Just recently I forecast the death of text in reading, but until that comes to pass, I’ll vent the current state-of-the art: ebook readers. I’m excluding the iPad for the moment given I haven’t seen one, and it’s not strictly an ebook (and arguably uncomfortable to read for long periods of time).
This is the deal-breaker for me: the screen refresh. Each page-change means watching a page that’s supposed to be a paper analog flash “black” and then “white” again. Every time. Flash. Flash. That process takes anywhere from 1 second to about 4 on the readers I’ve seen.
Future versions of eInk will support colour. I can probably wait.
Not all books are available as ebooks. So, take both? Seems heavy.
The “uncanny valley” describes the revulsion effect when robots get very close to being alike to humans. Actually something that is intentionally less accurate is more likely to be perceived as human-like. Hence Avatar’s colors.
This same “uncanny valley” applies to ebook readers. They are getting close to paper, and therefore the differences (like the screen flash) stand out even more, as we jolt back to the reality that we’re not holding paper.
Ebook readers don’t like it when you drop them in the bath.
See Problem #1. If it weren’t for that, I’d have bought an eReader a long time ago. I’ll probably buy an iPad, but not for book reading…