Sony Reader PRS-700: Key Issue

October 18, 2008

Sony Reader Model 700 Raises the Bar

Both the PRS-505 (with latest firmware) and PRS-700 fully support the PDF and EPUB standards, both open access and protected with Adobe ACS4 DRM, which means commercial eBooks can be purchased from hundreds of retailers and borrowed from thousands of public library systems. To me this is table stakes interoperability for a device worthy of my investment and attention. As a consumer, lock-in sucks. Sony has their own Connect eBook store, which they have been steadily improving, but I am not stuck with it as my only choice.

Emphasis added by me.

Let’s see … with the abominable Kindle you can

1) Buy eBooks from one store: Amazon

2) Borrow eBooks from zero public libraries

Yeah, but ain’t that wireless worth being locked in and isolated on Amazon’s Alcatraz?

The Sony Reader: For People Who Like To Read More

Kindle: Rhymes with Swindle!

eBooks: The Reality Of Plastic Logic

October 18, 2008

BBC News gave some PR love to Plastic Logic with an article and embedded video: The revolution of paperless paper

I reveal the secret FAIL of Plastic Logic in these pictures.

Ah, the rev-o-lu-tion-ar-y Plastic Logic Reader!

Why, notice how thin it is!

The plastic screen heart of it.

B-e-n-d!!!! Ha! Ha! Ha! Try that with an LCD!

Notice he does not likewise bend the framed screen!

Because that frame contains things that would break when bent: non-flexible circuit boards and a LiOn battery that will cause you grief if it rips open.

So yeah. A flexi-screen is a neat parlor trick.

But that’s all it is.

Be prepared to stuff that ginormous thing in a similarly-ginormous carrying case that won’t flex.

Reference: Free eBooks At Internet Archive

October 18, 2008

I keep forgetting about it!

The Internet Archive – Texts