Originally Posted by dmaul1114
And the more the better as any thing that increases the number of people with the ability to buy and read e-books is good for all of us--regardless of device were prefer to read on personally. Expanding the market will lead to better selection, better prices, and probably the death of DRM eventually (easier to be tough on a niche vs. a mass market media with fierce competition).
Yes, there's no doubt that we all benefit from an expansion in the access to ebooks. A lot of people read using Stanza or similar applications on their phones already. Obviously there's nothing wrong with that, it's just not as good an experience as reading on a reflective display.
And sure, there's a market for a device that will display technical documents in full size with colour. But in comparison to the market for readers that will handle novels this market is tiny. I'm as bad at buying toys as anyone else, and let's face it, the majority of students will justify buying an iSlate (or whatever it'll be called) on the basis of reading textbooks, then use it to browse the web or watch videos.
In the overwhelmingly vast majority of cases reading simply means unadorned text, and monochrome is all you need. You'll be able to read documents on whatever LCD-based tablets come out next year, but let's be honest, it'll be a secondary use.
I think people are just tired (I certainly am) of the inevitable comment that's appeared whenever any tech site covered ereaders in the past few years claiming that they're all rubbish because they don't do colour. That makes as much sense as saying that a Sony 505 is useless because it can't make phone calls.