Will the Kindle spark an eBook device surge?

livre1.jpgI'm grateful to Peter Brantley for pointing out to me that over at engadget, a student design competition gives insight into how to usefully combine multitouch into a reader. Which leads me to wonder whether the advent of the Kindle is stimulating an upsurge in the development of eBook readers. This one looks closer to a useful, attractive device than the Kindle ever will in its current form. The touch surface is reminiscent of the iPhone, iPod Touch etc. But I'm sure we still have a way to go before the best combination of look, functionality, convenience and price point comes together and captures the imagination of more than a small minority of book readers.