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Old 09-11-2006, 01:31 PM   #16
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Strange that it has no support for PDF. I guess they have some sort of conversion program on the desktop component.

Is it THAT difficult to have an ebook reader capable of supporting both a OEBPSish kind of file and a PDFish kind of file?
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Old 09-11-2006, 01:31 PM   #17
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They might be late for the Iliad but they still have a chance for the Sony....
Whether they beat the Sony will depend a lot on how close Amazon is to popping this rascal.

I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that they won't be lauching the Kindle before the end of October (Sony's expected time-frame), but they may well beat the HanLin V2.
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Old 09-11-2006, 01:34 PM   #18
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The producer seems to be Hon Hai Precision Industries (aka Foxconn).

You know, the company with the slogan "free speech? we've heard about it".
l'Inq about it http://uk.theinquirer.net/?article=34040

I don't think it's about beating or not beating. We should be happy that they might get ebooks right this time, so we don't have to wait another 5-10 years (again)
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Old 09-11-2006, 01:43 PM   #19
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Strange that it has no support for PDF. I guess they have some sort of conversion program on the desktop component.

Is it THAT difficult to have an ebook reader capable of supporting both a OEBPSish kind of file and a PDFish kind of file?
The manual doesn't say much on it, but page 15 mentions that "You can also convert and transfer personal MSWord, PDF, and other documents." (emphasis, mine)


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I don't think it's about beating or not beating. We should be happy that they might get ebooks right this time, so we don't have to wait another 5-10 years (again)
That gets a great big 'Amen' from me!
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Old 09-11-2006, 01:47 PM   #20
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Imagine Amazon doing e-book sales? Their site is major and operational not a newbie.

Sony should have delivered it's product sooner, now they lost their edge.

Maybe Amazon is hyping to get us to consider their offering. It's not the first time a company deliberately lets out info about a possible contender...

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Old 09-11-2006, 01:49 PM   #21
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You may be right, but in this case it was the FCC who leaked out the specs, and Engadget is known to spend their free time on FCC's website looking for unreleased information ;-)
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Old 09-11-2006, 01:56 PM   #22
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Imagine Amazon doing e-book sales? Their site is major and operational not a newbie.

Sony should have delivered it's product sooner, now they lost their edge.
Yeah, Amazon has the book sales thing down pat, but their hardware design team could use some inspiration... I mean, yuck. That thing is *ugly*. And they seem to be creating something that's only for reading Amazon books.

I still think there's room for other ebook devices to compete. We certainly haven't seen the perfect ebook reader announced yet...
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I doubt they are aiming for Christmas 2006. It doesn't make sense to keep it under wraps for so long. Sony Reader has captured a lot of advance publicity; my guess is summer 2007.
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Does Apple sell design services ?

Star Trek went of the airways long ago!
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Old 09-11-2006, 02:14 PM   #25
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That's not even remotely Star Trek.

Star Trek is PADDs with color display and way less frame.

That's Battlestar Galactica or Raumpatrollie Orion (strange black'n'white german scifi)

concerning "perfect" ebook reader: Until now the iliad beats all the other readers hands down. (well, except the price)
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Old 09-11-2006, 02:22 PM   #26
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Until now the iliad beats all the other readers hands down.
Considering that there are no other e-ink readers on the market at the moment, I agree with you.

I also agree that the Kindle is more like 70's Battlestar Galactica.
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Old 09-11-2006, 03:11 PM   #27
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Any chance of someone posting the PDF of the Amazon Kindle user manual? Seems it's no longer on the FCC site, mysteriously enough, or the link cited above (on page 1 of this thread) isn't working. Many thanks!
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Old 09-11-2006, 03:17 PM   #28
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Well, butter my backside and call me a biscuit -- they seem to have shut it down.

How fortunate that I happened to pull a copy onto my hard drive.

Unfortunately, I didn't pull copies of the photos, those were interesting.

Addition: Some of the stuff seems to still be there, but they have, indeed, pulled the manual and the photos. (sigh)
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Old 09-11-2006, 03:26 PM   #29
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My question now is when we are going to see a Google ebook reader. The trend in online content seems to be that the physical stuff (devices, peripherals, high speed access) is where the real money is, since digital content is becoming more and more available at unbeatable prices (0$!!).

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I could'nt open the one you posted NatCh so I'm posting my copy and the one with the pictures.

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