LIVRE, a Compromise on the E-book

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While those who are born into a world of e-books won't miss much, there are a few generations of paper-readers who might still need some convincing. The LIVRE, a concept for a more tactile friendly e-book, first looks like a chunky version of Sony's Reader. But the design is actually fairly inspired.

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Our favorite feature is that which we thought the most ludicrous upon first glance—that bulky case. But there's a method to the madness. The case is constructed of flexible silicon, an attempt to re-create the soft feel of a book and offer some tactile enjoyment to the sterile feel of e-books.

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Also of note, the concept calls for multitouch page flicking. Of course, it's a cheap idea to throw into the design since, trust us, if e-paper/e-ink technology had anywhere near the response time to make touch controls feasible, Amazon and Sony would be on the trend in a heartbeat. [LIVRE via engadget]

DISCUSSION

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elvindeath

No Manve, you're not the only one. That's why they aren't taking off. People. Like. Books. It's that simple. E-Books make more sense, they are more useful, and in every way superior ... but people like and connect with printed books. It's that simple.

It reminds me of the scene from Singles (and I can't believe I'm referring to Singles) where the one Gen-X'er has been working day and night forever on this wonderful concept of a commuter train with a coffee bar and recreation and amenities that made it in every way superior to commuting in cars. The Mayor took a 5 minute meeting with the guy to hear about his dream and then simply said "I've said this to you people before, so I'll say it again before I thank you for the drink and leave - people like their cars".