The next One Laptop Per Child computer is a book

Wade Roush at xconomy reports on an announcement by OLPC’s founder Nicholas Negroponte (of MIT’s Media Lab) describing their next generation ebook laptop:

The book-like design of the device “comes from something we’ve learned over the past couple of years—that the book experience is key,” Negroponte said during his presentation this morning. “Some people have asked me why not just give kids cell phones? And in fact there will be 1.2 billion cell phones manufactured this year, and cell phones are of huge consequence in the developing world—but the cell phone is not a learning device. The next generation laptop should be a book.”

2nd generation OLPC device