‘Open source’ iLiad soon

Updated on June 1, 2006

As someone who reads mostly on a computer screen, I can’t wait to see gadgets appearing that make the screen-reading experience a lot better than it currently is with PC screens.

I’ve written before about the iLiad, an e-book device that looks to be the most compelling yet in terms of features and ease of use.

The developer, iRex Technologies in The Netherlands, a spin-off from Philips Electronics, will soon be offering the iLiad to business customers, starting in Europe this month, with a consumer version in the works for sale in September.

Nice comparison between the iLiad and other e-book readers (eg, the Sony Reader):

What I find most compelling about the iLiad is how iRex have positioned it as an open source-type product, able to support as many different content formats as possible. As content producers develop content, a device like this should therefore prove quite appealing.

iRex will have to pay attention to getting the price right, though, if their goal is uptake on any large scale – currently priced at more than $800, according to Engadget.

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Neville Hobson

Social Strategist, Communicator, Writer, and Podcaster with a curiosity for tech and how people use it. Believer in an Internet for everyone. Early adopter (and leaver) and experimenter with social media. Occasional test pilot of shiny new objects. Avid tea drinker.

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