Interesting article with great perspective on the e-reader rush. Are you sinking your money into a platform that will be dead in a few years? If you’re a gear pig, go ahead, says this piece. But the buyer looking for some permanence should probably wait a few years. Between hardware wars and software wars, you’re looking at a lot of confusion in coming years for those who have locked in to one product or another.
But e-reader buyers may be sinking cash into a technology that could become obsolete. While the shiny glass-and-metal reading gadgets offer some whiz-bang features like wirelessly downloading thousands of books, many also restrict the book-reading experience in ways that trusty paperbacks haven’t, such as limiting lending to a friend. E-reader technology is changing fast, and manufacturers are aiming to address the devices’ drawbacks.
“If you have the disposable income and love technology—not books—you should get a dedicated e-reader,” says Bob LiVolsi, the founder of BooksOnBoard, the largest independent e-book store. But other people might be better-off repurposing an old laptop or spending $300 on a cheap laptop known as a netbook to use for reading. “It will give you a lot more functionality, and better leverages the family income,” he says.