Google to enter eReaders market

Last week an important news broke out. Google finally enters the eReaders market with its own reader. From the article below it’s clear that they didn’t bother to come up with some new fancy design, they’re basically copying Kindle with the qwerty keyboard, something I deeply dislike.

I must admit I haven’t tested a Kindle to see how quickly you can enter text trough the keyboard, but I’m deeply fond of the touch screen of my Sony Reader. Simply because it allows you to write text with a pencil, just like normal paper would. So I don’t get the obsession with qwerty keyboard in eReaders. It simply makes no sense to have them on something you’re supposed to read. Not to mention that it takes up space and it makes pages flipping somewhat less intuitive.

Anyway, I think it’s great that Google got on the market, simply because they will spur competition and maybe ultimately lower the prices. But I’m kind of disappointed that they preferred to go with the Kindle design than to offer something new. I expected more from them. After all, they have almost unlimited resources which if applied to something so relatively simple as eReader could have led to a really cool gadget. They chose the cheap way. Oh, well. Next time 🙂

First Google eBooks Device To Go on Sale at Target This Week

By Todd Wasserman | Mashable – Mon, Jul 11, 2011

The iriver Story HD will retail for $139.99 at the chain July 17, according to a blog post from Google. The device sports a qwerty keyboard and a black-and-grey screen similar to the Kindle. It also can access more than 3 million free Google eBooks and hundreds of thousands of paid ebooks in the system. The device is the first to be able to access titles via a Wi-Fi connection.


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