Although the piece used a picture of the original Kindle rather than the larger – and heavier – DX, I thought it was probably a balanced and fair assessment.
For those who don’t know, the Kindle offers wireless downloads of e-books and newspapers (although its representation of the latter is pretty basic, apparently). It is a device that is untethered, a crucial factor.
I’ve returned to e-books because our new learning technologist, Terese, has been trying to establish when another e-book model, the Sony PRS-700, will be available on these shores. Despite her valiant efforts, it seems not even Sony UK can tell us (‘phone back in a few weeks…’). The PRS-700 – unlike its predecessor, the PRS-505 – allows on-screen annotation, although it doesn’t appear to have wireless functionality.
And as for the DX? Pick a date, any date … as long as it’s in the next decade.
As several of our projects are interested in e-books – DUCKLING for example will be using the hardware, while OTTER will be producing OERs in e-book format (epub) – it is important to know these dates for planning and budgetary purposes.
It would also be nice to play with some shiny new gadgets, of course. But, for now, we on this side of the Atlantic will have to wait a little – or possibly a lot – longer.