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    I am the owner and managing director of Information Automation Limited (IAL), a company that specialises in research, consultancy and training for the information profession. We are particularly interested in all forms of electronic information resources (e-journals, e-books, etc) and I teach a course in electronic publishing at the Department of Information Studies in Aberystwyth. Drilling down still further(!), my interests centre on the quality and evaluation of electronic information, and in the thinking that underpins activities in library and information science.
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    Saturday, January 13, 2007

    Mac-books: eBooks / iPhone

    Ever since I heard/watched Steve Job's presentation on the iPhone and heard him mention audiobooks, I was struck by the possibilities within the landscape-view 3.5 inch screen. It seems that I am not the only one! A posting on O'Reilly Radar points to another posting on BookSquare blog, and Tim O'Reilly, the anonymous BookSquare and I are of one mind - if the iPhone were to add e-book reading to its already wide spectrum of use, it would be not just a winner, but a must-have! While I am a great fan of e-Ink devices such as the iLiad (from iRex Technologies), it has always seemed to me that, for the money, I want convergence... and a device that not only presents a library of e-books as something that is e(asily)-readable, but that gives me, in one device, all the other technology I lug around: phone, diary, address book, web browser, camera, music. (I mean, just how many chargers can one man carry?)
    So, at the moment we have: (in the red corner) the e-ink device with its excellent reading experience, and (in the blue corner) the iPhone which combines all my heavy-weight technology into a phone-sized handful with the possibility of reading e-books on a relatively small (although quite high-quality) screen.
    Difficult decision!

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