“I would have made it into more of a a larger appointment book or day planner form factors. It would come in ”
Wrote this a while ago. Was in my drafts list.
Dual-Screen, E-book Reader, Hyperlinking Text with Multimedia
via Spring Design. Now that is a relatively good design. Reminds me of the rumored B&N “Nook” reader.
I would have made it into more of a a larger appointment book or day planner form factors. It would come in three sizes:
- Pocket (89 x 165mm)
- Journal (140 x 216mm)
- Notebook (216 x 280mm)
These sizes and names are based on the Day-Timer product line. Here is their size help page. The ebook would open like a traditional planner and the left side would contain the Electronic Paper Display (EPD) and the right the LCD display. The spine would have the smart buttons like another rumored e-book.
I think I agree with commentators that Apple will probably comes out with a real contender if they produce a tablet system. Though this is not a given since the Android based systems will invariably grow into various form factors. Reminiscent of the ubiquitous PC design despite Mac’s allegedly being better designs. See this post: “Large-Screen Kindle Won’t Mean Squat if Apple Tablet Arrives“.
Update, 1/27/2010: The iPad from Apple is out. It is beautiful! Supports EPub standard and Apple will open an IBookstore. This changes the mobile market. Here is a sample add on youtube.