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E-Readers a flop?

March 21st, 2008 by


About 6 months ago most people probably saw ads for Sony or Amazon’s new e-readers. However, the-readers are not a new hustle, they’ve just never really caught on. Maybe it’s the fact they range from 300 to 400 dollars which, in the books they compact into their digital interface, could buy the equivalent of hundreds of books. I enjoy the feeling of owning a book; from their feel to that brand new fresh book smell. The reason I wrote this is because I witnessed one in use on the train. A woman was reading a “traditional” book while a gentleman adjacent to her was enjoying the luxuries of his Amazon Kindle. Thousands of dollars have been spent on the e-readers respective ad campaigns the result is this one man:


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  • 1 Racheal Mar 21, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    All the hype over nothing. Books will never go out of style. We just have to start making more books from recycled paper (or hemp), books are an experience..turning the page is part of the plot….

  • 2 2Slick Mar 25, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    Most PDA and smart phones can already do this already for a much cheaper and enjoyable experiences….. seems like a doomed device to me….does it come with an eight track player?

  • 3 Jay Mar 30, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    Imagine if Apple came out with a tablet type device that rolls the functionality of a Kindle into it. They’re almost there with the iPhone/iPod Touch, the screens just aren’t big enough to make reading books on them enjoyable.

    Why carry around something this expensive that only does one thing? I typically don’t read more than one book at a time, so having an extensive library to select from doesn’t really add any functional benefit for the price.