Brian "Krow" Aker (krow) wrote,
Brian "Krow" Aker

Wikipedia, my guide to the universe

Do you know what I find I want?

I want Wikipedia in a travel form. I've been hunting around lately looking for an e-book reader that would let me take along a hyperlinked copy of wikipedia when I travel.

When I was a kid I would sit in the floor of our laundry room, where our encyclopedia set was kept, and pull volume after volume from the shelf jumping from article to article. I would keep pieces of paper in pages so I would have a way to "jump back" to a previous story.

I want the same for wikipedia, but I don't want it to be my laptop. I want the device to be quiet, have enough power for a couple of days, and not generate a ton of heat.

You would think that an e-book reader would be all of this but the currently sold ones can not. You can put wikipedia on one, it is not too difficult, but today a hyperlinked version does not exist.

And the cost of the device? Want an e-book reader in the under $200 range?

Forget it, all of the e-book readers are around $350 or more (for no good reason other then demand from what I can tell).

You would think that a market for this would exist. Simple "wikipedia" books could be handed out in third world countries. Low power usage, simple to use, and all of the information that you could want (eventually that is).

Oh well, I am sure it will happen at some point.

Maybe Wikipedia could sell ads to buy devices like this to spread their content around the world :)
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