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Rupert Murdoch's News Corp has bought the software platform designed for the Skiff e-reader, but dropped the hardware which will likely never see the light of day. The Skiff was probably the biggest e-reader ever demonstrated, with a screen knocking 30cm diagonally and aimed squarely at laying out newspapers. The company, which …

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You sure Murdoch's not just buying out the competition?

Buy the software and you've nobbled the reader. Why bother to buy the hardware?

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WTF?

30cm diagonally...?

So not exactly pocket-sized (unless you've got pockets the size of Murdoch!)

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re 30cm diagonally...?

No it's not pocket size, but then all the pocket sized ones are just about useless for technical documents.

I was looking forward to being able to get one and use it for storing and reading the mass of technical manuals that I seem to have to carry about.

Now with the demise of this reader and the iRex there are no 'read a full page without a magnifying glass or scrolling' available. The iRex failed because they set a too high price on the 1000 - over 600 euro was stupid 200 would have been a selling point.

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'One can never have too many platforms'

don't let them hear you say that on New Street Station

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