Might this be the mysterious Apple product transition?
Clues are out there. Apple exploring dual-sided translucent touch-screen panels was the headline over an AppleInsider item from this past March.
Easier to use than Tablet PC, maybe
So what’s the bottom line? Well, could we see tablet-notebook hybrids that were lighter and better suited to e-book reading than Microsoft’s original Tablet PC concept? And maybe more rugged and cheaper to produce in the long run, with a simpler mechanical side? And more convenient to use? No need to swivel the screen around? Plus, you can check your e-mail when the clamshell is shut? A handy little wrinkle to use in lines at the airport, no?
iTunes and the B word
Meanwhile, in keeping with speculation that Apple will take more e-books seriously, Mike Cane notes that the iTunes trademark has been changed to include the word "books." Here’s another sign of the folly of a Kindle-centric approach for readers or publishers. Oh, how we need trustworthy e-book standards to help personal libraries survive the inevitable moves from one hardware platform to another! Lack of DRM would help, too, as shown by Yahoo’s debacle.