While Arrington’s original dream had nothing to do with the CrunchPad being mainly an e-reader, many in the blogosphere have suggested that it would be the perfect e-reader for books and newspapers.
TechCrunch has yet to explain or demonstrate what reading application the CrunchPad will host. Smart Q7, a tablet recently released only in Asian markets, uses FBreader, a Linux based ebook reader. This same application also opens PDFs, a need expressed many times over at the comments in TechCrunch posts.
In addition, several have pointed out that the CrunchPad may be a substitute for products such as the Kindle, Plastic Logic, and Sony Reader.
Here are some comments from writers:
“Ladies and gentlemen, this could be the iPod moment for eBooks.” – Fiction Matters
“However, if TechCrunch can work with its partners to keep costs down to its originally predicted $200 price tag, the CrunchPad is likely to fly off the shelves. And so for newspapers. Given the size – a 12inch screen with an 18mm-thick aluminium casing – the CrunchPad is ideal for browsing the Internet and reading a newspaper, as the picture of the device surfing the New York Times demonstrates.” – editorsweblog.org
“These new, lower cost tools present another exciting opportunity for media organizations to connect with readers, especially those who can’t afford top-of-the line gear.” – Poynter Online
“Equipped with a 12″ screen flush with the case and a 18mm-thick aluminium casing – is also ideal for reading newspapers… perhaps the perfect companion for the google concecpt of an ereader. Google provides the books, TechCrunch provide the ideal mobile ‘net’ device.” – Fresh Tech