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Imagine it: the PERFECT e-reader...



Imagine it... the PERFECT E-reader... Goodness knows I love my Kindle, but it doesn't come flaw-free. As a reader, there's a lot more I think it should do - and so far in my quest, I'm yet to find the E-reader that will lend itself to any of the following...

(Ye take notes, thou production companies looking to bat the Kindles, Kobos and Nooks of the reading world out of the playing field.)

Situation 1:

Reading in bed. 

You know the thing... lying on your side in bed, are you asking your lower, dead arm to hold the reader aloft, or are your practicing duvet athletics, dangling the reader infront of your face with the higher arm?! And, are you ever actually comfortable?!

The Perfect E-Reader would come with a little remote control, so that I can turn the page without removing my arms from the snuggliness and warmth of my duvet. It would also come with a little stand attachment to hold it at any angle, hands-free, to make this ultimately brilliant.

Situation 2:

*sob*
OMG-WTF-ARE-YOU-KIDDING-ME-ARGHH! aka. Book frustration.

I've been known to hurl one or two (ok, ten, eleven...!) books across the room due to frustration, repulsion, horror, shock, why-did-it-just-end-like-that, where-are-the-bloody-answers reactions.
However, little Bindle the Kindle wouldn't take well to the cold, hard slab of wall it would meet, not to mention the solid, scratchy floor that would follow.

Perfect E-Reader would almost invite me to hurl it with built-in airbag cushioning for air-bourne venting. Perhaps it would detect increasing velocity and launch from it's innards an inflatable Zorb, adding to the hurl-satisfaction by allowing you to watch the book BOUNCE. Therefore, enhancing your reading experience ever further.

Situation 3:

Search.

"Ohh a recurring theme! But, hmm, I can't remember all the details of the first and second appearances. Let me just go and check...!"
14 hours later...
KINDLE HAS FOUND 0 REFERENCES TO YOUR SEARCH TERMS.

hjglehglehg!

Perfect E-Reader will already know the recurring themes/symbols/linking passages of your book and be on hand with helpful cross-referencing menus.

Situation 4:

Saving USEFUL quotes.

The ability to highlight and save to my Kindle is nice, but it isn't exactly useful. Granted I'm working from a Kindle Keyboard and tablets have now intervened in the reading pool, so I'm guessing you can probably Tweet/Facebook/Like your favourite passages now... But can you save to Goodreads? Can you export it to an image app and Instagram it on a seascape (filter: Toaster)?
Granted, this can be very annoying when your feeds are full of it, but as a designer I love having quotes to add to my work. Perfect E-Reader would export a .txt file of my selected passage and sync it to my Dropbox for future endeavors - complete with metatags for copyright attributions!

Situation 5:

Can I get a reeewind?!

I would really just love the ability to rewind, at high speed, through the pages of a book and back again. Honestly, I'm just damned forgetful and if I need to hot-foot it back a couple of chapters for a situation/character refresh, I'd like to be able to do it quickly.

Prefect E-Reader would have a hold-down-for-faster-page-turns button.




Worth mentioning:

Although I wouldn't count them as "main requirements" for Perfect E-Reader, I think the following could be added bonuses:

Scented Next button - Gives you a waft of "page" with every page turn.
Textured screen - choose from magazine gloss to papyrus. Whatever floats your boat.
Front Cover standby screen - Displays the front cover of the currently open book when on standby.


So, these are my ideas for Perfect E-Reader. I hope I might inspire a company to consider a few of them - or perhaps just the impact-readiness haha! 

What would your perfect device have as an extra function?!

12 comments

  1. I've just started using a kobo touchscreen (I SPURN YOU, EVIL TAX DODGING AMAZON DEVICE!) and it is OK compared to the kindle. I miss the jump to next chapter button but that is all really.
    The remote sounds a good idea on cold nights, my creaking bones won't let me lie on my side to read anymore but I could have the duvet pulled up to my chin :-).
    The best suggestion is the rewind button, I am also forgetful and I'm forever flicking back to bits of the story. it's the one thing I miss from paper books and a fast rewind would be similar.
    Naturally the millions of readers of this blog are bound to include some ebook developers, so I hope they take note!

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    1. fingers crossed eh ;) haha - glad I'm not the only forgetful reader. Especially when narratives spiral and overlap!

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  2. Can we have colour changing backs on e-readers? Maybe even dot matrix signage like you get on motorways to indicate when we're reading something just to pass some time but it's ok to interrupt, but you can change it to "WARNING, TALK TO ME AND RISK DECAPITATION" or something similar for when you get to particular cliffhangers?

    On a more sensible note, it would be handy to be able to password protect individual books on your e-reader, to prevent passing children from picking it up to read last night's bedtime story about fairies and end up with much more traumatic prose from your adult's bedtime end of the world dystopian novel!

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    1. Oh, the password protect is a great idea! Especially when you share a device.

      As for the DISTURB AT YOUR OWN RISK sign... I think I need this haha!

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  3. The Kobo Glo actually has this: Front Cover standby screen. I love that feature. And it's able to send quotations to Facebook, although I would love it when they make it available to connect to Goodreads! You've mentioned some great things I'd love to have, especially the more comfort part in bed. But you have to admit that it's already easier than holding a book! :)

    Mel@thedailyprophecy.

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    1. I miss front covers, I'm glad one of the brands has this feature at least :D

      Yeah, I think e-readers are far easier to handle than books - I couldn't live without mine for travel now, too! However, when you have to freedom to list ANYTHING, comfort for bedtime reading is one thing I would pick! hehe

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  4. I think you need to be on some sort of Amazon focus group panel :-)

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    1. Hehe! - Hey reader-makers, I'm available evenings and weekends ;)

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  5. fingers crossed eh ;) haha - glad I'm not the only forgetful reader. Especially when narratives spiral and overlap!

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  6. Oh, the password protect is a great idea! Especially when you share a device.

    As for the DISTURB AT YOUR OWN RISK sign... I think I need this haha!

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  7. I miss front covers, I'm glad one of the brands has this feature at least :D

    Yeah,
    I think e-readers are far easier to handle than books - I couldn't live
    without mine for travel now, too! However, when you have to freedom to
    list ANYTHING, comfort for bedtime reading is one thing I would pick!
    hehe

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  8. Hehe! - Hey reader-makers, I'm available evenings and weekends ;)

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