(part of my ongoing Unexpected Literary References series)
The episode of Futurama titled Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences featured a suspiciously eReader-esque device (pictured in the above screenshot, though the episode contained better images of the device), which got me thinking, yet again, about my inevitable adoption of an eReader.
I’ve held off so far for two main reasons:
- I simply like having books. Yes, possibly just to show off for my two friends who would be impressed by a bookshelf, but also because I feel that the nurtured associations of a book–the smell, the feel of the pages, the statement of class–are part of the reading experience and actually add to the overall gratification of a finished book.
- No single eReader delivers what I want.
And what do I want?
- Low price point. Overall, eReaders have recently dropped in price, which is encouraging. But still I feel that $149 is too much.
- E-ink screen. Fuck the LCD. This means no Literati reader. Sad, too, because I was really looking forward to that one.
- Ownership of files. Some people don’t realize that when you purchase a book for your Kindle, you don’t actually own the file. Amazon does. I want a copy on my local computer.
- Choice of storefront. Again, a fault of the Kindle. This device can only read .pdfs and Amazon files. I’m uncomfortable with being forced to suckle a single teet.
- Ability to read a variety of file formats. The Sony eReader and the Cool-er Reader can read many different formats including .pdf and the (slowly becoming) industry standard ePub format. But store options for purchasing the books are still limited.
I am getting closer. But come on industry! Give me what I want.
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