Sat Oct 10, 2009 4:50 pm Post
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Sun Oct 11, 2009 11:57 pm Post
spinningdoc wrote:But for that same journey, I'd only take one book. I never felt any need to desire to take half my library with me. I read a lot, and I have lots of books on the go, but not on the scale of my listening habits, because books aren't over and done with in 5 minutes, and I don't read them over and over in the same way I listen to music. In fact, one of the consolations of long train journeys is being able to plunge into a good book for several hours.
Practically speaking, having, say, six books to choose from might - might - be an advantage. But not £200 worth, and maybe not £50 worth.
Market size is another issue. Da Kidz are a huge tech buying market. Book buyers are a smaller, less tech savvy market, and many with an attachment to paper akin to the vinyl-fanatic's. MP3s took off in part because the industry had no choice. Music file sharing was happening in a way that book file sharing won't (partly because the tech for presenting it doesn't exist, ironically), so there's less of a market incentive to get eReaders to market.
Mon Oct 12, 2009 8:20 am Post
There's also the issue of file formats. There's no mp3 of ebooks as far as I can tell. Sony have always tried to force their own formats on the market, and while they're often technically superior, they generally lose out.
Mon Oct 12, 2009 9:15 am Post
Mon Oct 12, 2009 3:07 pm Post
For any high school or college student who has a number of 4 kg textbooks, having all that in one e-reader would be a god send on our backs.
If you think book file sharing isn’t already happening, you don’t know what’s going already going on.
Anyone can scan and OCR a book and upload it up to the torrent sites.
it depends on what’s popular with who’s tech savvy
Harry Potter and Twilight and textbooks and manga and graphic novels and comics
Most readers other than the Kindle are now beginning to support it as their main format
Mon Oct 12, 2009 3:27 pm Post
On the other hand, Kindle has the massive marketing bulk of Amazon behind it and from the review I've seen is a more consumer friendly design, as opposed to being technically better (just like iPods vs anything else, like .doc as opposed to Open Doc format, like VHS as opposed to Betamax).
Mon Oct 12, 2009 5:29 pm Post
Tue Oct 13, 2009 6:22 am Post
Tue Oct 13, 2009 6:27 am Post
spinningdoc wrote:Anyone can scan and OCR a book and upload it up to the torrent sites.
Yes, if they've got a scanner, are prepared to sit over it for a few hours scanning and OCRing page by page. Most people don't have scanners, or if they do, they're very slow, and last time I used OCR it was pretty flakey. Uploading books is a whole other level of hassle.
Tue Oct 13, 2009 8:38 am Post
This is how it is done.....
Tue Oct 13, 2009 9:10 am Post
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