There’s a recent article on e-book readers in the New York Times about how Amazon’s Kindles are just a starting point for what will eventually be much more sophisticated devices. I haven’t seriously considered purchasing one yet. Future refinements will, no doubt, reproduce images better and the price point will eventually go down. The restrictions on sharing are holding me back. It would be nice to share with a friend or family member (it looks like a new devise, the Cool-er, is starting to address this) and even donate an e-book to the local public library (there is an opportunity for libraries to partner with publishers in advance here…)
Does anyone use, or have clients that use, e-book readers in a professional setting? Can they be used as a notebook in place of laptops at conferences? Perhaps someday the images may improve and include full color for reading scholarly STM journal articles? Maybe we can even have the devices show up within the enterprise firewall so licensed content is getting to our clients no matter what they use to read.