Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Sony Unveils E-book Reader

Apparently, Sony has unveiled an e-book reader device that according to Howard Stringer, Chairman and CEO of Sony Corporation, “could do for reading what the iPod has done for listening to music." The device is the size of a paperback and can hold hundreds of books. What's cool about this gadget is that the text is displayed on "electronic paper." According to the Sydney Morning Herald, "the Reader displays its text on a page of high-resolution electronic paper that is virtually indistinguishable from the real thing. Electronic paper also needs relatively little power, so the life of a battery should not be a problem." It sounds like the end of print culture is near. How will this affect the writing community? I believe that there are endless possibilities and writers will embrace this new technology which can lead to new forms of narrtive and structure. I wonder if the Reader will be able to play audiobooks or have the capability to input text. Now, that might justify the $300-400 price tag. I mean with that amount of cash I could get another ipod.

Here is another article about Sony's Reader from the BBC.

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