Why haven’t portables caught on yet?by Amanda RustJanuary 31, 2008March 3, 2008Library NewsSee this NY Times story about the importance of hardware usability. It’s not enough to digitize books — you need hardware that’s as cheap and long-lasting as the printed page.Tags:e-bookshardwareKindleusability previousCautionary tale from the 1940’snextLaw blogs as scholarship 1 thought on “Why haven’t portables caught on yet?” Jonathan Iannone February 5, 2008 at 4:23 pm “It’s not enough to digitize books — you need hardware that’s as cheap and long-lasting as the printed page.” Here lies the real technical challenge! The only recording methods that last longer then the printed page are cave paintings, hieroglyphs and cuneiform and even these methods can be degraded significantly by the environment. The only advantage electronic media has over the stone age methods are the speed at which the content can be created and broadcast. The longevity of the information is significantly less then 100 years. Comments are closed.