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eBook reader

over 10 years ago

One of my relatives today asked me about eBook readers... although I sort of look at them as a gimmick I had recently investigated the capabilities of the Kindle, Sony Reader and the Nook. (While Wikipedia has a whole list of readers, it seems that these three are the main contenders).

I explained that they are better off reading books the old fashioned way and then donating these books to the library or the local thrift store.

But I started thinking: "Hmm these things would be decent for reading papers. Like if I could browse Google Scholar and/or read the arXiv, maybe even subscribe to RSS feeds... then I'd buy one". It seems though that I already poses such a device: my computer(s).

Actually if I could get licenses to read all of my existing texts...


over 10 years ago (20 Jan 2010 at 11:32 PM) by David Isaacson
I think it would be cool if e-paper was really paper-y... like if it felt like reading a book. Otherwise it is just another screen, I don't really see the advantage either. Might as well get an iPhone! *runs away*
over 10 years ago (21 Jan 2010 at 06:51 PM) by Stou S.
I think the point is that it's the size of a book and portable and you can take it on the plane/train/etc. I guess digital paper is better than LCD. Also the Nook apparently runs Android.
over 10 years ago (21 Jan 2010 at 07:15 PM) by David Isaacson
If I had a million dollars... I'd probably get a kindle just to try it out. But there is something very satisfying about real books too, they feel good.. and they smell good. Seems like everything's becoming digital. Even this conversation.