Opinion: Steve Jobs Announces the iBook eBook Reader

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  1. macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. macrumors 603


    Sep 6, 2002
    Houston, TX
    I don't think it gets much dumber than that...

    I don't think Steve Jobs ever ridiculed the phone market. Or if he did, he was wrong. But he's right about books. People don't read, by and large, sad as that is.
  3. macrumors regular


    Jan 9, 2008
    I think such a thing should exist (Kindle) however Apple manufacturing ones would be a big mistake. There's no money there. People don't really read books much any more, and those who do are probably more likely to just buy/borrow and read real books.

    It would have to be a really good product to get much of the market. People can go and read good books for free or very little by going to the library (Be it school/uni or a public library). To mach that peope would have to be able to read full length new released (and classics, etc) books for free. And that's not gonna happen. They would have to employ people to make an iRead Book Library and convert books into the right format and index them. And what about books that aren't digital? They would need to be typed. That's a lot opf jobs for just about no gain.

    Sorry, but my money's on that Apple will not release a Kindle killer.
  4. macrumors 65816


    Jun 11, 2007
    Virginia Beach
    Shut the hell up with this "people don't read books" crap. This Jobs penis riding is getting on my last nerve. People do read books. All the freaking time.
    You all sound stupid repeating that.
  5. macrumors G3


    Mar 20, 2007
    I thought it was well known that the number of people was declining..? I don't read, none of my mates do, their parents don't really read.

    Books were good before the invention of the television. I'd rather sit on my arse and watch something than all the effort of reading.
  6. macrumors 68000


    Jan 28, 2006
    In persona non grata
    I love to read. I used to read all the time, 2 to 3 books a week.

    Sadly, I simply don't have time anymore.

    Reading is time consuming. You need time to yourself. Since I've gotten married and had kids, I don't have that time to myself much anymore.

    Plus, my wife doesn't read for enjoyment, so, if she sees me reading she assumes I'm bored and sits down to talk to me. Do you know how hard it is to enjoy a book with someone nattering away in your ear?
  7. macrumors 68020


    May 7, 2003
    Saint Augustine, FL
    I doubt they'll waste time on a single-tasker like a book reader, when the same hardware could run OSX, have a touchscreen and become a tablet. And, if it's a tablet, then it can do stuff beyond read PDFs, such as perhaps run a weather widget.
  8. macrumors 65816


    Oct 4, 2007
    Statistics can be manipulated to say anything you want.

    "Forty percent of the people in the U.S. read one book or less last year."

    This means that 60% of the people in the US read at least 2 books a year. Sounds like a good market to me.
  9. macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    its sad that there is less and less reading happening.

    or is it that reading is just no longer confined to papers/books?
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 14, 2007
    I guess if anyone askes Steve about any product and Steve honestly thinks its a bad idea, that it automatically becomes something Apple is working on in the background? I mean, seriously... :confused:
  11. macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    but what if the device, is more than just a reader? what if its small, opens enough so thats its easy to read, and can browse the web anywhere (thinking wimax and other protocals other than wifi)?

    how much time do we just spend reading online. news? forums? etc.
  12. Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    I read books every day pretty much, and so does my family, and so do my friends and co-workers. There's plenty of people reading and if Apple could make a device that makes it easier to travel with them more people might bring along reading material as they go places. Books are bulky and not very easy to take with you, but electronics, we do that all the time.

    I very much believe Apple will create a way to download and read books, but do doubt it'll be a device that only does that. It will be integrated with something to make it more usable and applicable for people.
  13. macrumors 65816


    Aug 21, 2006
    maybe the number who do is declining (sadly), but there's always plenty of people at the library when i'm there, and there not just checking out cd's.

    but i agree with the statement that reading is much more likely to be done w/ real books.....

    i can see the one exception being students working on projects w/ a large number of bulky reference books. then something like a kindle would be a real life saver. can't imagine there being to much of a market for that, though....
  14. macrumors demi-goddess


    Jan 11, 2008
    If Apple does decide to make a Kindle killer, it will look a lot cooler. If not, we still have the Kindle, paper books, and Sony's version. I read often, and prefer paper books myself. They never need recharging, completely portable, etc. If in the future, reading goes digital across the board, I'll adapt. If not, no big deal.
  15. macrumors demi-god


    Jan 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Will Apple incorporate an eBook reader into an existing or yet to be released device? I think so. Will Apple release a stand alone eBook reading device along the lines of Kindle? I doubt it.

  16. macrumors 68020


    Aug 5, 2004
    Catskill Mountains
    yeh i dunno. his crack about people not reading leaped out at me like that green thing in The Killers video for Read My Mind. I paused the playback and went back a little and played it again, actually. nice script...

    time will tell.
  17. macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C
    I don't think well see an ebook reader from apple, but the ability to read ebooks on ipod touch/iPhone would be welcomed

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