Read for some retro chic? The idea behind the Amazon Kindle is nice and all, but not everyone is ready to jump into the wholly new experience of an e-book. Part of the reason why some people are hesitant to enjoy an e-book reader is that they typically do not offer the same tactile experience as thumbing through a real book. The Livre concept is meant to address that.
Yes, there is a fair bit of bulk to the Livre, making it a fair bit thicker than the Sony Reader and Amazon Kindle, but this extra thickness — along with the soft cover — give the Livre more of a “real” feel to it, helping the more traditional amongst us to embrace the e-book format. It’s a little less sterile.
Going further, the Livre concept is also supposed to come with multitouch page flicking. Everyone loves multitouch, but we’re thinking that the response time offered by e-ink technology isn’t quite ready for this functionality just yet.