It seems like eBook readers have been ‘the next big thing’ for quite some time now but doubts still remain as to their current viability. Sony have recently refocussed their attempts to gain a foothold in the UK eBook market (is there one?) by revising their previous premium priced product with a slightly more affordable (though some would argue still expensive) £199 reader than can also read PDF’s and play mp3’s and AAC audio files via a Sony memory stick or standard SD card.
Sweet Enough Yet?
eBook readers are a nice idea waiting for the right technology and price price point for both the hardware and the price of electronic versions of books.For research purposes they hold a high attraction. A complete searchable library easily to hand.
Some would argue that if you pitched the iPhone today then everyone would decry the high price point and expensive running costs as a reason why it wouldn’t fly as a must have product but it still feels like we all expect an eBook reader to be a sub £100 device with electronic book offerings considerably cheaper than the paper offering.
The jury may still be out of whether the manufacture of eBook readers would have a more eco friendly impact on the environment than dead trees which obviously still hold a high appeal for die hard bookworms.
What price would an eBook reader need to be to gain mass acceptance or are we collectively just not interested?