A Kindle/iPhone Chimera?
Barnes and Noble's late to e-books. But the company's new gadget—first seen here—should address the weaknesses of all other readers with multiple screens, each playing to tech strengths. A source from within reveals the first photos and details.Follow the link for more photos and descriptions.
The Barnes and Nobles e-reader project, set to be revealed next week, has been under development for years, with several devices of varying size and capability in the pipeline. First rumors said it would have a color e-ink screen. Then people said it didn't. They were both kind of right: The layout will feature a black and white e-ink screen like the Kindle has—and a multitouch display like an iPhone underneath. Pow!What's interesting is that B&N will sell the books it also publishes (yes, remember, they are also a publisher and not just a store) at a deep discount compared to print editions. And the device will have some sort of access to all books scanned by the Google Books project; probably books that are out of print.
If this is correct and implemented well, the incorporation of both types of screens into one device is fantastic. It's one of those ideas that is simultaneously so simple and brilliant it makes you wonder: "why didn't I think of that?"
The color screen at the bottom opens up all kinds of possibilities of additional uses and applications for the reader. If the rumors are true and this device is running Android, it would be an extra stroke of brilliance to open up some type of app store along with a book store. If this device was opened to developers, I'm sure they could think of some incredibly creative ways to take advantage of the dual screen.
Like I've said before, the eBook wars are really starting to heat up. I think we are swiftly approaching a tipping point and that the entire eBook industry will be radically different (in a very good way) within a year from now.
Bring on the competition!