Shiny: Apple’s tablet, e-reading and me


Unless you’ve been trapped under a very large P.C. for the last year, you’ve likely heard the about Apple’s rumored new tablet device (now being heralded as the “iSlate”). The device is thought to be an 8 (or 10, or 11) inch flat iPod-like gadget that will be a mix between a Mac laptop and a Kindle. Most rumors suggest that it will have a touch interface and video capabilities, and, thanks to today’s Wall Street Journal, it has a likely release date: March. (According to the article, Apple will show it to the public later this month.)

I haven’t been trapped under a P.C. or a rock (or anything else heavy), and I’ve been waiting for this kind of confirmation, from a reputable outlet, about the Apple tablet — iSlate, I guess — for awhile.  (Did you know that Apple bought the domain name back in 2007?) And while I’m hoping they’re aiming high on that price point ($1,000 was mentioned), I admit I’m desirous, indeed. And one of the many reasons is for e-reading. I just can’t make the leap to buy an entire device as an e-reader; even though the Nook is tempting as all get out, it’s not practical for my budget anymore to buy an electronic device that only does one thing. But the “iSlate” would do more, obviously.

And — look, I could talk at some length about what I would use an Apple tablet for — movies, presentations in meetings, travel, e-reading. All valid stuff. But we all know when it comes down to it, it’s mostly going to be SHINY I WANTS IT NOWZZ.

Staying tuned, I guess, until the 26th.

Sony Plans to Adopt Common Format for E-Books

Following up on earlier posts about ebooks and ereaders… this is interesting:

Published: August 13, 2009
To counter, Sony and other device makers as well as several publishers will use the same technology, called ePub, for digital book sales.
The article talks not just about Sony’s decision to embrace a common format (as opposed to Amazon’s Kindle & their whole mess of you-don’t-really-own-this-we-can-zap-it-off-your-reader-anytime-ness), it also brings the looming spectre of Apple into play:

Allen Weiner, an analyst at the technology research firm Gartner, says there is one more company that must declare its allegiance to either an open or closed world for e-books: Apple.

If, as expected, Apple soon introduces a tablet computer that can function as a reading device, and if it embraces an open standard like ePub, Amazon will have to reconsider its closed approach, Mr. Weiner said.

“If you see some Adobe executive up on stage with Steve Jobs when they announce the tablet, at that point Amazon has a lot to worry about,” he said.