The missing piece of the puzzle.

Last time out, I hinted in the comments that there was one more thing that needed to happen in order to defend indy epublishing against a theoretical future where Amazon and Barnes and Noble decide it’s time to get out of the industry.

Here it is:

sansa

This, my friends, is the Sansa e260, 4 gig model. It is an MP3 player that, while it is showing its age in the form of diminished battery life, has served me well over the years. While this particular model is a thing of the past, SanDisk has kept the brand alive.

I bring this up because it doesn’t matter where my music comes from. Ripped CDs, Jamendo, it can even take songs from eMusic or iTunes, were I so inclined (which I’m not). There isn’t even a “right” kind of music management software; all I do is plug it in to the computer and it’s recognized as another external drive.

You do see where I’m going with this, I presume.

We need an ereader that can seamlessly handle books from anywhere–buy it from one of the stores, download a freebie from Project Gutenberg, even check something out of your local library, it shows up with the same exact reading interface. In the same library.

Almost as acceptable would be an eink reader with Nook and Kindle and Kobo apps preinstalled.