Most libraries took a "second mouse gets the cheese" approach to e-books, letting those on the cutting edge bleed a little with failures like dedicated reading devices, such as Rocket eBook
and SoftBook, which now gather dust as library oddities in the "history of the e-book" story.
I can download it and read it at my leisure without lumping around a great big book..." While some said that an e-book couldn't replace the aesthetics or convenience of a printed book, one respondent noted: "Curling up in bed with my Rocket eBook
The present study used the Rocket eBook
, produced by NuvoMedia, Inc.
In September 2000 the ebooknet.com website was conducting a competition in which two libraries would each win ten Rocket ebook
Libraries primarily offer two types of service: online libraries, such as NetLibrary, and handheld e-book readers, like Rocket eBook
Readers can find descriptions and sample chapters of all published titles for free, and they have the option of purchasing them in either PDF format, Palm, Rocket eBook
, and soon MS Reader for viewing on a Pocket PC.
The ability of Texterity's TextCafe to support Microsoft Reader, Rocket eBook
, Gemstar softbook, and Adobe eBook output will further enhance the value of its partnership with Digital Goods, Both companies are partners of Reciprocal, which enables reader formats for content offered through Digital Good s.
Handheld e-readers include the Palm, Rocket eBook
, Softbook (recently bought by Gemstar, the product will be broken up into two versions called RCA REB 1100 and RCA REB 1200), Franklin Ebookman, and GoReader.
The TextCafe service also supports the automated creation of Microsoft Reader, Rocket eBook
and Adobe formats.
Technology firms such as Microsoft, Adobe and Glassbook are duking it out to produce the industry standard for clear, readable electronic typeface, and devices from handheld organizers to laptop PCs to the Rocket eBook
are vying to be consumers' reading device of choice.