Good things about ePaper devices (Kindle, Kobo, Nook, etc.) compared with a tablet:
- Smaller and lighter
- Battery lasts longer
- Can read outdoors
- Better quality screen
- Big screen, colour and zoom (i.e., I wouldn't use an ePaper device for PDFs)
- Self lit (good for reading at night without a light)
It's a new age for books. What will happen:
- Individual prices will plummet (they're already zero for books out of copyright)
- You can have any number of books and they take up the same space as one. Actually, the idea of book having/ownership is now completely absurd.
- Nothing will ever go out of print
- Quality will replace availability (many, many times I have wanted a book and bought something that wasn't as good because I couldn't find the one I wanted)
- People will fetishise "physical" books like they do LPs/CDs, DVDs and everything else that becomes immaterial. What they don't understand is that it's not the form that's important, it's particular instances. i.e., The Secret is a shit book no matter how it's read.