Designed by Nedzad Mujcinovic of Monash University, the Livre e-book design is a product that seems to go head-to-head with Amazon’s Kindle mobile book device. While missing the robust online resources and broad library of material, the Livre offers more in the way of style and form where it may lack in function. Featuring a touchscreen on top of an electronic paper (eINK) display, the Livre is designed to mimic a book more than the Kindle. The major selling point of the device is it’s multi-touch interface. Pages are turned by placing one finger on a corner, and sliding it toward the middle (much like turning a page in a book). Using two fingers when sliding across the page will advance 10 pages, three fingers will advance 50. Material can be uploaded either via USB or through a bluetooth enabled device. The device also features a “traditional stitched leather cover brings the feel, tactility and smell of old style books”. Despite being a touch-friendly device (and I am a fan of touching), this is something that I just can’t seem to get excited about. After all, everyone know that reading is for nerds. That’s right, all you nerds out there reading this, I’m calling you nerds. So do yourself a favor and stop reading this, and look at the pretty pictures after the jump… nerd.
edit: <source>, thanks for the reminder, that one guy… and for reminding me that I lack a face.