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I am angry that I've yet to experience "e-ink." I'm pretty sure I've seen it, but definitely haven't had a chance to read a book in it. Therefore I'm not really fit to make the comparison, but given what I've read from others, it is sufficiently better for reading basic black text that it should be factored in quite strongly. I'm not sure whether the color models will be just as good, but assuming they are, that could be great--but I also fear the price difference will be staggering.
They recently set up Kindle kiosks in Target stores, but they've stupidly locked the Kindles into demo modes, where you can't actually do anything. I believe the Nook at Barnes and Noble has less restrictions. I've never seen a fully working Sony Reader kiosk, either. They really are quite pleasing to read on, but again, at the prices these things are sold at (cheapest I've seen in $99 for a refurb Sony Pocket Reader) and the cost of the books to load on them, you can buy a metric ton of regular books.
I wonder if a local library by you allows you to check out an eReader? I know most now offer eBook loans/rentals.
I've yet to see any type of screen that had the sharpness of a really good printed book or even a magazine. You know what I mean--that sort of "eye popping" color you get from a really good print. It sounds like that book you're reading is one of that type.
It's my understanding that color eInk will have/has the same quality properties, albeit with a matte finish. So, glossy magazine style is probably well out of the question, and then yeah, who knows about the cost (a large format color eInk reader has been sold in Japan I think for around $1000).
Again, I personally am a fan of eInk, but not necessarily the infrastructures. I grew quite frustrated not being able to get the latest books on my particular devices, and found it cheaper and easier just getting the dead tree version. Stupid, really. That's why I'm expecting big things from both Apple and maybe even Google, particularly with the former's announcements today regarding eBook ubiquity across all their devices. When it becomes super convenient (among other things), the fact that the price is close to the dead tree counterpart becomes less of a factor.
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