(this is my entry to possibly win Irex Technologies’ soon-to-be-released e-reader)
Irex Technologies, the makers of the OH MY GOD FREAKING AWESOME e-reader has challenged bloggers to tell them what the most important feature is in an e-reader.
And my first thought was DRM. I think open DRM is essential to the future of books and publishing. Because, um, I do NOT want to have Amazon all up in my business. And by all up in my business I mean deleting books off my reader. Seriously, Amazon’s fingers are everywhere, and why must their fingers also be wrapped around my books, ready to take them at a moment’s notice? But is that the most important feature?
And then I thought about the e-reader having a touch screen. People who’ve used touch screens when reading a book, whether on their iPhone or PDA, say it’s the best and you’ll never want to go back to clicking a button to turn the page. A touch screen is just so much closer to the actual act of reading a book, which is what we all love, right?
And then I thought about how an e-reader should allow you to buy books INstantly! Because I am spontaneous and will buy more books if I can buy them whenever I want, and not necessarily when I’ve got my e-reader tied up to my computer.
And then I thought, an e-reader should make me lose weight! Er…nevermind. Wrong product.
But then I realized what the most important feature would be in an e-reader. And it has nothing to do with DRM or touch screens or 3G networks.
An e-reader should give me reading super powers. Reading super powers that rival Swapna Krishna or Jessica. Reading powers that make my TBR pile go DOWN, no matter how many books I add to it. Reading powers that stop time so I never have to put down a book in the middle of a great scene because I have a dinner party to attend.
Because really? Isn’t that what all readers want? To be able to read more? Would you rather have someone do your dishes every day, or have a reading super power? I’d take the reading super power, because the person doing my dishes every day is called MY HUSBAND. I don’t even kid. Sort of. I mean, my husband does the dishes, but he always does them tomorrow. So it is great, but in a procrastinating type of way.
I know, you’re kind of rolling your eyes and going, Oh please. Can you just be serious?! But check this out:
If I had an e-reader from Irex Technologies, I estimate I could read an extra 2 pages per day. Sometimes more, sometimes less. I’m 30 years old, and let’s estimate I live another 50 years. That means I have 18,250 days left. Having an e-reader from Irex Technologies would allow me to read an extra 36,500 pages in my lifetime. Assuming the average book is 350 pages, that’s 104.3 books I wouldn’t have otherwise gotten to read. So if I can’t have the reading super power, I’ll take getting to read an extra 104.3 books.
Can I start my wishlist now?