So I got this little gadget a few days ago:
I know that I’ve been rather skeptical about the utility and value of dedicated ebook readers in the past. After a few days of using this one (a Sony Reader Pocket Edition), I have to say that it’s mighty convenient. You can pick up where you left off without having to worry about keeping your page, it’s much easier to read one-handed, and being able to carry around a few hundred paperbacks in a cargo pocket may come in handy during longer trips.
This one’s not a Kindle, so there’s no wireless downloading of books directly to the device. You have to use Sony’s Reader Library software to access their ebook store, but the Sony supports all sorts of open standards. I downloaded a ton of ebooks in .epub format from various places on the Intertubes, and transferring them to the Reader doesn’t even require the use of the software. The Sony mounts on the desktop like a flash drive, and you can just drag the .epub files onto the storage directory. It doesn’t have the bells and wistles of the Kindle or the nook, but it’s also much easier to pocket, a little more robust, half as expensive, and nobody *coughamazon* will be able to reach in remotely and mess with my stuff.
Now, I’m not about to get rid of the paper library, but I guess the ereader idea isn’t completely silly. I’m enjoying this one, and may even start buying books for it if I can’t get a hold of the paper version quickly at my local bookstore. I’ve been mostly on my back the last few days thanks to a visit from the Sciatica Fairy, and so far, I’ve read two novels on the Sony–John Scalzi’s “Agent to the Stars”, and Naomi Novik’s “His Majesty’s Dragon”. (Further proof that ebooks drive sales of paper books: I liked “His Majesty’s Dragon” so much that I ordered the rest of the Temeraire series on paper.)
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some pills to pop, and then I’ll continue following the exploits of a certain fantasy heroine. (Bonus geek points if you can name the book from the chapter excerpt on the screen in the picture.)