Why B&W? I think that’s just the state of the art. They are using the same e-ink technology as used in the Sony e-book. I’ve seen the Sony at Border’s, and it really is easier on the eyes than an LCD or plasma screen. E-ink took several years to perfect–I’m sure color will be coming along in a few more years. And the price will inevitably drop into the affordable range for the rest of us.
Nice new look for the blog!
I think you’re right about it being state of the art. I’m really excited about the E-Ink technology (speaking as someone on a very elaborate eye drop regime right now), especially as the overall population ages (and we keep tormenting our eyeballs with backlights).
My initial gut reaction to the price and the B+W was just “yeah, call me in a year or two.” But maybe that’s because I’ve managed to buy more than one gadget right before the cheaper, prettier version came out. There’s so much potential, but all the DRM and associated cost is a little discouraging.
I haven’t gotten to look at the Sony reader yet- maybe I’ll see if I can catch the next library train to Borders!
Glad you like the new look. I wish I could take credit. I just went looking for a more fluid, readable theme on WordPress.net. I’ve been pretty happy with it so far.