I could kiss my 2006 self for linking to these!
September 2006, Ars Technica: Sony e-book reader to ship next week, but does anybody want it?
Will that be enough to woo consumers this time around? It will be a tough sell, especially if Amazon decides to release its own e-book gadget with the more bookish Amazon brand name behind it.
Very prescient there.
September 27, 2006: phony reader
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: ebooks are a dead end. Will it be convenient some day to be able to read print books digitally? Certainly. Will the Sony Reader find a niche? Maybe (but Sony Ericsson’s phones look far more dynamic than this feeble device). Is this the future of reading and writing? I don’t think so. Ebooks and their specialized hardware are a red herring in a much bigger and more mysterious plot that is still unfolding.
It’s 2011. Has that plot “unfolded” yet?
September 28, 2006: eBook readers for the gentle reader
The distinction here is that the Sony Reader is likely going to be a closed product; Sony has a horrible track record regarding their support for end-user modification. The iLiad, on the other hand, is based on the open-source operating system Linux. They are required by law to release much of the source code for the device, and they fully intend to. End-users will be able to write new software for the iLiad, and this is a Very Good Thing. The end result is that new and interesting software for the iLiad will be written for years to come, while the Sony Reader will only run software that Sony has written or deemed worthy to run on the device.
Hey, it’s “years” later. Still got that iLiad software coming in, pal?
September 29, 2006, Wired: Sony Reader Is a Work in Progress
But I love the feel, heft and smell of books, the tangible touch of the page, seeing their spines on the shelves.
How many more years must we hear that fucking litany?
October 1, 2006, Telegraph: This is a real page-turner
And yet, for all this, there is something depressing about the thought of an electronic book. What about the visceral pleasure of reading an old-fashioned paper one – smelling the thing, holding it, feeling its weight?
October 6, 2008, USA Today: Sony device gets e-book smart
Until Sony lowers the price of the Reader, I’m sticking with paperbacks when I travel. But I’ll readily admit there’s something appealing about carrying a boatload of books in the backpack.
Oct. 11, 2006, Time: Sony Reader
What I’d like to see are more educational titles, and at some point a partnership with the publishers of high-school and college text books. If, for no other reason, the back-breaking load of books kids bring home (or fail to bring home) might be lightened. Besides, kids aren’t going to have a hard time with an e-book reader replacing their good old hardcovers. To them, a book will just be how people read in the era of the long-playing vinyl record.
Wonderful final line!
October 13, 2006: Has the iPod for Books Arrived?
The Reader is being hawked as a product for book lovers, not one exclusively for geeks. You can buy the Reader online and at SonyStyle stores now, but it’s supposed to roll out at 300 Borders locations later this month.
Five years Borders wasted!
October 12, 2006, New York Times/Pogue: Trying Again to Make Books Obsolete
The masses, however, may continue to prefer the more established portable-document format. Those older reading machines never run out of power, cost about 2 percent as much and don’t break when dropped. You know: p-books.
Well, here we are in 2011. Things are changing, eh?