I’ve proclaimed the death of eInk more than once, the first time here:
And how eInk was detrimental to the future of books, here:
With the excitement I’m seeing over the NookColor, I’m wondering if all of that will now actually come true.
Human beings are fickle creatures. Someone with an eInk display sitting next to someone with a color screen is likely to have something funny happen in their head.
I quote from my previous post, E Is Also For Envy:
Before the night was through, this guy who had been very satisfied with his Aero began to feel like a pauper — because everyone else had color screens!
I was shocked by his turnaround in attitude. Suddenly the Aero was no longer good enough for him. Owning it seemed to be a reflection of his economic status. Even of his social status. Of his very manliness!
What I don’t understand is why anyone should be excited by the NookColor. Is it because it’s simply the New New Thing?
What about all those praises readers once had for eInk, about long battery life, less eyestrain, less weight, reading in direct sunlight, etc?
If Amazon shows a KindlePad, will eInk sales everywhere — even Kindle 3 sales — start to dry up?
You can have something better than a NookColor just by getting a Samsung Galaxy Tab, an Archos 70 Internet Tablet, or the upcoming Cruz Tablet. Each would give you a Nook, a Kobo Reader, and an Amazon Kindle in one device!
I didn’t see anyone saying they’d drop their eInk device for any of those tablets!
Sometimes you lot just make my head spin like a top.