Re: What doc formats do readers actually use? Was, "what doc formats do READERs want ?"

Subject: Re: What doc formats do readers actually use? Was, "what doc formats do READERs want ?"
From: reshma pendse <reshma_pendse -at- yahoo -dot- co -dot- in>
To: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>, Fred Ridder <docudoc -at- hotmail -dot- com>, "lporrello -at- illumina -dot- com" <lporrello -at- illumina -dot- com>, "tonyc -at- tonychung -dot- ca" <tonyc -at- tonychung -dot- ca>, "mgiffin -at- earthlink -dot- net" <mgiffin -at- earthlink -dot- net>
Date: Sat, 17 Dec 2011 20:31:46 +0530 (IST)

Reading this very interesting thread on my PC, and wishing I were reading it on one of the aforementioned readers instead!


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From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: Fred Ridder <docudoc -at- hotmail -dot- com>; "lporrello -at- illumina -dot- com" <lporrello -at- illumina -dot- com>; "tonyc -at- tonychung -dot- ca" <tonyc -at- tonychung -dot- ca>; "mgiffin -at- earthlink -dot- net" <mgiffin -at- earthlink -dot- net>
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Sent: Saturday, 17 December 2011 1:33 AM
Subject: RE: What doc formats do readers actually use? Was, "what doc formats do READERs want ?"

Fred Ridder replied to Leonard:

> > I am having a hard time understanding why an iPad or e-Reader would
> be better than a second monitor.
>
> That's easy. The second monitor can only be used when you are seated at
> your desk. You can't read it if you stand up, or if you lean back and
> put your feet up, or if you sit in your visitor chair for a change of
> scene, or if you go to into the lab or to the break room for a while.
> You are stuck sitting at your desk to be able to read.

The wife and I are getting each other Kobo readers for Christmas.
I'm getting the e-Ink one, but she insisted on the color (therefore
backlit) one. I forsee her wanting to swap for her late-night
reading, given that she spends even more time than I do in front
of a computer display.

I will probably use mine for exactly what Fred suggested, in
addition to all the usual recreational-reading uses to which
one would normally put such a device.

However, this raises a marketing/product-niche opportunity.
Aside from industry newsletters and technical journals, the
most likely content that I might care to read from the comfort
of any-other-room-but-my-cubicle would be project specs and
engineering docs. If the company security people think about
that for a moment, they'll probably realize that my taking
my reader home with such content is no more a threat to
intellectual-property security than when paper printouts of
same go home in people's briefcases and back-packs.

But still, if the document in electronic form could be
encrypted, I'm sure everybody would feel better about
the situation.

There's probably an app for encrypting/decrypting files
on iPads, Samsung tablets, and other general purpose
tablet and slate computers, as well as (shudder!) on
Smartphones.  But since dedicated eReaders are pointedly
NOT that general-purpose, they don't have the capability
and don't have a way to bring it onboard after purchase.

The first eReader vendor to include user-operable
encryption of documents will have some bragging rights
that would stand them in good stead in corporate markets. 
Hmm.

Hmm. Outside high-tech, I can see that feature being
useful for, say, studios and producers wanting to keep
a tight leash on scripts and screenplays.

Thoughts?

-k

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References:
What doc formats do readers actualy use? Was, "what doc formats do READERs want ?": From: Porrello, Leonard
Re: What doc formats do readers actualy use? Was, "what doc formats do READERs want ?": From: Deborah Hemstreet
Re: What doc formats do readers actualy use? Was, "what doc formats do READERs want ?": From: Mark Giffin
Re: What doc formats do readers actualy use? Was, "what doc formats do READERs want ?": From: Tony Chung
RE: What doc formats do readers actualy use? Was, "what doc formats do READERs want ?": From: Porrello, Leonard
RE: What doc formats do readers actualy use? Was, "what doc formats do READERs want ?": From: Fred Ridder
RE: What doc formats do readers actually use? Was, "what doc formats do READERs want ?": From: McLauchlan, Kevin

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