I’ve never been a huge fan of eReaders. If I were still in college and I had one as an alternative to hauling around 75 pounds of books? Yes, please. But I have a laptop and an iPhone, which combined, get me all the news I need in easy-to-read formats.
That said, Hearst’s Skiff Reader is a pretty sleek looking device:
Kudos to Hearst for building something that not only looks good, but also has a couple unique qualities.
Still, I don’t see any eReader saving the newspaper industry, nor do I see the point in designing a device tailor made for an old medium. Check out the top photo—yep, that’s the print edition of the San Francisco Chronicle in its full, black-and-white glory (see more pictures in Mashable’s post). While that’s likely just due to a “we needed a stand-in for the promo art,” the question remains as to whether Hearst is building the device around existing content or if they’re planning on crafting a whole new way of content delivery to fit the device.