The Sony Reader

I love new toys.  It had been a while (at least two weeks) since my last one.  I was sitting next to Howard Morgan at a meeting catching up and he asked me if I had gotten a Sony Reader (PRS-500) yet.  Both of us are voracious readers and travelers – picture me lugging at least three books with me wherever I go.

Howard said the Sony Reader had changed his reading life.  I bought one online that afternoon (Sony uses Intershop software for their ecommerce – man – I’d forgotten they still existed.)  I read my first book on it today – Simple Genius by David Baldacci. 

It was awesome (the book and the Sony Reader.)  I loaded it up with a couple of David Halberstam books and I’ll leave the pile of hardback books behind on my seven day trip next week. 

I had an early ebook device (I can’t remember who it was from) and it was “ok” but too big, too heavy, the battery life was too short, and the screen wasn’t quite right.  The Sony Reader seems to nail it all and after spending four hours with it this afternoon, I’m looking forward to my next book on it.

I’ll check back in after a few more books and tell you if I’m still loving it.

  • http://www.pardonthedisruption.com Chip Griffin

    I’ve had the Sony Reader for about 6 months now and still love it. Since I’m on the road almost every week, it has certainly saved my back — while also letting me carry more variety with me so that I can indulge whatever reading mood I’m in.

    The only slight beef I have is with the selection of books in the Sony Connect store. It has been steadily improving and I can get about 85% of the books I want, but I’d love to see it be a little more comprehensive. There’s still the occasional bestselling author that they don’t carry. And they don’t seem to have new releases as quickly as bookstores.

    But even with that caveat, I still find that it to be a keeper.

  • http://ben.casnocha.com Ben Casnocha

    Paul Berberian is a huge fan, too. I’ve never used, but tempted.

  • http://mathoda.com Ranjit Mathoda

    How well does it work with PDFs? Do you have to format the PDFs a particular way?

  • http://www.whatisleft.org Sacca

    Just pulled the trigger. Will let you know how it goes.

  • bookjunkie

    I have had one since the holidays and it has definitely changed my reading life. Battery life is excellent and eye strain is no worse than reading a book.

    A previous comment asked about PDF support – it is there but if the PDF is not formatted for the screen size the text is typically too small to read. The eReader does not attempt to repaginate the text – it simply reduces the size of the entire page. Switching to landscape mode helps but image quality reduces around the edges.

  • Jerry

    I’ve been using it since Christmas. Handles .pdfs (and music files) just fine. I agree with Chip…the selection at the Sony Connect store is really limited. Moreover it doesn’t (yet) seem to be able to handled locked .pdf ebooks from other sources (like Amazon) which is just typical dumb Sony. (So I can buy an eBook from Amazon and read it on any computer that’s registered with Adobe but NOT on my now preferred ebook device???) Sony should also make it a LOT easier for people to gift you books. My Amazon wish list is extensive and the main source of gifts for me. But the form factor and readability are great.

  • http://www.tricalyx.com Kathy Keating

    Well, you picked the best author to start out with. David Baldacci is one of my favorites! Sounds like this is one of the technologies I need to look into. Can’t they put it all into one device?

  • http://www.waytooearly.com HLMorgan

    Glad you’re liking it, I had the old Rocketbook too, and it was too heavy and too short a battery life. Just finished simple Genius too. Glad you like it. Don’t try PDFs, but if you have a .DOC file, you can use the import function to get a pretty readable document. Just realize that starting with larger font helps.

  • http://shripriya.com/blog Shripriya

    I bought this as a gift to my husband the week it came out. With over 1500 books in the house, I had to ban any new books. He usually travels with ten books and this has changed his life!

    It uses no power while the page is being displayed so the battery life is very long and it recharges with just a usb cord.

    The only downside seems to be that the Sony Connect software appears clunky.

  • http://lallylogic.startitup.net Brendan Lally

    The eReader is a good start and the ‘technology’ is certaintly getting better. However its still a technology play as opposed to a ubiquitous consumer offering.

    When they solve the following, then it may start getting some real traction compared 2 just a geekie toy.
    – price point needs to be

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Friendy143 Friendy143

    A price drop is coming, and of course they don’t want you to know about it. They practically said it themselves. Sony says they predict sales increase by double next year. They also say they’ve lost a billion this year. But the thing that has me assuming they are going to do a price drop soon, is the fact that they think that they will lose another billion next year. How do you lose the same amount year to year if you plan on doubling your sales?
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  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Friendy143 Friendy143

    A price drop is coming, and of course they dont want you to know about it. They practically said it themselves. Sony says they predict sales increase by double next year. They also say theyve lost a billion this year. But the thing that has me assuming they are going to do a price drop soon, is the fact that they think that they will lose another billion next year. How do you lose the same amount year to year if you plan on doubling your sales?