Amazon Wants Patent For Inserting Ads Into Books
Absolutely, totally, without question, no f***ing way! I am a huge proponent of the eBook concept and have a number of them in my collection already. However it is because of such moronic thinking that they are all either in an open format or are unmodified PDF's. I will never purchase an eBook that has been modified in such a crass and unspeakable manner. Why don't we just recut all of our classic media - movies, newspapers, books, music, etc. and put in ads for everything from Hooters to Joe's Pizza Shack?
So far my eBook reader of choice has been the Fujitsu p1630 series tablet but I have been eyeing the Kindle for its size, weight and library of books. This right here just changed my mind - the Kindle and its bloody advertising can just keep Bezos warm in his office, I'm sticking with the Fujitsu!
Researchers Demo Flippable-Page E-book Reader
I've been interested in eBooks for quite a while now, but the problems I have with all of them are not the small controls, or the lack of natural page flip options (though the idea here is rather cool).
My biggest problems with all current eBook readers is the very limited (and usually highly proprietary) formats that they support, and when they do support other formats the lack of efficiency in way they deal with it. For example the Sony eBook reader will read PDF's, but the further you go into a PDF the slower the page flips get. The same problem is not evident, of course!, when using the Sony default (and highly DRM'ed) format. Also the eInk technology is still rather slow in the page updates... Have not used a Kindle yet, so cannot comment on how it behaves or the efficiency of their alternate format supports.
So far the best reader I have found are the Fujitsu P1510/1610/1620 series of small form factor tablets. Using a standard OS on it, I can load any eBook reader software I want, and still be able to use it as a travelling computer when I need it. Of course the weight is much heavier then the "real" eBook readers, but at least I'm not restricted to their formats.