Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Techno-lust 1: Sony Reader

I played with a Sony Reader at Border's today ($300). Very nice. I like its form factor better than the Kindle. You have to jump through some hoops to get it to work with a Mac, unfortunately.

It's supposed to work fine with Project Gutenberg. That is a real plus for me, since I enjoy reading "classics" but am trying to drastically reduce my book clutter.


Patia said...

Interesting. Have you gotten to play with a Kindle, too?

I've wanted Kindle since the Amazon CEO demoed one on Martha a week or so ago.

I thought the whole point of a wireless reading device was that you didn't need a computer?

big mike said...

Patia -

I haven't had a chance to play with a Kindle.

Here are two side-by-side comparisons: 1, 2

I think the Sony Reader has a nicer form factor -- more compact, but still big enough to read comfortably

For me, wireless would not be worth the extra 100 bucks. I would be content to use my Mac to grab out-of-copyright books from Project Gutenberg.

Patia said...

Oh, I see what you mean about FF. The Sony is a little sleeker, isn't it? I think I'd like the ease of wireless, though, especially for subscriptions like magazines.

For a while, I downloaded books onto my Palm, but found it was too small for very enjoyable reading. These devices could change that.

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