The Future of reading

From the huffington post about e-readers.

As the popularity of digital readers continues to expand, so does the debate around the best format for the devices. At Sony, we actively work with organizations that share our commitment to openness; we worked with Google to bring free books to our users and we recently teamed with self-publishing services to open a new door for independent authors. We’ve also partnered with libraries across the country through our Library Finder application, which provides digital visitors the same opportunity as physical visitors to browse and check out their local library’s full collection of eBooks.

To truly open the future of books and reading, consumers must be set free from proprietary devices and formats. I call other members of our industry to join us in this practice. We owe it to those who came before us to bring access to as many as possible. Open formats in the digital age embrace the traditions of the past and build a strong foundation for the future.

Great Comment here:

Let me recommend another device for reading: It is random-access, highly portable, requires only natural, easily available energy, and is simple to use. You don’t have to shut it down when the airline people tell you to turn off your electronic devices and put your tray table up.

These devices are already commercially available and can, in fact, be borrowed for free. They last for decades, even centuries, and no arbitrary changes are planned for the future. When using this device you don’t have to call for help to find the right command when the screen goes blank or freezes, or get a new equipment every few months because your electronic reader is now obsolete and your electronic books unusable on the new readers.

The device is, of course, the book and its close relatives, the magazine, the comic book, and the graphic novel. Someday, electronic books will undoubtedly replace the book, but so far none of them has all the advantages of the book. Right now, they are only androids, approximations of the real thing.


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