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Sony Reader vs. Apple iPhone 28 June, 2007

Filed under: Reading,Sony Reader,Technology — feliza @ 1:31 pm

Fellow blogger Mike Cane wonders, “Will Apple Steal the ebook limelight from Sony…?” I’ve been drooling over the iPhone since I first saw it a few months ago, but never did I think it might be a good candidate for eBook reading.

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Hello, my pretties

Unfortch, I haven’t been able to get my hands on one to play with, so I have no idea how the screen might work for ebook reading, but it may def be another reason to justify the expense of the iPhone if Apple is interested in providing some reading content for the device.

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4 Responses to “Sony Reader vs. Apple iPhone”

  1. genomegk Says:

    Yes, the reader could progressively scroll through the document displaying text with user specified speed and font size. By eliminating the need to position text in window or turn pages, would simplify the reading of all kinds of text not just ebooks. Could also double as teleprompter.

  2. mikecane Says:

    It could do what people griped about the Sony Reader not being able to do: let a reader really *flick* from page to page, by touching the virtual page on-screen and “turning” it with a finger swipe. Sort of the way photos are maneuvered through on the iPhone.

    BTW, since it has a 320×480 screen like a Palm Tungsten T3, TX, and LifeDrive, it could do pretty gorgeous stuff. You just know Jobs would give the font styles a special touch.

    Thanks for the link!

  3. feliza Says:

    True, the touch-screen on iPhone would be a very cool way to get the page turning sensation that the Reader surely lacks. The trade-off is, of course, the screen size compared to a paper book, but then again it wouldn’t really be a dedicated ebook reader anyway, so maybe that’s a moot point.

    Really, reading books would be just another cool feature on the iPhone. Now to get my hands on one…

    Oh, and you’re welcome 🙂

  4. […] You’ll recall that there has been a little bit of talk regarding the possibility of the iPhone as an ebook reading device. […]


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