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by Jim Bennett (January 17, 2000)

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eBooks

Barnes & Noble teamed up with Microsoft to launch their e-book revolution. The e-book technology has the potential to change the entire publishing industry in the next 5 to 10 years depending how well it's developed and implemented.

In concert with Bill Gates keynote, which included the funny Austin Powers campy "world takeover video", another push for CE was launched. At CES, he announced the latest generation of Windows CE would be called Pocket PC. The Microsoft Reader was also shown with ClearType technology to improve readability.

In a separate press presentation, we were shown how these technologies should help increase display resolution. This is said to be as much as three times the resolution according to Microsoft literature. While the color images and text were very presentable, I could not conclude if average readers would prefer eBooks over printed material. I'm sure that eBook adoption will be dependent on product, content, price points, distribution strategies and consumer tastes.

Barnes and Noble was very positive on the e-distribution business model because it has the potential of drastically reducing printing, distribution, inventory and other costs. It may also provide special interest titles, along with technical and industrial subjects with this new distribution channel.

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Copyright 2000 Jim Bennett All rights reserved.

   
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Desktop PCs & Servers
  Ergo Thunder Brick 2
Eizo FlexScan Displays
Future Power epower
HP NetServer LXr 8500
Meridian Snap! Server
Digital Cameras
  3Com HomeConnect
Agfa ePhoto 780c
Canon A5 Zoom
Kodak DC265
Minolta 3D 1500
Nikon D1
Olympus C2000
Sharp VN-EX1U MPEG4
Toshiba PDR-M4 & M5
Notebooks & Mobile
  3Com Palm VII
Fosa Mini Notebook
Pionex Elite
Quantex Celeron Laptop
Sharp Actius PC-A250
Sony F250/F290 Notebooks
Talontek MPC-2000
Mobile/Wireless Communications
  3Com 56K GSM Modem
Novatel Merlin Modem
Xircom Ethernet CompactCard
Mobile Software
  Etak Traffic Touch
DataViz Documents To Go
Softbook E-book System
Scanners
  Agfa SnapScan Touch
Visioneer Strobe Pro
Printers
  Brother MP-21 C Portable
Tektronix Phaser 780
Xerox 480cx
Software & Books
  Avid Cinema for Windows
Caere PageKeeper Pro
Corex Area Code Fix
Docent Outliner
Macmillan Office 2K Books
Paragon FoneSync
Symantec pcAnywhere 9.0
Sybari Antigen 5.5
V-Communications AutoSave
Projectors
  InFocus 330
Mitsubishi S120
Internet
  Club Photo
Intelliquis Traffic Builder
NETSilicon NET+Works
Panasite Web Builder
PhotoHighway.com
SuperCalendar.com
Storage
  Calluna 250 Mb PCCard
Castlewood 2.2Gb ORB
Iomega Clik!
Teac CD-W 54E
Batteries & Power
  Duracell Ultra Battery
Electrofuel PowerPad
Eveready Energizer ACCU
Graphics & Video
  Belkin USB Video Bus
Daeyang VR Headset
Kodak/Intel Picture CD
Nogatech USB TV
Number Nine SR9
Peripherals
  Logitech Cordless mouse
Raritan Switchman
Targus USB MiniMouse
 
 
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