View Full Version : 95% sold on the Sony Reader


Lov2Read
06-07-2007, 02:28 PM
I currently read off of a Palm TX PDA and a Dell Axim PDA. Thinking of getting a dedicated ebook reading device and am looking at the Sony Reader. I have pretty much decided that it would be a better choice than IRex.

Here is what is holding me back. I have a horrible knack for buying a gizmo only to have a new model released within a few months of me buying it. Does anyone know if Sony is planning on releasing a new model of the reader anytime soon? I have searched the Internet looking for news and haven't found anything on it, but I wanted to ask you all since you follow this market much closer than I.

Also, I have about 450 ebooks in a variety of formats that I plan on converting. Does the Sony EReader support a 2 GB SD card?

Anyone tried the lamp that connects to the Sony Reader for nighttime reading?

Thanks all!

NatCh
06-07-2007, 02:34 PM
Welcome to MobileRead, Lov3Read! :nice:

You can find out lots about folks experiences with clip on lights and the Reader, in the Reader Accessories forum (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=113), the latest discussion thread is here (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=9362), but there are other threads on the topic too.

There were some rumors about a 'next model' but that was 5 months ago, with nary a hint of a peep since. I haven't been able to dig up with anything that would indicate any work on a version next, so my guess is that if they are, it must bee in the early concept stage, and we wouldn't see it for at least another year or so. :shrug:

And you can salt that to suit your taste. :beam:

RWood
06-07-2007, 03:28 PM
And yes, the Reader does support the 2 GB SD card.

There are many conversion tools available including BookDesigner and html2lrf (libprs500) to make LRF files for the Reader and a host of others to create RTF files from almost anything.

Roy White
06-07-2007, 10:11 PM
Lov2... I'm an exception I think on this board. Most people only put 10 or 12 books on their reader at once. I have so far 178 books on mine. I bought a 2 GB sd card and it still haas 1.8 gigs left to fill. Some people find it a pain in the patootie to scroll through 178 titles but they show at ten titles per page. When I consider how much time I used to spend driving to the library or Borders books or at yard sales then perusing the stacks, tables etc.. Going through JUNK to try and find a treasure when at this site you have fanatic bookworms putting their favorite books on the ebooks page to read... i keep on downloading book sand storing them away for a rainy day like a squireel burying acorns.

I'm sold! When Sony. (Or any other company for that matter) puts out a new reader like the Sony Reader, (Assuming my reader is wore out) I'll probably buy that one if its better but so far I am ABSOLUTELY satisfied with my reader. Its one of the few products I've ever bought that completely fulfills what I want it to do. I have no problem at all scrolling through 17 pages of book titles to find the book I'm in the mood for reading. (17 page clicks)

Buy it you'll like it.

Lov2Read
06-13-2007, 01:37 PM
Thanks everyone for the info. I ordered it and it should be arriving shortly. I am looking forward to playing with it!

Thanks again!

Dzkiba
06-19-2007, 10:53 PM
Lov2... I'm an exception I think on this board. Most people only put 10 or 12 books on their reader at once. I have so far 178 books on mine. I bought a 2 GB sd card and it still haas 1.8 gigs left to fill. Some people find it a pain in the patootie to scroll through 178 titles but they show at ten titles per page. When I consider how much time I used to spend driving to the library or Borders books or at yard sales then perusing the stacks, tables etc.. Going through JUNK to try and find a treasure when at this site you have fanatic bookworms putting their favorite books on the ebooks page to read... i keep on downloading book sand storing them away for a rainy day like a squireel burying acorns.

I'm sold! When Sony. (Or any other company for that matter) puts out a new reader like the Sony Reader, (Assuming my reader is wore out) I'll probably buy that one if its better but so far I am ABSOLUTELY satisfied with my reader. Its one of the few products I've ever bought that completely fulfills what I want it to do. I have no problem at all scrolling through 17 pages of book titles to find the book I'm in the mood for reading. (17 page clicks)

Buy it you'll like it.

I agree with you Sony Reader is great!
ps: I guess you have used the Collections Tools, if not try to use it, you won't need to scroll down 17 pages filled with ebooks, instead you can choose
the collection you have created, for example a classic, historic, fiction, etc.. collection. They are just shortcuts to your books.

