That looks pretty impressive! Touch screen is nice, too! I hadn't even thought of using a larger eReader for sheet music - great idea!ElLector said:I think the competition is formidable. It's a competitive market now, and book giants like Barnes and Noble will not stay behind, so they'll find any source to get in the race with, and, now, it appears that B&N will join forces with Plastic Logic's e-reader. I can't lie, but Plastic Logic's e-reader looks amazing! (I don't do touchscreen, though.)
I do not have any inside information, but I think some Publishers and some Authors are dragging their feet out of fear of the unknown. They will eventually have to come aboard. Hopefully much sooner rather than later.Mycroft said:As for selling the Kindle world wide, my understanding is that the sticking points are negotiating with foreign mobile carriers and international copyright issues. From what I've read, Amazon has been working very hard on this - it had been rumored that something would be announced at this week's press conference, and I'm disappointed that there's still no word. But I'm confident that it will happen eventually, at least in Canada and the UK.
In terms of the competition within the US market, there are competing readers that have very compelling - even superior - hardware features. However, I believe that the Amazon Kindle's "killer app" is the much larger and relatively less expensive catalog of books and periodicals.
It works well, and is formatted well on the Sony. I've not tried to get it onto the Kindle. As far as "Kindlers unite", I've had a problem with the competition thing between kindlers and other ereaders. I don't understand it. I have owned e-readers since the rocketbook. I have bought the k1, k2 and Sony's 505 and 700. They are all great readers. They have different "personalities" but all are good. I have seen many an ereader fail. And I want to say that the more people buying e-readers, and ebooks, the more stable it will be for all consumers, no matter what brand. I don't see how people think if they are putting pirated books on their readers (instead of buying books), sending "free" magazines, blogs, newspapers, ect to their kindles via whispernet, they expect the market to be able to hold up. The whispernet transfer is "free on purchase" of the book/blog ect. because it is included in the price. How do people expect the market to stay viable if they won't support it with money. Yes, we bought the reader, that is like buying the wooden bookshelf. You still have to pay for the materials for publisher to continue to provide it. My point is, it isn't a competition between consumers, and competition between business is a good thing. Sorry, I'll get off my soap box now, kick it to the side, (the left, in case your looking for it ) .jason10mm said:I'm more interested in the Google e-book program. Who knew? Are they kindle compatible or at least convertible?
That was what I was thinking about. They look to be PDF format, which makes the DX appealing.jason10mm said:I'm more interested in the Google e-book program. Who knew? Are they kindle compatible or at least convertible?
Depends. There's a recent court case whereby they may be allowed to sell out of print books that are still technically in copyright - but how that shakes out in reality with the copyright owners and publishers is yet to be announced.ProfCrash said:Does Google books really have that many more books? Or do they have a ton of Public Domain books as well as some of the same books you would find at Amazon?