Recently, I noticed the movement by Apple to break into the Public Sector. Is there a better place to start than education? I think not. iBooks2 will bring digital textbooks into the classroom. The Apple model is in full force, innovate the change and make it sexy. Granted the cost per child may be expensive at the on-set, but in the broad scope of education, the cost would actually lower… specifically for college kids. Couple that with the “Go green” movement that Apple would be promoting the idea is genius.
Sharp has just taken the the cuffs off its bold new e-reader devices, dubbing them both Galapagos in honor of the evolution the company believes they represent. The 5.5-inch Mobile version (pictured above) has a delightfully dense 1024 x 600 LCD screen, while its 10.8-inch Home sibling offers a very decent 1366 x 800. There’s 802.11b/g WiFi on both, while the littler slate is also enriched with a navigational trackball. Sharp’s emphasis here really seems to be on the cloud-based ecosystem it’s creating for these “terminal” devices — 30,000 newspapers, magazines and books have been lined up for its planned December launch and an “automatic scheduled delivery” facility will help you get at them as soon as the latest issue’s ready for consumption. Sadly, we should note that this is specifically tailored to suit the Japanese market, which makes an international release seem somewhat unlikely.