Really Cool! AND Really Screwed Up!

Ever since the announcement that Sony would have a cool new e-book reader that used e-paper to handle the screen (thus making it both more readble and giving it a long battery life at the same time) I was ready. Sign me up, I want one! The dottocomu: First look at the Sony EBR-1000 Librie eBook reader has temporarily changed my mind.
The fact that you can’t easily dump material from Project Gutenberg, websites, programming documentation, etc. pretty much kills its usability for me today. But! There is a tomorrow for this device because it is running on Linux and Sony has made available their modified sources for the device. Assuming someone is sufficiently motivated, the inability to read much more readily available formats (i.e. TXT, PDF, HTML) may not be a problem for long.

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