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Old 09-11-2006, 02:49 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, 02:56 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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Old 09-11-2006, 02:57 PM   #23
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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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Old 09-11-2006, 02:58 PM   #24
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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, 03:14 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, 03:22 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, 04:11 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, 04:17 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, 04:26 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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Old 09-11-2006, 04:30 PM   #30
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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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Old 09-11-2006, 04:33 PM   #31
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Many thanks for posting the manual. Anyone grab the pictures before someone in Seattle called and had them pulled?
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Old 09-11-2006, 04:33 PM   #32
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The one with the pictures is 2.25megs. It will not upload because of the 1meg limit. Anyone know how I can work around this?
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Old 09-11-2006, 04:48 PM   #33
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The only thing that comes to mind is to screen cap each page and post them as pong files (PNG -- I call them that in honor of the Pioneer), or some other compressed variant.
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Old 09-11-2006, 04:53 PM   #34
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I only have reader installed
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Old 09-11-2006, 05:04 PM   #35
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I tried to open it with Photoshop. It refuses because of a security lock. There is a security signature preventing extraction and copying content.
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Old 09-11-2006, 05:09 PM   #36
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Open it in Adobe Reader and do Ctrl+Print Screen to get a screen capture of each individual page.

Or do you have a MacPuter? I don't know how to do a screen capture on MacPuters....
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Old 09-11-2006, 05:44 PM   #37
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Oh dear, even the manual is ugly! A5-sized pages printed as A4, and all the images have bitmapped text. Doesn't say much for an ebook reader, I'd think.

This thing looks like a prop from the original HHGG TV miniseries (c'me on, someone say another TV series, this is fun!). I don't care much about design: I don't own anything Applish, but this is just plain stupid. I don't really need a keyboard, either, and that occupies too much room.

Oh Sony, where(fore) art thou, Sony?

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I've been thinking about the ... odd format of the manual -- my theory on it is that they mean the text part (minus the margins) to be the size of the screen.

Okay, how about Lost in Space?
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It just occured to me that the way the side edges slant in toward the top face might make this thing a bit annoying to pick up from a flat surface.
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Old 09-11-2006, 06:35 PM   #40
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Now that Amazon owns Mobipocket, I hope this new device of theirs doesn't kill any chance of Mobi being available for the Iliad.
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