I totally agree and couldn't have said it better. This won't keep me from quite likely purchasing the new device, but I regard proprietary rechargeable battery packs as a terrible design decision if no alternative is provided. ----- Original Message ----- From: "Franklin Johnson" <franklin1234@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> To: <bookport@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Tuesday, January 16, 2007 9:01 PM Subject: [bookport] Re: Ordinary Batteries? Pamela I wish APH would reconsider making the rechargeable battery pack proprietary. The rechargeable feature is a good idea. However many of the users of the BookPort are on limited incomes and typically one is unable to get bye sending a device in for servicing for less than @100 when all is said and done.