E-book or E-newspaper?
A colleague pointed out to me a recent article announcing Sony and Waterstones combined foray into the somewhat unsure world of E-books. The reader, which apparently can be read in direct sunlight and on an angle (perfect for those crammed tube journeys?), can hold over 100 e-books and has a battery life of around 7000 (E)-page turns. Will this be the death of printed book?
Hardly, I say! How can this compare to physically holding the book, the crackle of the pages, the changing emotions as you finally turn to the last page? You might disagree but maybe being a librarian in a previous life makes me biased! No I think there will always be a place for the printed book, but the printed newspaper on the other hand? How many times have you stood on a cramped tube or train with barely or no room to turn the pages on the newspaper without brushing the face of the person next to you? Or indeed arrived at work to find ink stains on your face?
The E-Reader could solve all that! Sadly Sony’s device requires a cable connection for you to download e-content – no wireless there I’m afraid. However apparently there is a competitor product from the US (due in the UK later this year) which allows the user to sign up for and receive an e copy of the newspaper of their choice each day. Now that sounds better! Not to mention all the saving on paper! Now I just need to find out what the cost of the reader is hmm……