Ebooks are inevitable

Three Ebooks links:

1. ArsTechnica posted an excellent article on ‘the once and future Ebook‘ that’s worth reading start to finish. Suffers perhaps from some Apple fanboyism (I’m not 100% convinced as it claims, that the iPhone/iPod have such huge potential as Ebook readers, certainly not in their current state, and it seems a bit down on the Kindle). The article is quite right that Ebooks are inevitable, though.

2. Meanwhile, Google has launched a mobile version of Google book search, formating classic books for mobile phone browsers.

‘What if you could also access literature’s greatest works, such as Emma and The Jungle Book, right from your phone?’ (And for free). Nice formatting in the iPhone browser, and something I’m going to try reading from in the next couple of weeks.

3. Official-looking Kindle 2 pictures; hopefully there will be an international launch this time. Sensibly, Amazon also appears to be considering opening up access to the Kindle software/infrastruture. This is actually the way I got hooked on the iPod (and then the iPhone) – I got iTunes for free, like it a lot, and later bought the hardware.

4 thoughts on “Ebooks are inevitable

  1. I actually did have a read through that article (thanks delicious network!) and it was a good read. I agree that it was a little too up on the potential of the iPod. I use mobipocket on my blackberry, infact used it since I had a Palm, and it works ok, but as the article says it still doesn’t feel quite right and I’ve yet to find the happy device for my reading. I got a close up look at the Sony product at the Grand Designs show last year, and that does look like a fantastic product, however it suffers from the fact I would be unlikely to carry it around with me. Good for at home reading or holiday reading, but in those situations it’s perfectly acceptable to have some physical books. It might require some kind of dual screen phone device, that can work in LCD or e-ink mode. By which I meat two screens layered on top of each other to not take up more actual space, but I’ve not a clue how complex such a design would be.

  2. Hmm, worrying development. Just checked that Google books for mobiles, and it doesn’t display on my BlackBerry browser. Does the event of Android suggest Google are now concentrating on it, and not a more open approach? Thankfully it works in Opera Mini, but I do hope it’s not a precedent.

  3. The Sony eReader is pretty nice – the screen is terrific – but the lack of decent, iTunes style software support rendered it a bit hacky I thought. That’s why I’m so interested in the Kindle – the idea of the machine simply being this front end to an unlimited library is a pretty sexy one…

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