Roy White
06-20-2007, 10:04 AM
I know.. The only problem is, The Collections tool only works on books stored on internal memory. It doesn't work on books on the Sd card.

JSWolf
06-20-2007, 10:20 AM
But given how many books can be stored on the internal memory, that's not usually an issue.

oboy
08-01-2007, 10:59 PM
But given how many books can be stored on the internal memory, that's not usually an issue.


Try putting 181 Doc Savage stories on it. It pretty much fills it up, and knocks out other collections, like The Shadow and Tarzan. :)

joblack
08-02-2007, 01:29 PM
The sony supports 2 GB cards. The problem is that it doesnīt have so much options and with a lot of books on the card it takes ages to set a bookmark for instance (needs over 25 seconds).

For the price of 100 - 150 USD the sony is fine .. but it isnīt worth more. For more performance the iLiad is definitively better ...

Cthulhu
08-02-2007, 01:41 PM
I finally received my super-discounted Reader, and I am extremely happy with it. I burned through my free credit quite easily, and racked up some nice debits to my bank account just as easily. Not having to trudge to the Border's in 90+F heat, and only $8 (avg) per book? Priceless.
To be honest, when I first powered it on, the screen re-flash was a bit weird, and I started to think "if only it had colour, if only it had wi-fi, if only...." Then I realised that I was asking for my book to be as smart as a laptop!
The SONY Reader is great so far, especially as a replacement for all those pesky books. However, if you want more sophisticated functions out our your e-text device, try something else.

joblack
08-02-2007, 01:48 PM
The main problem is that it is very slow. For a lot of books half of the time youīre just waiting to react. I also had several crashes (with the newest firmware). It just freezed or didnīt recognize the books on the memore card anymore (if you plug it out and in again it starts indexing the whole memory disk ... and you wait over four minutes again).

I donīt know the iLiad yet, but I think it has a lot of more power to do the tasks a lot of faster.

JSWolf
08-02-2007, 02:29 PM
The sony supports 2 GB cards. The problem is that it doesnīt have so much options and with a lot of books on the card it takes ages to set a bookmark for instance (needs over 25 seconds).

For the price of 100 - 150 USD the sony is fine .. but it isnīt worth more. For more performance the iLiad is definitively better ...
But remember the iLiad is $750.

oboy
08-02-2007, 09:04 PM
It just freezed or didnīt recognize the books on the memore card anymore (if you plug it out and in again it starts indexing the whole memory disk ... and you wait over four minutes again).


Did you have a lot of non-lrf files on it, or mostly lrf files?

I've found that with lrf files, even books of 800+ pages (in small font), loads up with ease, and quickly converts to M or L font. War and Peace (4000+ pages), took a lot longer.

I've removed all non-lrf files from my Reader, because PDF is totally useless, and stuff like Project Gutenburg needs reformatting unless you like broken lines.

Using Book Designer is simple enough, but one still has to clean up the file before converting it to lrf.

joblack
08-03-2007, 11:58 AM
They are almost only lrf files ... bookdesigner is fine, but isnīt importing pictures and tables from a pdf file.

oboy
08-03-2007, 06:44 PM
They are almost only lrf files ... bookdesigner is fine, but isnīt importing pictures and tables from a pdf file.

Book Designer has some major flaws, such as erasing tables from HTML, not allowing blockquoting, etc. It's one of those programs that has loads of potential, but isn't quite there yet. I've been working within its confines, and am getting decent results.

kovidgoyal
08-03-2007, 07:26 PM
Try html2lrf it support tables and blockquotes and what have you.

HarryT
08-09-2007, 02:53 AM
Book Designer has some major flaws, such as erasing tables from HTML, not allowing blockquoting, etc. It's one of those programs that has loads of potential, but isn't quite there yet. I've been working within its confines, and am getting decent results.

It only "erases tables" if you have the "Remove Tables" box checked in the "Settings" dialog. Otherwise, it converts them into text.

JSWolf
08-12-2007, 11:07 PM
They are almost only lrf files ... bookdesigner is fine, but isnīt importing pictures and tables from a pdf file.
The PDF import is very simple. It'll just import the text. And I'm not even sure it will keep the styles. You'll have to find a better way to convert your PDF to something BD understands. It's not the fault of BD. BD was never meant as a full PDF converter. Me, I avoid PDF whenever I can. It's just not worth the hassle overall.