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Initial post: Apr 6, 2014 9:36:34 PM PDT
Multikulti says:
Sorry if this has been posted earlier. Does anyone know if a double screen Kindle Paperwhite open-book-style would ever be possible or considered, just as if it were an open book showing two pages?
I love KPWs to bits but I do miss having an open book on my hand...
Any intel on this anyone? Or refer me to earlier discussions maybe?
Thank you
Paul

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2014 9:50:11 PM PDT
The Artist says:
On a 6 inch screen? Just how good are your eyes? LOL!

Amazon never announces things in advance, and I, for one, have never heard a rumor about being able to have a two page layout on an e-ink screen.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2014 9:58:55 PM PDT
Multikulti says:
Read again sir: two screens that can fold like a book. Failing that, a double-sized KPW that can contain two single pages.
Would this be too much sci-fi for our decade?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2014 10:13:11 PM PDT
flipoid says:
What is the point? You can only read one screen at a time. I also think the logistics of page turns would be a little complicated.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2014 10:19:58 PM PDT
Multikulti says:
Look, the idea is: you open a book, you see two pages, you like the feel of it, it's a book, it looks like a book, books work that way. That's the point. Does anyone know whether this has ever been considered for an e-book?
It just makes so much sense to me. It would certainly represent the perfect blend between book and e-book...

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2014 10:26:57 PM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
This is, IMO, the sort of thing that seems like a good idea to people who haven't actually used the existing technology very much. After a few weeks with an e-reader, very few people miss anything about paper books, particularly extremely peripheral things like displaying a page you're not reading.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2014 10:33:34 PM PDT
Dittie says:
No, look, the idea is: when *I* open a book, my first inclination is to fold it back so that I don't need two hands every single minute that I'm reading only one page at a time.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2014 10:34:14 PM PDT
Multikulti says:
Thank you for your opinion, now I know what you think, which is actually plain wrong when it comes to my case, but there you go...
Now, anyone out there that can offer a fact or two?

Posted on Apr 6, 2014 10:44:06 PM PDT
Bixillarla says:
I doubt Amazon would do this. A larger Kindle to accomodate the 2 pages would end up costing more and most people do not need it, I do not think there would be a large enough market for it to make it worthwhile. Look at the DX, it was a larger Ereader and did not sell well and got discontinued.

You can see 2 pages on the Kindle Fires, if you need or want to see 2 pages at once then this would be your best option.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2014 11:03:50 PM PDT
S. Prewitt says:
Paul Roigé,

If you do a Google search you'll see that a dual-screen ereader has been done before (at least planned; I'm not sure whether it actually made it to production), but without much commercial success. With the right ebook designs, I think such an e-reader could be great for textbooks. The left screen could contain an overview/summary of the entire textbook, like you hope to get when you intelligently skim a book: an 800-page textbook could be condensed into perhaps 40 pages. Then, selecting an item in this left-screen overview would show details, graphs, pictures, etc. on the right screen.

Alas, I'm not aware of anything like this currently in development. Probably the extra weight and expense of two screens makes it infeasible for now. Maybe someday.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2014 11:05:41 PM PDT
reesah mouse says:
I prefer reading on my Paperwhite, but when I use the Kindle iPad ap and have my iPad in the horizontal position, it shows two pages. This is useful for the types of books I keep on my iPad: cookbooks, books with photographs, etc. When I'm reading regular text, I prefer my Paperwhite, and I don't need (or want) to see two pages at the same time.

I have had every e-ink Kindle except the first Kindle and the Kindle DX, and I definitely prefer the newer slimmer Kindles. I also used to use bulky cases to protect my Kindles, but now I have a lovely slim case that is more like an iPad back cover with a smart cover that folds over (and wakes up the Paperwhite), and that is so much better. It takes up less space, but is also easier to hold while reading. I don't think I'd like it if my Kindle were actually two Kindles that opened like a book, because that would be bulky and rather unweildy to read. I also don't care for reading on my iPad with the larger screen partly for the same reason. The size of the Paperwhite seems just right to me.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2014 11:44:06 PM PDT
Multikulti says:
O wow, first time I've ever heard about the DX. Checked the site and apparently it's still for sale in the US? Of course, one of the beauties about the KPW is its size, don't have any problems about it at all, I love it actually. I can see also that the power consumption of a double screen unit would be prohibitive. My wife has an iPad and Kindle's double page shows up pretty nicely there, but i'm not into Apple at all, I'd rather keep it native Kindle back to back. Thus something like the DX looks interesting to me ... if they sold it around here, that is.
Oh well, anyway, thanks for the replies. Have a nice day everyone
Paul
Auckland NZ

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2014 2:53:43 AM PDT
Paul, they do sell the DXs to Australian customers; are you sure you can't order it from NZ? But bear in mind that the DX is still one screen, and programmed to display one page at a time. It's not like you can turn it on its side and display two pagefuls on the one screen, unless it's a PDF file.

I think what people are saying is that most people's preference of the kindle is for the manageability of it as a key point in favour. That is, that you can hold it one-handed, and you can turn pages one-handed. If that's most people's opinion for themselves, then the likely market for the kind of thing you're describing isn't very high, so Amazon probably wouldn't implement it.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2014 3:14:58 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
the DX is old 2009 technology, though

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2014 3:40:22 AM PDT
It would be twice the weight, twice the bulk, and have to be hinged. I don't see this happening.

On the other hand, if you put any Kindle in a cover, voila, it holds like a book.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2014 11:34:40 AM PDT
Paul - The technology exists, so it is possible. The salient point-from a manufacturer's point of view-is "would it be profitable?" The added weight, heat, cost, inconvenience, etc, say "probably not." So...don't hold your breath while waiting for it. The number of people-such as yourself-who would be willing to put up with the added weight, heat, physical discomfort, and at least double the cost, in order to obtain some odd bit of psychological comfort, are too few, and far between, for a manufacturer to make money by satisfying their odd desire. Imagine spending $20 million dollars gearing up a new design, the assembly line to make it, etc, and only selling $600.00 worth of finished product. It isn't going to happen.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2014 12:21:47 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 7, 2014 12:23:49 PM PDT
The Artist says:
Read again, sir:

Amazon never announces things in advance, and I, for one, have never heard a rumor about being able to have a two page layout on an e-ink screen.

Even if you meant two screens. That's not something that most people would be interested in, and so far Amazon doesn't offer customization of their Kindles.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2014 12:23:13 PM PDT
Just Peachy says:
If you want the feel of a book, put the Kindle in a cover that opens like a book. Or, you know, read a paper book.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2014 2:07:55 PM PDT
LadyH95 says:
If you really want this - buy two Kindle Paperwhites and make your own cover. You could set the pages the way you want them. But then, page turns would require double taps on both screens and hopefully the line / word flow doesn't get messed up between the two.

Posted on Apr 7, 2014 3:38:43 PM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
If Amazon were to actually make such a "sual screen" Paperwhite, a lot of people would be extremely annoyed?

Who? the ones who want Amazon to make a large (10") Paperwhite so they can display more text at once while using larger font sizes, or for displaying full-page PDFs.

If Amazon were to bypass making such a product -- which a fair number of people want, even if it's not enough customers to make it profitable -- in order to make this "double screen" Paperwhite, which nobody wants and which wouldn't help with either of the actual practical needs listed above -- I think the villagers with their torches would be marching on Amazon HQ in no time.

Posted on Apr 7, 2014 6:13:11 PM PDT
KindleWrite says:
Not only would it not be profitable, but I imagine a device with two e-ink screens would be super fragile.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2014 7:28:14 PM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
I use an ereader so that I don't have the paper book experience. To me this would be useless and a waste of money.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2014 7:30:30 PM PDT
Being, y'know, a reader, I've read a lot of paper books. And there isn't one thing about the physical aspect of it that I don't find vastly improved with the Kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2014 8:19:20 PM PDT
There is one thing I miss: being an extremely visual person, I find my books on the shelf, and recall their content, by their outer appearance (binding colour and style, colour and font of title, thickness, etc) rather than by reading the title. I miss that on the kindle.

It would be partially, though not completely, addressed by being able to set the front cover of the book one's reading as the screensaver.

But I cope with it. It's a first world problem :-)
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