Dymocks goes iLiad
I noted the other week that Dymocks didn’t appear to have any ebook devices on which to read their much-touted electronic library. Well, it didn’t take long. Accroding to the Sydney Morning Herald, they’re now selling the iRex iliad for a terrifying $899 (AUD).
Now, the iLiad’s been getting pretty good reviews, but at that price, I can’t see them flying off the shelves. Just for comparison, the kindle and the sony reader are less than $500 in equivalent currency (although not available in Australia) and have a wider range of titles for the moment.
Sounds like a broken record, but I don’t think the ebook thing will take off until (1) the reading experience is ‘good enough’ compared to printed books, (2) ebooks are more convenient and (3) there’s a cost advantage. We’re pretty close with (1) getting there with (2), and at nearly a thousand bucks to read a few books, a long way from (3)