Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Is this the next big advance for eBook Readers?

It's not a high tech gadget company, it's not a publisher, and it's not a bookseller like Amazon. In fact it's an initiative designed to bring computers/reading/schooling into the lives of third world countries that looks to be bringing the next step in eBook readers to those that really count--children.

The One Laptop Per Childs XO laptop is about to have an overhaul, and here is what they're planning to do for $75.00:

Yes, you're eyes aren't deceiving you, that is a split screen laptop with a virtual keyboard no bigger than a trade size paperback.

And how does this relate to eBooks? Well, take a look at this next picture and you'll see exactly how it relates:

Turn it on its end, open an eBook, and voila! Two screens that operate like the open face of a book.

And for $75.00, not only will I be buying one for me, but one for my son, and the corresponding amount of units for donation, and most likely a few more units for donation. At $75 (heck even the $188 as it stands for the current model) I'm not risking a lot to give so much.

Makes you wonder, doesn't it, at $300+ for a Kindle, Sony and the Cybook that can't compare utility wise...

Information gleened from :,, and the BBC

1 comment:

Amanda Young said...

I love the idea for this. And it's so cute too.