This post has been updated with corrections and clarifications.
The Net has been abuzz over one of the first of a coming flood of new eInk eBook devices.
This one is called the Cool-er.
Oh wait. Wrong picture. This is it:
Photos over at Engadget show a shitty hardware UI: page button on the right side, other controls on the spine. So far, only Sony and the designers behind the jetBook have reader-friendly hardware UIs that take into account the book part of hardware design.
Dismissing the hardware --
UPDATE: eBook format confusion just bit me! OK, at this bookstore, Adobe Digital Editions is a PDF file, not ePub. This also explains how this device contains both Adobe and FBReader. The Adobe is used for PDF. FBReader is used for ePub. This means ePub rendering could be problematic!
I browsed through it and while some of the prices are shocking -- due to the continued eejitcy of the dying dinosaurs of print establishment currently hastening their own deserved extinction -- there are books here and there that could steal customers away from, giving one example, the Sony eBook Store.
Look at this.
Cooler has four books from Christopher Fowler:
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$5.59 is a great price! Here's Sony's price:
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$6.64 -- discounted from $6.99.
And get this: the Cooler eBook editions
There are still some rough spots at the store:
But anyone who buys eBooks should bookmark the site and check it out for bargains. It'd also be helpful if the store had a Twitter account and tweeted what's added -- this is something Sony doesn't do with its own store. Update: Any such tweets should also make it very clear what eBook formats are available.