So what are the chances of the iLiad offering Mobipocket–the best of the proprietary e-book readers now out there? The word from Mobipocket is that this is under discussion. I hope so. The iLiad is to appear this month, as Roland Rohde has pointed out in a Mobipocket forum thread mentioned here by Branko Collin. So let’s hurry up, guys.
An ability to read Mobipocket books, available at outlets such as eBooks.com Fictionwise and Diesel eBooks, would give the iLiad a nice leg-up on the Sony Reader. The Sony can read DRMed books only in Sony’s proprietary BBeB format. Mobipocket and iRex Technologies should make up their minds immediately and shout out to the world that the iRex will be more versatile in this respect than the Sony. Yes, the real solution is OpenReader, but I’m all in favor of watching out for the here and now.
Reminder: The iLiad screen will not display color, so don’t go by the screenshot. Future E Ink machines will do color. I can hardly wait.