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[29 Oct 2008 | One Comment | ]

Courtesy of Ian P. Christian, a review of BeBook, an E-Ink reader:

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[25 Oct 2008 | 7 Comments | ]

The biggest problem with the implementation of the Paperless Office is that we tried to run before we could walk. That is to say, we tried to go paperless, before we had a compelling alternative to paper.
I think you’ll all agree that lugging around an awkwardly sized, and piping hot, laptop everywhere you go, just isn’t practical. And if it ain’t practical, it ain’t going nowhere.
In fact, it’s quite unreasonable and unrealistic, to ask someone to desist from using paper entirely —  including paper books — given that the experience and convenience of …

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[8 Oct 2008 | One Comment | ]

I wrote yesterday how I think that it is inevitable that electronic readers will ultimately replace paper textbooks in classrooms. Well today there is good news from Italy where a group of more than 60 children – aged between eight and 10 – will take part in an experiment which will see them use only computers for an entire year.
The experiment aims to test how computers can improve the leaning process.
Read the full story here: Italy pupils ditch books for PCs

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[7 Oct 2008 | 2 Comments | ]

The days of paper textbooks in School classrooms are numbered. The prospect of being able to carry around all of your schools books on one electronic device — with the data backed up on the web, of course — will be too great for many to resist. How long will it take? Who knows, but 5-10 years is a reasonable guess.
With the release of the Kindle, Sony Reader, iRex Digital Reader and Plastic Logic Reader, among others, we are seeing the future home of textbooks taking shape. While some of the …

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[7 Oct 2008 | No Comment | ]

Connecticut Law Tribune reports on a recent workshop that looked at ways to develop a new version of law school course books.
Professors and publishing executives met earlier this month in Seattle to discuss how legal casebooks could be made available electronically on a widespread basis, particularly on new instruments such as Amazon’s Kindle and the Sony Reader.
Much of the push for electronic casebooks is coming from law professors who want more control over the materials they use in their classrooms. Ayres already is moving in this direction by going paperless …

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[23 Sep 2008 | 3 Comments | ]

iRex Technologies has released a new version of their electronic reading device — the iRex Digital Reader 1000 series.  The iRex 1000 series features a unique 10.2 inch electronic paper display and increased memory, as well as a durable design, which was demonstrated when the device was dropped from a height of 1 meter, and survived to tell the tale!
Read more coverage of the release:

New iRex 1000 with 10.2-inch screen survives one-meter crash test at news conference
iRex Opens New Chapter In E-Reading

Document Management, Ebooks, Editorials »

[18 Sep 2008 | One Comment | ]

Check out this short demo of the Plastic Logic reader — it looks pretty slick. It’s going to be a very impressive device within a few years time.

I predict that within 5 years the majority of working professionals will be doing all of their reading on electronic devices — fiction books, newspapers, work memos, training manuals — you name it, it will be done on a device like the Kindle or the Plastic Logic reader. The reasons are clear: it’s easier, less wasteful and more efficient.

PDF Creation »

[15 Sep 2008 | No Comment | ]

Sony have released a 43 page guide on how to best create PDF files for the Sony Reader. Topics include:

Creating PDFs from Word Processing Documents
Creating PDFs from Presentations
Creating PDFs from Professional Layout Applications

The Sony Reader guide for creating optimized PDF content can be downloaded from here.

Document Management, Ebooks »

[14 Sep 2008 | No Comment | ]

Now about 10 months from its release in mid-to-late November in 2007 — enough time has passed to see what people really think of Amazon’s Kindle.
For those who haven’t owned one, used one, or otherwise seen one – you can find a floating copy of the original introduction video here on YouTube – The Amazon Kindle.
I’ve read through a slew of reviews ranging from the unimpressed, well-thought out response of “meh”, to the equal expression of literary genius, “it’s amazing” … and consequently compiled a (relatively) even-handed list below of more detailed …

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[10 Sep 2008 | One Comment | ]

Plastic Logic have announced a new electronic-reading device aimed at the business market.
The device mirros a 8.5 x 11-inch sheet of paper in size, is thinner than a pad of paper, has built-in wireless, and unlike the Kindle, will include native support for a number of common file types:
The Plastic Logic reader supports a full range of business document formats, such as Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint, and Adobe PDFs, as well as newspapers, periodicals and books.
Plastic Logic’s research indicates that professionals tend to read more business content than recreational content, …

Ebooks »

[9 Sep 2008 | No Comment | ]

I’ve had a (long) long-time interest in ebooks — back in 2000, I even devised a device called the Paper-Simulator 3000 (almost patent pending) — its main aim was to provide a method by which paper-book-addicts could migrate across to ebook reading. 
Complete with a strap on leather binder, dried-ink odour dispenser, and a motorised random paper-cut module it really was quite an ‘idea-of-the-day’.
But 8 years later, it seems it’s just not required… people are just (generally) happy to read ebooks — and are becoming more so. And not just on …

Adobe, Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Reader, Document Management, Editorials, Tips and Tutorials »

[4 Sep 2008 | No Comment | ]

Ever encounter the problem where you’re reading, writing, and publishing more than one document at the same time?  
Rhetorical question!
You know the scenario — you’ve got multiple windows open — all stacked on top of each other, you’re alt-tabbing applications to the point of arth-thumb-ritis. Even with 2 x 21″ screens and your Intel® Core™2 Extreme processor QX9770, you feel like you’re driving your Ferrari F430 Spider with the hand-break on.
Well, a quick and easy solution to this problem is to pick yourself up a copy of Desktop Rover™ v4.0. You will need multiple …

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[1 Sep 2008 | 4 Comments | ]

Up until recently I had been thinking about buying a Kindle. From the reviews I’ve read, it sounds pretty good, and not having to carry around physical books is a real bonus.
So as preparation for buying a Kindle I thought I’d try reading a few e-books on my Eee PC, to see if I could stand reading books on an electronic device.
It turns out that a) I don’t mind reading books on an electronic device, if the device is right, and b) I don’t need a Kindle any more because …