ASUS, maker of the popular Eee netbook computer, is planning to enter the burgeoning e-book reader market by the end of the year. Their reader could be the first to have dual screens and, according to Slash Gear, may come in two sizes, 6-inch and 9-inch touchscreens.
According to Times Online, ASUS “confirmed last week that it is planning to shake up the market in the same way it did when it launched the first netbook â€” the low-cost alternative to the laptop.” Click here to read the complete article.
I love the idea of a dual-screen device, even though I’m quite used to reading on a single screen now. It would be great to not have to turn the page as often, and it might win over people who are resistant to the idea of e-book reading. Two screens would seem more like a “real” book.
So far there’s no word on what formats will be available for the device, but the cost of the device is rumored to be about $165. (Information Week, Sept. 9, 2009)
What do you think? Would an inexpensive, dual screen e-book reader tempt you?
I also buy ebooks and am drowning in books. I save them to those little thumb drives aka flash drives or if I am at home I use my external drive (called a My Book). I think I get wound up about technology advances these days, eventhough I am a tech junkie, because as we advance do we know what the game plan is for the future? I saw a group of children walking home with IPODS firmly inserted while texting and then the one on the end laughed and nodded. They were texting one another! EReaders would at least continue the use of books, since I am beginning to believe the children of the POD generation will not understand the turning of a real page or even how to read aloud. I will take chocolate and lots of it now. Holly
on September 16, 2009
Abbie/Holly, what, you want the US of A to stop being the nation of excess? I'm not sure that's in our national character. 😉
Right now the e-reader market is in a state of growth and flux. At some point, the buyers will decide what works and what doesn't and some of the devices will simply disappear. I hate to think about stifling innovation at this point. And FWIW reading electronically does help save some tress, not to mention saving me from drowning in print books. I ran out of storage space years ago.
As my high school English teacher used to say, "To each his own. That's why we have chocolate, vanilla and strawberry."
on September 16, 2009
My question is: Will we or are we still the nation of excess? I mean netbooks, laptops and computers all handle ereader programs. Do we really still need to next cool toy? I know the answer for some is of course yes, but the redundancy of some of the "new" things seems overwhelming. Like the I-phone, how much of our lives do we give away to gadgets? Has the recession taught us nothing? I know this is a little harsh. I guess in reducing my carbon footprint. It becomes a future cartoon of some whipping out their phone to tweet, their netbook to type a memo, and then their E-book to read–all carried by the pack mule it is going to take to get from point "A" to to point "B" with the proper gear in tow. 🙂 Holly