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Will e-books ride on mini-PC's coattails?

A friend sent me a link to a post on the Dear Author blog about the new itty bitty PCs—laptops only if you have a toddler-sized lap. One idea is that these will compete with e-readers, especially as they're multifunction and getting cheaper all the time. If it's a true PC (some of them come with Linux), and you can read an e-book on it, then you won't need to carry an additional device.

True if you need to carry a PC everywhere. But what if you don't? And besides, the advantage to the Kindle and the Sony is that they are built as reading devices, with e-ink screens to maximize eye comfort. I don't see them wiping out the e-reader market, especially not if the Kindle keeps free web access. If that were true, I think laptops would have become e-readers by now.

But as technology advances, we could definitely see the all inclusive device in our future—phone, GPS, web browser, e-reader, all in one. Star Trek tricorder here we come!




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miladyinsanity
Aug. 24th, 2008 03:56 pm (UTC)
It's a stop-gap solution, and I think the trend comes from the mini-PCs they are producing to sell in places like Africa.

I did suggest to a friend that she buy one, but I think what we are waiting for is a device that doesn't have a keyboard. Think an iPhone, but bigger. A small slate tablet--a tablet PC laptop without a keyboard--perhaps.
karen_w_newton
Aug. 24th, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC)
An electronic book, in fact!
miladyinsanity
Aug. 24th, 2008 07:07 pm (UTC)
I don't believe in one-use devices.

I mean a mini-PC in tablet form. I really do think that touch screens are the only way to go.
karen_w_newton
Aug. 24th, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
They do have the beauty of clarity and flxibility. My bank is swicthing to touch screen ATMs. Much easier to use.
miladyinsanity
Aug. 24th, 2008 07:17 pm (UTC)
Humans are tactile creatures.
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karen_w_newton
Aug. 24th, 2008 07:03 pm (UTC)
And better in terms of space. My house is bursting at the seams!
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