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More from CES…

Some news on the Alex reader, whose creators are a bit upset about Barnes and Noble’s Nook, as well as the Skiff e-reader (backed by the magazine publishers, Hearst) and Plastic Logic’s long-awaited Que. There’s more, much more. Enough to force a “There are officially too damn many eBook readers” headline from Gizmodo:

A couple years back, we condemned digital photo frames as the spam of CES—this year, in the wake of the Christmas of Kindle, every company has its own ebook reader. And that’s a bad thing.

In that spirit, I tried hunting down a list of mp3 players available in 2001, just before the introduction of the first ipod. The best I could come up with in a few minutes is this from cNet. And this eerily analogous article from epinions. I wonder if we’ll look back on the likes of the nook with the same fondness we (don’t) remember the Rio800. (Don’t laugh, I almost bought one back then!)

Notes from CES

I’m not there, but there’s a bunch of e-book things happening in Vegas as we speak. In no particular order, here are some:

Samsung e-readers with handwriting recognition and a google books partnership

The enTourage EDGE twin-screened e-reader with one e-ink and one colour LCD screen

Liquavista’s colour e-ink screen (not yet in a device)

MSI’s twin screen Windows 7 “e-book” and;

Microsoft’s (well HP’s)Windows 7 slate

List time

Easing into 2010 with quick links to a couple of fun lists. First from the Daniel Finkelstein on The Times Online, with 2009’s top 10 pirated books:


2. Adobe Photoshop Secrets

3. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Amazing Sex

4. The Lost Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci

5. Solar House – A Guide for the Solar Designer

6. Before Pornography – Erotic Writing In Early Modern England

7. Twilight – Complete Series

8. How To Get Anyone To Say YES – The Science Of Influence

9. Nude Photography – The Art And The Craft

10. Fix It – How To Do All Those Little Repair Jobs Around The Home

Not a lost symbol in sight 🙂

And then from Beth Carswell at AbeBooks, the top ten reasons why we have stacks of unread books on our shelves:

1. It’s a book I feel like I should read.

2. It’s part of a series, and I haven’t read the earlier ones, yet.

3. Everyone I know is recommending it.

4. It’s intimidatingly enormous.

5. It’s a classic.

6.   My reading stacks get wildly out of control.

7. The siren call of the bargain bin.

8.  The author wrote something else we like.

9. It’s a textbook or an assignment

10. We have a friend/crush who works at the bookshop, or in my case…

At least on your kindle, they won’t be collecting dust…

Happy New Year!

Just back from a couple of weeks off on a small pacific island ignoring the existence of the internet. A few observations from my break.

  • I read 8 books, 3 in print, 1 on the Sony reader and 4 on my iphone
  • A Sony Reader fits nicely in a ziplock sandwich bag for reading on the beach
  • Having no electricity is not an issue – a Powermonkey Solar charger kept my devices charged throughout a week-long post Cyclone electricity outage
  • I saw my first kindle in the wild – being used next to a swimming pool at a flash resort
  • I saw my second kindle in the wild when friends brought one over on the day of our return
  • Apparently, it was a big Christmas day for kindle which saw e-book sales beat print book sales at Amazon

And one more thing – there’s an Apple event scheduled for January 27th. Maybe 🙂

Happy new Year!!