TECH TALK: The Librie
I suppose everyone has a different idea of the Holy Grail of portable e-text readers. Being able to read such a device in any light that works for a print book would be one basic one. Personally, I'd want to be able to at least bookmark pages and probably annotate them as well.
Thus far the model is a normal printed book. But of course we're all just a little spoiled by technology. People like me with truly awful handwriting pretty much count these days on having a keyboard or similar device for legible notes. And, unless a new document standard somehow takes over, being able to download PDF's (preferably a lot of them) would be very nice. And battery power should be enough not to make recharging a nuisance.
Sounds like a job for Apple, doesn't it? If only younger consumers were as attached to their reading matter as to their music and videos.
For now, the most recent offering comes from Sony: the Sony Librie. It is said to work in any light, and at any angle. It also has 10 mb of internal memory and can handle 10,000 pages on 2 AA batteries. Otherwise? Well, it uses a proprietary format, for one thing. And it doesn't appear to have any manual input device. So it's still a long way from MY Holy Grail.
Oh, and it's only being made for Japan. Just now. (Which probably means your local upscale electronics place will have it next year.) But if you're a hard core early adopter, you can always get your mitts on one here:
Me, I'm still watching for Sir Gawain.