The Plastic Logic Reader is one of the gadgets that I’m really looking forward to getting hold of just as soon as it becomes available here in the UK. If you haven’t heard of the Plastic Logic Reader it’s an electronic document reader that looks so good I could almost wax poetic.
Measuring around 8.5 x 11 inches and thinner than a regular pad of notepaper, the Plastic Logic Reader will make it possible to read electronic texts in a variety of different formats, including PDF, DOC, RTF, HTML, ePub, eReader and a whole lot more. Some readers might be wondering why any of that makes the Plastic Logic Reader any better than the Sony eReader or Kindle DX, so the best way to respond to that curiosity is to show you the corporate introduction to the Plastic Logic device:
As far as electronic document readers go, I think you’ll agree that the Plastic Logic Reader looks amazing. It is being piloted in 2009 and should hopefully be rolled out in 2010. Since the Amazon Kindle hasn’t yet made it to the UK, and the Sony eReader device has issues with reading PDF files, the Plastic Logic Reader is at the top of my shopping list, and I really can’t wait to get hold of one.
It isn’t that I’m particularly interested in reading novels on the go, but that I have literally hundreds of PDF, DOC and text files that I would like to be able to refer to in a way that doesn’t require a computer. I know that this is already possible on many PDA’s, but the ability to read a document at virtually full size (and show it to others in meetings) is a real boon for any writer, and I can see the Plastic Logic Reader becoming very popular with those on the other side of the desk too.
If a reader at a publishing house can take the ‘slush pile’ home with them on a Plastic Logic Reader then the chances are that writers will be invited to submit more work in a Plastic Logic Reader compatible format. Producers and other execs in the television and movie industries would also be able to use the Plastic Logic Reader to store and read scripts and screenplays without having to haul a heavy briefcase around. The ability to proof documents on the Plastic Logic Reader will also make life a lot easier for writers and everyone else concerned.
I’ll nail my colours to the mast and say that I think the Plastic Logic Reader will revolutionise the way we use electronic documents. I also think that this device could well breathe new life into the much-hyped but little-used ebooks market.