I've been reading my e-book today and I have to say that it is not such a bad experience after all. I'd prefer to have a larger screen so I can get more text on it, but this is just a psychological problem of mine – I can't help comparing these e-books with the old paper variety. I find I want new technology to resemble something I'm used to, but only when the technology is attempting to replace some commonly used everyday item, such as a book. The diary program on my pocket pc (A very nice program called Agenda Fusion) both mimics traditional diaries and improves on them, which is just what technology should do, I reckon. Of course, I am rather old, so I do have experience with old technology which interferes with my usage of new tech items. I don't suppose my son will think too much about these things, though.
Stop reading, start speaking
Stop translating in your head and start speaking Italian for real with the only audio course that prompt you to speak.
As for gadgets to read e-books on, I'd like to see a fold out device, which would be about half the size of a standard paperback book when closed. Such a gizmo would display one complete page of text and would have a slot for a memory card. If it could also do all the things my pocket pc does, then I would be very happy. I'm not too sure I'd want it to be a phone too, because I would worry about losing one gadget which has everything on it. I can just about handle the idea of losing either my pocket pc, or one of my mobiles, but the idea of mislaying one single multi-function object sort of scares me – and these things are not exactly cheap either.
In summary, let me just say that for me, so far so good and I may well be investing in a few more e-books as time goes by.