Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Polymer Vision's Readius

Add another player to the e-book device market. Polymer Vision recently announced their new Readius product, a combination cellphone and e-book reader. Wired's Gadget Lab blog was less than complementary in their initial assessment.

The big question for me has to do with service and title availability/access. Amazon appears to be setting the standard with their approach. Granted, the title list remains small and is only a tiny percentage of Amazon's print inventory, but it's highly likely to grow by leaps and bounds in the coming months. The Readius offers an interesting form factor but it all comes down to breadth and depth of content as far as I'm concerned.

Then again, if Amazon were to ever open their model up to support third-party readers, well, the Readius might be an interesting alternative to the Kindle...