Well, news last week that Kindle has not only been reduced in price (to approx. AUD313) but will be released internationally – but that New Zealand misses out. Is anyone too upset by that news? I know, I’m currently not a fan of ebooks so that news didn’t upset me in the least, although I know there are a lot of you out there that would love to have one (including Corin). The only benefit I see in ebooks so far is their potential in replacing hefty textbooks for students.
Not to worry, the Eco Reader is available in New Zealand for approx. AUD449 – rather more than Kindle but at least you can use it. Aesthetically at least, it doesn’t look too bad. For a start it’s a reassuring black rather than blindingly white and opens up rather like a book. Massey University is going to trial one and I hope to go along and have a look. I’ll let you know if it sells me on ebooks. In the meantime I’m one of those who can relate to the following: