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July 22, 2009
plastic logic not heavy enough to crush old media publications like it would like to

plastic logic not heavy enough to crush old media publications like it would like to

AT&T is soon to announce a new addition to its wireless data devices for next year. It’s not another “iPhone-killer”, or even iPhone, but an electronic book reader, very similar to the Kindle. The new e-reader is being developed by Plastic Logic, and seems like an interesting concept. You’ll be able to use AT&T’s 3G network to buy books on the fly, as well as download open-source and out of copyright (i.e. free) works as well. The device itself seems a lot less convoluted than the Kindle (no keyboard or excessive plastic casings), and is backed by Barnes & Noble’s online store, so will just as deep a catalogue as Amazon. A demo video and more after the jump.

As you can see, it’s very thin and fancy, and seems to have the simplicity required to make this sort of device a hit, or at least a competitor to the ones already out  there. At the end of the day, though, it’s not quite the e-ink device Plastic Logic promised it would have for us soon, a few years ago. Those early design images were so promising, instead in 2009, they’ve given us a slightly nicer Kindle. Obviously, they bit off more than they could chew in the R&D department back in 2005 by saying they’d have a flexible, portable reading device by the end of the decade, but I hope they’re still trying. While traditional print media may be dying, the desire for the connection between reading and holding what you’re reading, isn’t. I still want to read a book, even if it’s printed on some sort of OLED, and hold it close to my face – have you ever tried to read a computer screen in bed? It’s stupid. And a Kindle really isn’t that much better.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 22, 2009 8:55 pm

    Firts time, ^_^…V

  2. July 22, 2009 9:28 pm

    Hey, yes it is. U can read it everywhere and well the books are much heavier. I’m just not happy with deleting the content by Amazon for any reason. That’s crazy!

  3. Mike permalink*
    July 23, 2009 1:54 am

    Turns out Amazon didn’t do much wrong, seeing as that copy of Nineteen Eighty-Four was printed illegally. Also, you definitely can read a book more places, I think, than an e-reader, as it’s not contingent on a bloody wi-fi network, and if you really think books are that much heavier, perhaps you have some severe muscle atrophy that you need to consult your doctor about.

  4. July 23, 2009 11:25 am

    LOL, they are pretty heavy when u carry more than one. I know they were illegal, but why were they sold in the first place? If I go the bookstore and they sell me a book by mistake they can just ask me to give it back, not take it away from me with my notes on the margins.

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