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Anecdotal Evidence

Started: 2004-06-02 08:34:38

Submitted: 2004-06-02 08:37:26

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Kiesa e-mailed me yesterday:

I'm writing another email to BPL [Boulder Public Library] about their ebrary [electronic library] system. It just annoys me that I have to be in Windows to use it (also I either have to use IE or Netscape 4.X, they don't support Netscape 6 or Mozilla). Anyway, I was wondering if you have any useful points that I might put into my email. Ideally, what I'd like to find is some research that correlates a user's OS with their willingness to read an electronic book. I don't know if such research exists or, if it does, whether it will help with my arguments but I figure it is worth a shot. It seems to me that someone comfortable with Linux is going to be more comfortable with technology in general and as a result, would be more inclined to read an electronic book. Any suggestions?

I'm curious how many of my loyal readers agree with her assertion.

The question is, do people really need Linux-based iToasters that plug into
the phone?
- Sam Ockman, Penguin Computing's CEO