A Brief Overview of Ebooks and their Readers

Over on the BBCi website, you can find a video about the history and future of the Ebook reader, a mooted device that may – or may not – revolutionize literature. An Ebook reader is an electronic device dedicated to the display and storage of books. This technology has been heralded as ‘next generation’, and probably forever will be. As a person who tends to embrace technology, I think the designers of the ebook have missed something fundamental: our current technology for the delivery of literature – the book – is already a piece of technology that fits its design niche with staggering perfection. Still, best of luck to Sony – not. Virus via a book, anyone?

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Ian Hocking

Writer and psychologist.

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