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Old 09-13-2006, 04:28 PM   #1
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Amazon Kindle may promote competition - Sony Reader not before end of year?

I received a note from Nick Hampshire of Afaics Research today about Amazon's rumored plan to launch their own e-book reader. From the note:

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It would appear that the Kindle is being made for Amazon by Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co. Ltd. of Taiwan (one of the largest manufacturers of barebones PCs), and judging by the specs we can expect this to be priced at a level that will probably undercut Sony’s new EBR-500 reader set for launch in the US at the end of this year.

The submission also outlined a proposed Kindle Store within Amazon that would allow Kindle owners to buy and download e-books. This is obviously aimed at being a direct competitor to the SonyCONNECT store.

Not surprisingly Amazon are silent upon the subject of the Kindle, but the arrival of an Amazon branded e- reader and associated store will inject a lot more competition into the marketplace, something that should be welcomed by readers and publishers alike.
I put off writing about this because I wasn't ready in my heart to accept it, but did you notice that Nick mentioned "end of this year" as the new launch date for the Sony Reader?

Totally unrelated: Some evil doers have defaced the Website of Afaics' sister Website Digital Publishing News.
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Old 09-13-2006, 05:27 PM   #2
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Where'd he get that model number? The new Sony Reader PRS-500.

Wasn't EBR-500 the model for the prototype of the EBR-1000 (i.e. the Librié)?

While I don't mean to argue with Nick, and certainly meaning him no disrespect, I believe I'll stick with PC Mag's report of by the end of October. I haven't seen anything to contradict it that isn't based on the assumption that "the holidays" means Christmas or New Year's.
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My first impression was how incredibly ugly this thing must be. But the more I think about it, the more I'm convinced that it's a bad picture of it. It's no doubt a bit clunky, but it might fit a niche for people that need an e-ink device with a keyboard, and not a touch screen.

On the other hand, for typical reading like a novel, it seems like the keyboard might be a little annoying.

I guess we won't know until someone holds it in their hands and let's us know what it's really like. The good thing is that every new device helps move e-ink readers forward, and the more they get into the mainstream, the better for all of us e-book fans.
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Old 09-19-2006, 01:30 PM   #4
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Bob, the ugliness is the first thing I saw too. I don't care how functional it is, it has to look good before I am going to buy it.
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Can they actually launch it? I mean, this is patented technology, we are getting a authorised screen for Europe (the iLiad), some for China (where intelectual property is fuzzy bussiness), one for Japan (Librie) and one for the USA (again Sony). Did the people of Sony forgot to buy exclusivity for USA? Are amazon guys planning to sell it from a mail store company in Brasil or something so?
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I expect they're getting their displays from the same place Sony, HanLin and iRex are getting theirs, if that's what you mean ....

Ah, now I get what you're saying. I don't think Sony could buy 'exclusivity' if they wanted to -- we have anti-monopoly laws here in the U.S. (and I don't mean the board game!)

Besides, the e-Ink corporation has to want as many buyers for the product as they can manage, so they'd certainly be unhappy if PVI started trying to sell monopolies.

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