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Impending two Kindle family.

For my birthday my friends at work dug deep and gave me a £40 Amazon gift voucher, which I immediately spent on a 3G Kindle. I'm almost universally impressed with it. It's fast, light and does exactly what it was designed to do - allow me to read on the extremely packed 8.15am Northern Line train. I lent it to Christina over the weekend as she was flying to Denmark for her fathers birthday and won't let it go now. I think it helped that she is reading 'Do androids dream of electric sheep', but I strongly suspect she'll end up getting her own soon.

Niggles so far, the scroll buttons on both the left and right side (to support left and right handed use I assume) mean I do accidentally scroll in crowded conditions, but I'm already compensating. I'm also disappointed that some books are region only, for example you can get Fighting Fantasy kindle books in the US but not in the UK it seems. Also, smaller publishers seem to not on there yet - Black Library I'm looking at you, trashy 40K novels are ideal for the Kindle. (Actually not all the 40K books are trashy, but you know what I mean). Also, Freya managed to crash it in about 2 minutes but zooming and changing the font on a *cough* TSR PDF I uploaded - It's ok, I have an original B4 at home.

But reading a Kindle formatted book is a very pleasant experience, especially when you're somewhere book unfriendly. I'm a hoarder and I do feel a sense of guilt about not adding the mound of books that our little flat cannot contain. I also wish that Amazon did some sort of scheme whereby you got free or cheap versions of books you previously bought as paper.



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Mar. 22nd, 2011 03:18 pm (UTC)
The Sony Reader is better... I had the PRS 650 and it was wonderfully simple to use. Plus it has touch-screen and multilingual dictionaries so you can easily check what a word would be in another language.

I've used both and I preferred the Sony reader... and apparently there is a new one coming out in a few weeks which has 3G, wifi as well
Mar. 23rd, 2011 09:54 am (UTC)
Have you had a Kindle v3 too? The Sony looks heavier with a smaller display to me, but maybe the new version improves all that. Do you know what publishers support the Sony?
Mar. 23rd, 2011 10:02 am (UTC)
Sony is making the Reader Touch as open as possible, so the file formats it will take are plentiful. The main ones include: EPUB eBooks (Adept) BBeB eBook, PDF, Word, TXT and RTF.
This does a good job of masking the fact that Sony doesn't have the might of the Amazon Kindle Store to go with its ebook reader.
As it is sporting EPUB, you can download ebooks from most online stores out there, though. The one which you won't be able to is, for obvious reasons, the Kindle Store.

With the release of the Reader Touch, Sony is promoting that you can now rent books through 50 council library websites.
We found this was easy enough to do, but there are some interesting things with the renting. Even though it is a digital file, each library only has so many licences, so like a real library the book you want may well be 'out on loan'. You do get notified when the ebook is available, though.
It's a nice idea, but one which is currently limited. If more libraries sign up then it may well take off.
What is much better is the search function of the Sony Reader website which offers up all the free domain books Google has to offer.
This saves you a lot of time wading through the priced books which Google also offers.

Read more: http://www.techradar.com/reviews/gadgets/portable-video/portable-media-players-recorders/sony-prs-650-reader-touch-902213/review?artc_pg=3#ixzz1HPpAANYe
Mar. 23rd, 2011 11:35 am (UTC)
I'll keep an eye on it. I'm not convinced it's worth twice the price of the Kindle for something that isn't as easy to get books onto.

The Kindle supports most of those formats BTW. I was reading Cthulhu PDF on it only the other day :)

Mar. 24th, 2011 02:31 am (UTC)
I've promised myself an ebook reader as soon as I get through the backlog (multiple shelves) of "books I've bought but haven't read yet", which embarrassingly even includes books by friends of mine.

Anyway, the Kindle is great but suffers from not supporting epub. The best option is to use Calibre (a fantastic program) to convert.

I checked out borrowing ebooks from council libraries, they had a really poor range (like about a dozen sf books, total).
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