I’ve been thinking about getting one of the two new reading devices that are coming out shortly. Tomorrow, Plastic Logic unveils its QUE ProReader at CES. From what I’ve read over the last year, this device is larger than most ereaders, built for business documents, and is flexible — that is, the device can be bent and maybe even rolled up without the screen being damaged. How cool is that? Also, sometime this month, Apple is supposed to unveil its tablet computer meant for reading books, watching movies, etc. It’s rumored to come out in March. I think these are two exciting reading devices that may (or may not) ameliorate some of the problems with devices like the Sony Reader: small screen size, subpar navigation, lack of flexibility, a touch screen that’s not as cool as the iPhone, and limited annotation abilities.
I’m imagining all those journal articles filling up filing cabinets in my bedroom and in piles on my floor. Yes, I could be reading them on my laptop, but it’s hard to read them on there (for me) because of the way I’m used to reading on my laptop (no more than a few pages at a time) and the way I like reading journal articles (a pen in hand). But then I imagine all that space cleared up as the journal articles sit on an electronic device. I can’t wait to learn more about these two devices.