Uncrippled E-ink device
Thanks to the lovely Chinese (and despite the shortsighted Americans/Japanese) we'll be able to buy an e-book reader based on the same technology as the Sony Librie (just like reading a dead-tree book, apparently) without all the shitty book-killing DRM. Tianjin Jinke Electronics' Hanlin V2 will read pdf, doc, ascii, ppt, xls, html. It's scheduled to come out in May 2006, runs on Linux, uses MMC or SD cards and will apparently be priced at US$349 (~NZ$500). I'm a cheap bastard, but the prospect of not having to lug around several kgs of books or deal with stupid fucking crippleware is very enticing indeed.