Shannon Stacey

More Ramen noodles please

So there’s an article on 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.

3 comments to “More Ramen noodles please”

  1. Stef
      · February 23rd, 2006 at 2:36 am · Link

    I agree, Shannon. Way too pricey for me. I wonder if ebooks can someday be downloaded to iPods? The screen is awfully tiny, I suppose, so maybe that wouldn’t be a good thing. Of course, iPods are also expensive, but they do other things besides music.

    Hope all’s well with you! I’m trying to catch up with blogs tonight, and thought I’d pop over and say hello.

  2. Anna Lucia
      · February 23rd, 2006 at 3:30 am · Link

    Yeah, they’ll be the must-have but not for the have-nots.

    But I reckon prices will come down soon. Give it a year or two.

  3. Cece
      · February 25th, 2006 at 4:13 pm · Link

    Not sure how this fits into the grand scheme of things but i bought a sony MP3 player only to find out it’s not compatible with licensed WMA music–of which I have tons! :devil: I hope they do better with an ebook reader

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