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Why the iPhone is the best and worst e-book reader ever

Seeing the eReader program icon on the iPhone's screen literally brought tears to Joe Hutsko's eyes. Having spent the last decade reading scores of e-books from backlit cover to cover on Palm, Windows Mobile, Nokia and BlackBerry devices, he thought the arrival of eReader to the iPhone was a dream come true ...

Road warriors: Take your library with you

E-book readers allow you to take hundreds of books and documents along with you in a device that’s not much bigger than your smartphone. Michael Kassner looks at the technology behind these products and offers his opinion about two e-book readers using a road warrior’s perspective.

A digital Albom through Kindle

Porco reiterated Amazon.com's claim — a surprise to some publishers — that Kindle downloads from early June through early July made up 12 percent of total sales for the more than 100,000 books available both through the e-book reader and in traditional form. In early June, at the annual booksellers convention, Amazon.com head Jeff Bezos said Kindle sales were 6 percent of the market for books in both formats.

Cites & Insights 8:8 available

Cites & Insights 8:8, August 2008, is now available. The whole issue is PDF, but individual essays are available in HTML from the C&I home page or the article links below.

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Kindle 2.0

From Speak Quietly:

If your hoping for a new Kindle for Christmas, you may be in luck. There's a new rumor out that says Amazon is preparing to launch two new Kindles (one in October and one a little later in the year or possibly 2009).

The new Kindle will alledgedly be smaller, cheaper, and prettier then the first generation one. Insiders say they are trying to target a younger audience.

Fujitsu to commercialize e-reader with color e-paper in the fall

Fujitsu Frontech, Tokyo-based subsidiary of the Fujitsu group, plans to sell its FLEPia, an e-reader using color e-paper, to mass consumers this fall. The exact launch date is yet unknown.

According to Japan’s leading business newspaper Nikkei [registration required], Fujitsu will initially offer the A4 version only (210×304×12mm). They didn’t say if the A5 device will follow.

Could Google Monopolize Human Knowledge?

Could Google Monopolize Human Knowledge? As Microsoft Backs Away From Digitizing Old Texts, Some Worry One Source Could Privatize It All: "It's not the end," he says, but he concedes that now would be a great time for the next Andrew Carnegie -- the 19th-century industrialist turned library-building philanthropist -- to step forward and leave his or her own legacy by financing an open, nonprofit, worldwide digital library.

"The best works of humankind are not on the Net yet," he says.

Living in the future with the book of books

Wayne MacPhail Takes A Look At his new Sony eBook Reader... "And, I have to say, holding a little silver book that contains a shelf full of fiction and research, it does feel like I'm living in the future. The fact that that future is 100 per cent DRM-free makes it taste pretty sweet. "

Electronic Papyrus: The Digital Book, Unfurled

Put a bigger screen on a cellphone or an e-reader, and soon it outgrows pocket size. Now a hallmark feature of these screens — their rigidity — is changing. New technologies are developing that make displays flexible, foldable or even as rollable as papyrus, so that large screens can be unfurled from small containers.

O’Rourke of the Flexible Display Center likes the look of the new generation of supple screens, but he also likes their toughness. “Some of them we’ve beaten with hammers, and they still run,” he said. “No one could do that with a BlackBerry.”

Dual-display e-book reader lets you flip pages naturally

E-book readers like the Kindle may be getting better, but still fall short of the usability of paper books. You can't turn or flip through pages, or compare different documents as you would with paper. A new prototype with two displays can do all that - as the video here shows.

The two leaves can be opened and closed to simulate turning pages, or even separated to pass round or compare documents. When the two leaves are folded back, the device shows one display on each side. Simply turning it over reveals a new page.


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