I’m (finally) launching an occasional newsletter for readers and writers, and all those that would like to be in-the-know about my books and/or editorial services. It’ll have updates about my latest books, and also tips and tricks for writers that you won’t see on the blog. (I’m also giving the option to sign up as…
First Color eBook Reader is Here!
It’s good to be back at my virtual home. (I am a huge dork.) Thanks for the well-wishes — all is well, and I got a chance to see a side of the family that I haven’t seen in years.
Anyway, let’s get to it:
Gizmodo announced last week that the Fujitsu FLEPia Color eBook reader is now available. The units will ship in April, and cost $1,000 (about 2.5 times the cost of the Kindle 2.) The FLEPia uses the same e-paper technology as the Kindle, and the memory is expandable with an SD card (unlike the Kindle.) It features a touch screen (like PaperLogic’s device) and uses Wifi. You can read more about the FLEPia on Fujitsu‘s site (link takes you to Google English translation.)
Okay, so obviously for $1,000 you could also get:
3 Sangria red PRS-505 Sony eReaders
142 Crispy Chicken Caesar salads at McDonalds
73.7 paperback editions of WAR AND PEACE
12.3 monthly subway passes [until June 1, when you can only get 9.7 monthly passes if the MTA finance committee votes "yes" today (and again on Wednesday.) GRUMBLE GRUMBLE GRUMBLE MTA!]
BUT, even though the FLEPia is priced out of the reach of the average consumer, it would be wise to think now about how color could enhance a traditional ebook. And, taking it even further, how a touch screen could enhance a color ebook reader. Now, before you start thinking “games on my ebook reader!”, e-paper technology refreshes too slow for anything like that to occur in real time (for now…) But, this does mean that perhaps we’ll see beautiful e-picture books? Or maybe, depending on the resolution, beautiful books on the arts that can reproduce an image as well as the print edition?
Take a look at the FLEPia… what do you guys think?