8 Replies Latest reply on Jun 25, 2010 1:05 AM by ABthree

    "Dedicated E-Readers: They're History"

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      Dedicated E-Readers: They're History

        • Re: "Dedicated E-Readers: They're History"

          Just more iPadolatry.  We've heard it all before.  I still don't believe it, especially now that I've actually held the dread iPad in my hands. 

           

          Read a whole book on that thing?  I don't think so! :smileyvery-happy:

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            If the article had addressed the eyestrain problem with the IPad, I would be able to allow it credibility. Without that, it's just another Apple propaganda.

             

            I just can't take seriously articles that leave out information that might skew their own take on things. I find this type of writing irritating. Give me some RELEVANT information that takes ALL factors into account, and I'll give the matter some thought before I take it as gospel.

             

            The IPad definitely has an audience and it is a very cool device. But as a replacement for an ereader...don't think so.

             

            when I leave the house, I usually have THINGs to do, PEOPLE to see and PLACES to go.  I can watch DVDs, cruise the net, etc at home on the devices that I already own and have paid for, when I HAVE TIME TO DO THAT! My ereader takes the place of something I actually DID always take with me everywhere...a book. And for that reason, it is a device that is relevant in my life as opposed to an Ipad which is not.

             

            pamela

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              Sorry if that sounded crabby....ACK! !!

               

              Hubby the technogeek who has read ONE book in our entire marriage {and then only half of it} is the type to read this and take it as God's truth because it reinforces his own belief that no one could possible need to READ a book, let alone own a device that is dedicated to such a pastime. And just because his job is in computers, that makes him an expert on having to read off computers all day long every day. I keep telling him to read a BOOK on it (and every word), then get back to me.

               

              This kind of article just makes him insufferable. He doesn't need the encouragement.  

               

              :smileyhappy:

               

              pamela

              • Re: "Dedicated E-Readers: They're History"

                Both the Nook and Kindel have web browsers - so I guess they are not "dedicated" e-readers either :smileyhappy:

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                    It's kind of like saying why buy just a book when for a few hundred dollars more and a monthly committment for connection services,  I could buy a tv, a laptop, dvd, some movies, a stereo and some music to play on it?

                     

                    Well....because I just needed a book. And I already have those things.

                     

                    One of the first thing folks are taught about smart shopping is to ask themselves "can I afford to spend several hundred dollars extra on whistles and bells? Do I NEED my book to sing to me, surf the net, get my email, etc? Does having a book that does those things justify the few extra hundred dollars when I really just need a book to READ?"

                     

                    pamela

                  • Re: "Dedicated E-Readers: They're History"

                    He's wrong about this generation of iPads. He's also wrong with the 2011 prediction, I think. However, he is right that the "dedicated eReader" is going to have a short life time. Multi-purpose entertainment devices will replace dedicated eReaders, and it will probably happen within a few years.

                     

                    Why use a device that only lets your read a book, when you could use a device that lets your read a book, surf the web, watch videos, play music, play games, communicate via e-mail, take notes, navigate via GPS, etc.? Today we choose a dedicate eReader, because such multi-purpose devices have some drawbacks when it comes to reading books: the displays don't work well in several different lighting situations and cause eye strain when used for prolonged reading periods, the battery lifetime is either too short, or requires a heavy battery, and the device itself is too heavy for comfortable book reading. Despite this, many people still choose to use the multi-purpose devices instead of the dedicated eReader, so it's obvious which would win out if these short comings could be addressed. There in lies the key. These short comings are being addressed, and we'll have devices this year or next that begin to address them. New display technology is coming out that is full color, has refresh rates capable of displaying HD video, doesn't cause eye strain, is viewable in pretty much the same lighting scenarios as eInk including bright sunlight, and uses very little energy. This will make it possible to offer multi-purpose devices that have none of the drawbacks associated with the current generation of multi-purpose devices with respect to book reading.

                     

                    So, dedicated eReaders will be replaced, and it will happen quite soon. That doesn't mean the Nook/Kindle/etc. are going to die. It just means that future versions of them are unlikely to be just deciated eReaders. So there's no reason to be concerned here.

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                        "Why use a device that only lets your read a book, when you could use a device that lets your read a book, surf the web, watch videos, play music, play games, communicate via e-mail, take notes, navigate via GPS, etc.?"

                         

                        Because I already have all of that on my two computers and my Android smartphone. I don't need it and don't them and don't want them on my ereader. I read on my ereader and that is all I want to do. When those other things get put on my ereader they become bloatware and redundent.

                        • Re: "Dedicated E-Readers: They're History"

                          sirwillard wrote:

                          He's wrong about this generation of iPads. He's also wrong with the 2011 prediction, I think. However, he is right that the "dedicated eReader" is going to have a short life time. Multi-purpose entertainment devices will replace dedicated eReaders, and it will probably happen within a few years.

                           


                          Yeah, exactly the way that food processors replaced blenders.
                          Oh, wait -- people are still buying blenders!  :smileysurprised:
                          Never mind. :smileytongue: