It’s 2018: Why Are So Many eReader Designs So Boring?

From The Digital Reader:

Does anyone else think that ereader designs have gotten, well, rather boring?

I was looking at the new Jezetek ereaders this morning when I couldn’t help noticing how similar they looked to all other Kindle competitors out there. They were basic black rectangles with a screen and a few buttons, just like Onyx and Kobo’s devices.

When the eReader scene was new, every device looked distinct, and many were styled to look good. Now, except for the Kindle Oasis, they don’t.

Link to the rest at The Digital Reader

9 thoughts on “It’s 2018: Why Are So Many eReader Designs So Boring?”

  1. Because most readers spend their time looking at the screen instead of the casing?

  2. As long as it’s light, functions beautifully,isn’t pricey, and feels good in my hand, I don’t care if the design is creative or exciting.

  3. With a few exceptions, physical books are pretty boring once you remove the dust jacket.

    I’m more interested in the content, not the package.

    As long as the ereader is functional and the layout is easy to use, I don’t care about its looks. I’m going to cover it with an Otter case anyway.

    • That’s what I was going to say. Except for the cover, a book is just a stack of paper sewed or glued together. And it works just fine.

  4. I think the Oasis is a terrible design. Bought one; returned it an hour later. Love the Voyage and hope Amazon doesn’t mess with the design.

  5. With apologies to Nate, articles like these – “such-and-such is boring” are usually written by people who review or otherwise write about such-and-such in some professional capacity. What they’re really saying is “I don’t have anything to write about.”

    • Bingo! Like the regular return of “ebooks are so boring, they need video and animation” and (lately) “how blockchain can help you publish your books.”

  6. One button is enough. At least, that’s all my ancient no-name reader has. Tap it briefly to put it to sleep or wake it up, hold it down a bit longer to power it off or on.

    The more bobs and widgets a tablet-oid device gets, the more they become a hassle when not using it in its default orientation, or left-handed.

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