Now not long back I asked the question about which was better between the Kindle and the Sony e-book readers. A lot of folks showed up and most were in favor of the Kindle because of the ability to buy and download a book on the fly without needing a computer. I have to admit I was really impressed with the Kindle but I had to check out the Sony reader as well as the Nook reader I had forgotten about.
First thing I saw was that this was going to be an investment and not really a small one either since the Kindle runs about $260 and the Sony goes for $200. I figured that I needed to make sure I got the most bang for my buck so I started doing a lot of reading on both of them. First the Kindle, there were quite a few features I liked such as being able to hold 1500 books on it as well as being able to have the books read aloud if I felt like it. The Kindle is very user friendly and the books are a little cheaper than the ones you would get through the Sony store site. I liked that it had a larger screen and just looked good overall. There was one big drawback to the Kindle for me and that was that the downloaded books were device specific. From all I read it looked to me like I would only be able to read the books on that one device. May not seem like much but I was looking at it for the point of view that if I broke my Kindle I would either have to strip the PID from the downloaded books to get them to work on my new Kindle or I would have to re-download the books all over again. Oh, from what I gather, the PID is like an ID code for the book and reader.
Then it was on to the Sony Reader, I wanted to check the Nook out a bit but the nearest Barnes and Noble is over 100 miles away so I put this one on the back burner to pull out if I didn’t like the Sony reader. First thing I noticed was that it was a bit smaller and only held 350 books on it at a time though I could load as many as I wanted on to the computer to put on the reader as I wanted. One drawback I saw right away was that I’d have to connect it to the computer to transfer books onto and off of the reader. Sounded like a pain but a rather small one I thought. I did like that I could go to the public library and “checkout” e-books with it and it also read a variety of formats including PDF (so does the Kindle) and MS Word. This I liked because I don’t have a PDF writer and if I wanted to take some of my stories with me to show to a friend I’d be able to. The books are a little higher if you buy them from the Sony Store but since the reader reads “epub” & “BBeB” formats I’ve found other stores that I can get the books from cheaper.
I still had to explain to the wife what I was trying to accomplish by getting an e-book reader but now that I was armed with the relevant information I knew I’d win the day. When I started talking to the wife about it I decided to show her the sites and explain the different features and drawbacks of both systems on the web as I figured it would be easier for her since she would be able to see what they were and such. In the end my wife was skeptical and even more so when I told her the price so it was then that I lowered the boom and told her that I was getting rid of my paper library and going all digital. At first she wasn’t sure what I was talking about but once she understood that I meant I was getting rid of 50 or so boxes of books and that I’d be able to keep my entire library on my computer and backed up on a DVD she was all for it. Since we’re a military family we have to think of things such as how much all our stuff weighs and how much space it’ll take up since we have a weight limit and the base houses are typically on the small side.
After she got over the shock of the idea I’d proposed I knew it’d come down to price and features I liked the most. She still can’t quite accept that I’m willing to get rid of hard backed books, some I’ve had for 30 years or so, but she is very enthusiastic about it as long as I’m sure that’s what I want to do. In the end and after many assurances to her that I wouldn’t regret it later I went to the local Wal-Mart and picked up the Sony Pocket Reader and have started loading it with books to read. It was like a sign or something since the morning after talking to the wife about it Wal-Mart put the Sony readers on sale for $148. Now that I have one I can’t understand what was holding me back before, I love the thing and am driving the wife a little nuts since I have it in my hand almost constantly but at least now she doesn’t have 4 or 5 open books laying around different parts of the house waiting for me to come by and pick up reading where I’d left off.