Monday, December 31, 2012
Gemstar eReader - still working
You find the oddest things when getting ready to leave one home for another.
Today we found our Gemstar eReaders. Your what?
Gemstar. eReaders from about a dozen years ago. Color. With their own store. And network connectivity - both wired Ethernet and telephone line.
I have a hundred books on mine. I read Turtledove's "Worldwar" series on it. If I remember rightly you could buy magazines as well as books for it. They were delivered directly to the device across the network.
It could run for 8 hours on a charge, more if you dimmed the screen backlight. And, surprise surprise, the battery still takes a charge. After lying discharged for years.
They don't make 'em like they used to.
It's still quite advanced when compared to today's offerings. All the concepts were there on release. Your books were even backed up "in the cloud" - though it wasn't called that then.
The books remained available for 3 years after the devices were discontinued. A good customer service move.
And they remain on my device. Which still works.
There's hope for this industry yet.