So there’s an article on businessweek.com about how e-books are finally ready to the wave of the future—again—and all that jazz. While that’s exciting news—again—this jumped out at me:
Sony is the first major player to take advantage of the technology. This spring, it will debut the Sony Reader, which uses E Ink and closely mimics the size, weight, and feel of a book. The Reader will sell for about $400. Sony also will offer roughly 10,000 book titles for download from its online store, along with news stories and blog items.
$400 ain’t gonna cut it people. Maybe with the upper-business class guy they interviewed, but not with the majority.
Imagine my house…the two boys and I are not only voracious readers, but we’re pack rats. The husband can’t turn around, walk around or sit down without tripping over and/or moving books. Now imagine my telling him I need $400 to buy a device to read books on. (But not to replace the piles we already have, but to buy more books.)
I think e-books may be the wave of the future, but they won’t be the wave of the present until you can get a decent reader for under a hundred bucks.