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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, …


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  1. Dan 55 Silver badge
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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?

  2. Graham Marsden

    30cm diagonally...?

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

  3. Anonymous Coward
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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.

  4. Anonymous Coward

    'One can never have too many platforms'

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

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