Thursday, November 15, 2007
Sony eReader! <3 <3 <3

Having used my beloved eReader for close to 5 months now, I think it's time I wrote a bit about it to share with you how I find it so far. And yes, those are indeed little hearts you see in the article title. That mean I LUVVVV IIITTTTT! =D
A while ago out of pure accident I came across one of Sony's most ingenious little ideas, the Sony eBook Reader. I suppose you could see sparkles in my eyes when I found out what it was and what it did. I could finally be delivered from the pain of having to read all my eBooks on my monitor. I have to add here, I read a lot and I have a truly large number of eBooks. [You can see a part of my library here.] I'm not really a big fan of paper books because of obvious reasons. If I were to store the paper version of all the books that I currently have, I would need to rent the white house. In addition, I once had to leave behind my library of paper books when I was migrating from one country to the other. That was certainly not an enjoyable event. So now, for me it's all about eBooks. I guess you can imagine what it would mean to me and what kind of freedom I would achieve by being able to load a handful of my eBooks into a tiny gadget and carry it around wherever I want, just like a simple paperback. It would also mean that I won't have to worry about staring at the monitor for 12 hours strait and tiring the heck out of my eyes.
Obviously the first thing that I did was going through the specifications of the eReader. I noticed that there's a main book format for the reader [BBeB aka .lrf], and it also supports most of the major formats including PDF and TXT. It also has the ability to display JPG images in gray-scale, and play mp3 files among other sound formats. That was all I needed; I was sold. But then I also started looking into the online user reviews for the gadget and that turned out to be somewhat disconcerting. I read a whole lot about how people were unhappy with the fact that the display is in gray-scale. There was also tons of rant about the loading speed for each page, and I even read comments saying that the screen would break by a touch! And that's to mention just a few...
To my good fortune, I was too taken by it not to take the risk. Despite all the sad reviews, I decided to buy one. [Now given that the reader is only available in the USA, how I managed to get my hands on one is another story altogether..] Well, obviously I'm now more than happy I took the risk. The eReader is probably the most useful piece of electronics I paid for in the past heaven knows how many years. As it turns out, it's indeed a splendid little gadget. The time it takes to load each page is pretty much equal the amount of time it would take the human hand to turn the page of a paper book. You can change the size of the font to your liking, and the display is just fantastic. You can read the font clearly from any given angle. It's light, easy to carry about and the battery charge lasts for a mighty long while. The sound quality is also very nice and it can easily rid you of your mp3 player. As for the physical strength of the screen... well I have a feeling some people might have tried playing squash with it, in which case it would definitely not last. But if you know how to use an electronic gadget, you won't have any problems. And not to forget... to my deep delight, the eReader supports both Pro Duo memory sticks and the old fashioned SD cards. The only thing that doesn't make me very happy right now, is that since the eReader has been released for the USA, at the moment the users outside of the USA are not able to directly connect to the Sony Connect Store to buy the BeBB books for the reader. That however was not a problem for me since I already have tons of eBooks to read with the eReader, and regardless of where you get your eBook, you can read it with the eReader. Even if you want to have BBeB books, there are tons of free applications out there that would take your PDF or RTF or whatever else you have and convert it into an LRF.
At the end, it is the fact that this gadget is not for everyone, and I can see clearly where all the negative reviews are coming from. Buying the eReader, would mean that you're paying almost twice the price of a PSP for something that does not display you colours and you can't play games with it. This gadget is for true readers, it's meant to make easy the lives of people like me who spend hours and hours reading books. Don't expect from it what's it's not meant for, and then pour your frustration into a negative review. And yet, don't miss it if you're a bookworm as I am. =)

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23 Commentz:

Anonymous Kay said...

Awesome eye-opening article Aasemoon. =) I guess I'm gonna get me one of these.

15 Nov 2007 19:44:00  
Anonymous Soren said...

I just want to second the whole article! =D I love the eReader too, it's a thing of beauty.

15 Nov 2007 19:53:00  
Anonymous Raj said...

wow cool! me likes!

15 Nov 2007 20:09:00  
Anonymous Nick said...

I wonder what planet I've been living on! When did this come out? I had no idea! This is freakin' sweeeet!!

15 Nov 2007 20:41:00  
Anonymous Charlemagne said...

I'm a user too, and loving it.
Learned about it from Aasemoon.. it's no big surprise that many people haven't heard of it as it has been released only in the states.

15 Nov 2007 21:04:00  
Anonymous Nick said...

Well Charlemage my bro, that's the problem, I happen to live in the states!!!

15 Nov 2007 22:07:00  
Anonymous Mike said...

Hi there, thanks for the informative log. It's good to know about this.

16 Nov 2007 02:45:00  
Anonymous Charlemagne said...

@ Nick: LOL!

16 Nov 2007 06:00:00  
Anonymous Anders said...

So it plays audio filles, meaning that you can listen to audiobooks with it too. That's a good thing.

16 Nov 2007 17:26:00  
Anonymous Oana said...

You little Nerd! That's a "part" of your library? :))))

16 Nov 2007 22:57:00  
Anonymous Necromancer said...

Actually I have to say, "you little nerd", so now SD cards are last century? =D

17 Nov 2007 04:34:00  
Blogger Optimus said...

2232?! How much percentage of these have you read?

17 Nov 2007 09:54:00  
Blogger Aasemoon said...

@Oana & Necromancer: LOL! Well, what can I say... =))))

@Optimus: Could say about 85% or so.

Anybody else using Shelfari?

18 Nov 2007 00:27:00  
Anonymous Lee said...

wow 85% of 2232 is quite a lot, a lot more than I will probably read in my entire life. :D You read a lot!

18 Nov 2007 00:35:00  
Anonymous Maryam said...

Yes I have known this little girl for a fairly long while now and believe you me, by the time she was 7, she had already chewed every single book ever written by Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, and probably half the Asimov collection already.. I remember those days. :)

18 Nov 2007 00:40:00  
Anonymous Sie said...

Cool article, and cool books you got on your list. :)

20 Nov 2007 16:50:00  
Anonymous Seth said...

I guess I know what I'll get me for xmas!!

20 Nov 2007 22:30:00  
Anonymous Darren said...

My bro had a book reader of a different brand, one of those with 2 screens (one was a touch screen) and WiFi and all that. But it was really not so practical to use because it didn't support a lot of different book formats and it was somewhat heavier than a normal book. I was looking at the specs of this one, and seems like this would be a lot more practical.

23 Nov 2007 18:44:00  
Blogger genox said...

by the way, amazon just relased (ok, couple of days ago) an e-book reader.

29 Nov 2007 20:26:00  
Anonymous Derek said...

Aamazon's book reader is really not that practical. Too many limitations on what you can and cannot read with it.

1 Dec 2007 22:51:00  
Anonymous Luke said...

Yeah I totally agree with with Derek. I actually had a chance to use one. I hated it, to be blunt!

16 Feb 2008 02:02:00  
Anonymous Necromancer said...

Is there a huge difference between the older and the newer sony reader?

16 Feb 2008 02:04:00  
Anonymous Seth said...

Not really. Basically nothing. It's supposedly faster but it's not like the older one was slow. And the looks are a liiiittle bit different. That's about it.

16 Feb 2008 02:06:00  

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