Bova says: “Sony has just announced a new ‘Sony Reader’ that they’ve developed in league with E Ink, a technology firm in Cambridge, Mass. It is the size and heft of a paperback book, and its screen is bright, clear, and high-definition.” Bova goes on:
It sounds exactly like my Cyberbook. And a good thing, too.
One of the reasons I’m in favor of true electronic book publishing is that electronic books should become very inexpensive. For years, I’ve watched the price of books rise almost out of sight, as costs of paper and ink escalate steadily.
Electrons are cheaper. At least seventy-five percent of a publisher’s costs arise from schlepping tons of paper from paper mills to printing presses to distributors’ warehouses to bookstores. Moving electrons instead of paper should bring down the price of books to the point where anyone can afford them.
I look forward to that day.
I’m always happy when a well-known author praises e-books, and now I hope that Bova will go on to consider such issues as the DRM mess and the Tower of eBabel. Maybe he can even write a sequel where all the world’s knowledge is lost due to complications archivist-hostile DRM and ephemeral, proprietary formats.
Related: Amos Bokros’ TeleBlog review of Cyberbooks.