This needs to be prefaced with a quote from Steve Jobs himself that David Pogue got a few weeks ago:
Q: Has your opinion of e-readers changed?
A: I’m sure there will always be dedicated devices, and they may have a few advantages in doing just one thing. But I think the general-purpose devices will win the day because I think people just probably aren’t willing to pay for a dedicated device. You notice Amazon never says how much they sell; usually if they sell a lot of something, you want to tell everybody.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
Earlier this week I posted Steve (Chippy) Paine’s video of the Archos 5 Internet Tablet as an eBook reader.
After the break, you will see why I’ve seen fit to repeat that Steve Jobs quote!
The Archos 5 Internet Tablet can pair with both a Bluetooth keyboard and Bluetooth mouse right out of the box!
Check the action in this YouTube video:
Anyone who is technically proficient enough will understand why the Archos 5 Internet Tablet has now become a huge Go Drop Dead to the Sony Reader and other ePub-capable devices.
I don’t like the fact that Chippy has reported many crashes and that the person in this video reports two crashes while shooting it.
The Archos 5 isn’t there yet. But if Archos can kick out a firmware update that makes crashes a rare — instead of currently-expected — thing, it would be a great example of Steve Jobs’ quote to anyone who wants ePub reading on a portable — but not single-purpose — device.