Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Why the Sony Reader is doomed

by Rob - October 1st, 2006.
Filed under: Uncategorized.

One of the great joys of reading ebooks — which I do all the time — is reading in the dark, when your partner is sleeping. But the much-touted e-ink in the Sony ebook is passively illuminated: it depends on ambient light falling on it to be visible. It’s great if you’re reading outdoors, less so if reading in dim light, and unusable if you’re in the dark …

… unless you CLIP ON AN EXTERNAL FLASHLIGHT, just like those geeky little book-lights they sell at the check-out at bookstores.

To make the experience LIKE A BOOK doesn’t mean duplicating the drawbacks books have. What’s next? An ereader with a curved screen?

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