18 Responses to “Breaking up with Kindle”

  1. Jane January 9, 2009 at 9:50 AM #

    Sarah calls her Kindle Sir Fusspot bc of how difficult it is to interface Kindle with other etailer bookstores.

    We’ll have to do a swap, maybe at RT. You can take my touchscreen home with you and you can let me use the lower end Sony.

  2. Katrina Strauss January 9, 2009 at 9:53 AM #

    It’s interesting to see that the Kindle has rapidly become the choice of agents and editors, even on the print side of the industry, due to the wireless capabilities. But yes, on a reader level, I love my Sony 505, complete with nifty black leather binder to better simulate holding a “real book” in my hands. I’ve also considered upgrading to the 700, but I’ve read mixed reviews. I would consider the backlighting a plus, but several people have complained that backlit screen makes for more glare. So I’m still on the fence in that regard.

  3. Angie January 9, 2009 at 10:06 AM #

    I’ve always laughed at Sarah’s name for her Kindle because it’s so fitting. Do you not like the touchscreen, Jane? What about the built-in lights?

    Like you, Katrina, I’ve heard mixed reviews as well. I actually do have the booklight built for the Sony (that flips over the screen) but it scratches SO easily. In fact, I’ve never used it or the Sony, except to show at conferences, and it’s quite scratched, despite being protected by the cover. So when you’re reading with that light, you see all the little marks all over it. Ugh.

    I think maybe I need to make myself a pretty cover for my Sony to brighten it up a little…

  4. Leah Braemel January 9, 2009 at 10:07 AM #

    I love my Sony 505. And my hubby bought me the new LED light and cover for Christmas: http://www.sonystyle.ca/commerce/servlet/ProductDetailDisplay?storeId=10001&langId=-1&catalogId=10001&productId=1005166&navigationPath=46881n100431 (or use this one: http://tiny.cc/TdcyO ) It’s great for low-light reading.

    And I use Calibre instead of the Sony library software too – for the same reason – I can put in meta tags, etc. Of course living in Canada, the Kindle’s not an option for me anyway, so maybe I’m biased.

  5. Angie January 9, 2009 at 10:19 AM #

    Leah, that’s exactly the light I use. I’d like it so much better if it didn’t get marked up so easily. For the price, I expected it to be a little sturdier, I guess.

  6. Lorelie Brown January 9, 2009 at 11:04 AM #

    That’s kinda funny. My first MP3 player was a Sony and I absolutely despised the file management on it (and the DRM, too). Guess they’ve caught up, at least in ebooks.

  7. Wendy January 9, 2009 at 11:38 AM #

    I have a Sony PRS-505, and really love it. For my needs, the Sony software has worked fine, but I also downloaded the Adobe software to handle those titles I purchase off the eHarlequin site, and that’s been fine as well. I highly doubt I’ll ever give up print entirely, but for the convenience, especially when I travel!, the Sony Reader can’t be beat.

    I will admit though, I do covet the wireless capabilities of the Kindle. Not enough to actually buy one, but still….I covet.

  8. Angie January 9, 2009 at 11:50 AM #

    What is needed to manage the eHarlequin titles? I didn’t realize there was a problem with those?

  9. Virag January 9, 2009 at 12:04 PM #

    I downloaded Calibre about a month ago and absolutely love it for organizing books to read on my computer. I’m reading ebooks on my ipaq currently so Mobipocket works best for that device but by the time I actually get a Sony I’ll have everything organized and ready to go with Calibre.

  10. Jane January 9, 2009 at 4:38 PM #

    No, I like the touchscreen and the lights – am just offering you an opportunity to use it yourself for some period of time not to exceed __ amount of dates.

    Also, the only format that works on the Sony Reader for purchases straight from the eHarlequin site is epub. I think that is what Wendy was referring to.

    @Katrina Strauss – actually most editors (not agents though) have Sonys. I know that almost every publishing house from S&S to RandomHouse to Tor to Penguin, the editors and marketing staff have been outfitted with Sony Readers.

  11. Karin January 9, 2009 at 7:07 PM #

    Thanks for posting about the two different ereaders. I haven’t gotten one yet, but have been considering a few different ones for when I actually have the money to do so.

  12. ArkansasCyndi January 9, 2009 at 7:59 PM #

    Rumor has it that the next generation of Sony eReader will be wireless. If so, I think it will give Kindle a run for its money.

  13. drey January 9, 2009 at 8:16 PM #

    Angie – I really want a Kindle for the wireless capabilities, but if you don’t find missing it too much of a lack while traveling, I’ll probably get the eReader for all the reasons you’ve listed.

    Also, I wanted to let you know that I’m giving you the Premio Dardos Award. Don’t ask me what it means, I’m clueless. =)

  14. Angie January 10, 2009 at 10:14 AM #

    Jane, why doesn’t Adobe PDF work from eHarlequin? And where do they offer secure epub as an option on the site? I only see Adobe, LIT, and Mobi.

    There are always rumours about the next product. Maybe the next Kindle will have better file management!

  15. Wyzwmn January 10, 2009 at 2:21 PM #

    a question if you please

    why would you buy an e-reader over a laptop or notebook?
    wouldn’t it just be one more tool to haul around?

    and if Samhain bought you a 505 and a kindle…I think you should keep em!

    I’m just sayin…

  16. HelenK January 11, 2009 at 12:57 AM #

    Angie, I buy Adobe PDFs from eHarlequin. They work beautifully. I’ve never considered getting either other option because the library books I download to the Sony 505 are also Adobe.

    I’ve only had it a few months, but I do love it.

  17. Helm January 16, 2009 at 3:00 AM #

    I found a converter for Sony
    http://www.lib2go.com

  18. Lianne January 22, 2009 at 3:07 PM #

    I have a 505 eReader, and I love it (and not just because it came in Red). Mind you, I live in Canada, and we don’t get the Kindle yet, and even if we did, they don’t support the wireless in Canada, so that didn’t factor into my decision. The leather cover on the Sony, giving the feel of reading an actual book, works very nicely.

    But when I bought it, the 700 was a month away from release in north america, and the guy at the Sony store confided that the version released in Japan had some issues with the touch screen. Since touch screen was not a deal-breaker for me, I happily bought my red ereader.

    Just before Christmas, CBC.ca had an article on ebooks, and the reported that in December, the Sony stores in Ottawa were selling an average of 10 readers a day. At $300 a pop, that was very nice for their bottom line that month.

    (BTW, the Ottawa library even has PDF format ebooks you can download for three weeks. Great for the reading)

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