Unfortunately the incredibly cool images found on Akihabara News and gizmodo.com provide next to no detailed information beyond the fact that the gadget is very lightweight. Well, whoopety-do!
Some things that might actually be useful to know:
- Does Fujitsu's e-paper work like e-ink ? (i.e. very high-contrast, miserly battery utilization, etc.)
- What file formats will the new device support?
- The photos seem to indicate a fairly high degree of glare coming off the screen. If this is true, does the high glare impede readability?
- When will it come to market?
- Will it be released in North America?
- Will it be affordable?
Hopefully, when the device is finally announced, we won't be looking at yet another online store where you can download overpriced e-books in a proprietary e-book format that can only be used on one hardware platform. Hello, Sony, Rex and Panasonic!
I know I'm repeating myself, but the only software platform worth a darn is the PDB format used by www.ereader.com .
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