View Full Version : Reasons I got the Kindle and got rid of my Sony Reader


byebyeSony
11-29-2007, 07:11 PM
Having owned a PRS-500, upgraded to a PRS-505, and most recently owning a Kindle (I returned the PRS-505), I can say that for me the Kindle experience simply blows away the Sony. I can completely understand if folks who own a Sony opt not to spend another 399 to get a Kindle (though I would suggest selling your sony on eBay), but if you are making a decision between the two, I would strongly recommend the Kindle over the Sony every time.

The breadth of titles available on Amazon, their price, the ease of finding content and purchasing it, the ability to get periodicals/newspapers (I subscribe to Time and the WSJ and love getting it every morning on my Kindle), the ability to lookup word definitions (I didn't think I would use this feature, but I have already used it numerous times), and the ability to highlight and make notes really sets this device apart.

I also cannot stress how nice it is to be able to manage just about everything from the device. Just the other day I was watching an interview on TV with an author whose latest book I found to be very interesting. I had my Kindle handy and simply ordered the book and had it delivered right then and there to the device. Now that was sweet

NatCh
11-29-2007, 08:11 PM
Connect and other e-book vendors have lowered their prices to more or less match the Kindle prices on books, but the rest of your points are excellent ones. :yes: I'm glad you've got a solution that works for what you need to do. :nice:

rflashman
11-29-2007, 11:00 PM
I also cannot stress how nice it is to be able to manage just about everything from the device. Just the other day I was watching an interview on TV with an author whose latest book I found to be very interesting. I had my Kindle handy and simply ordered the book and had it delivered right then and there to the device. Now that was sweet

That's the key. My Sony Reader is physically nicer, but so what. If i don't use it it does little for me. While the Kindle has me reading way more than I ever read in my Sony, getting content is just too easy/convenient!

pshrynk
04-05-2008, 01:56 PM
That's the key. My Sony Reader is physically nicer, but so what. If i don't use it it does little for me. While the Kindle has me reading way more than I ever read in my Sony, getting content is just too easy/convenient!

No kidding! My OneClick account has melted down since I got the thing on Xmas!:smack:

Rocketime
04-09-2008, 01:58 AM
All the reasons I have ordered a Kindle even though I own a Sony.

Gideon
04-09-2008, 08:15 AM
Same reasons I took my Sony back and got a Kindle.

Content. Content. Content.

Patricia
04-09-2008, 11:26 AM
I suppose that it depends on what sort of reading you like. I like classics, so can get them from PD sources and rather enjoy making them into ebooks. A kindle would be a waste of money for me.

(Plus, if you're not in the USA then the sony or the cybook are the only real options.)
But I'm pleased that you all found a device that meets your requirements.

Gideon
04-09-2008, 11:51 AM
I do mostly academic reading... the Kindle having a good percentage of what I'm looking for at any given time really is what sold me - and I've continued to be impressed as the library continues to grow.

No one else has the books I'm generally buying as ebooks - so there wasn't much choice involved, outside of scanning my own books (which I've done occasionally). The magazines and newspapers are also great. So it is, as you say, about what you're reading.

If I was reading material only in the public domain I'd pick the Sony Reader, hands down.

JSWolf
04-09-2008, 01:25 PM
The breadth of titles available on Amazon, their price, the ease of finding content and purchasing it, the ability to get periodicals/newspapers (I subscribe to Time and the WSJ and love getting it every morning on my Kindle), the ability to lookup word definitions (I didn't think I would use this feature, but I have already used it numerous times), and the ability to highlight and make notes really sets this device apart.

As we have a parrot in the house, I don't think the Kindle could satisfy our need for papers for the floor and cage. Now it would be funny to let Charlie poop on the WSJ on the Kindle. But, we need paper papers and ePapers won't work very well. Pay the same for something we cannot reuse. That's one major downside to the Kindle right there.

Alisa
04-09-2008, 01:55 PM
Luckily it's not mandatory to buy periodicals and there are still more books than the Connect store and usually at a cheaper price. Not really seeing the downside.

=X=
04-09-2008, 02:53 PM
Connect and other e-book vendors have lowered their prices to more or less match the Kindle prices on books...

I wish this where true but this is not so. (I own a SONY)

I've found Kindle is far cheaper than any competitor. Amazon caps most of their books at $9.99, and while SONY does discount most of their books between 10%-30%

I have seen a few cases where SONY is cheaper but, by and by, Amazon's prices are much cheaper than any of their competitors (SONY/Fictionwise/Diesel-books/booksonboard)

astra
04-09-2008, 03:42 PM
Amazon's prices are much cheaper than any of their competitors (SONY/Fictionwise/Diesel-books/booksonboard)

And it will stay like that. Sony cannot compete with Amazon on ebook market.

AnemicOak
04-09-2008, 04:02 PM
Luckily it's not mandatory to buy periodicals and there are still more books than the Connect store and usually at a cheaper price. Not really seeing the downside.
As long as you don't mind the DRM, I'll pay a buck or two more for a book that I can eliminate the DRM on & not be locked to one device. For fiction I'm not sure Amazon really has that many more titles that a majority of folks are looking for. But then I haven't really paid attention to what Sony's store has at the moment.


I wish this where true but this is not so. (I own a SONY)

I've found Kindle is far cheaper than any competitor. Amazon caps most of their books at $9.99, and while SONY does discount most of their books between 10%-30%

I have seen a few cases where SONY is cheaper but, by and by, Amazon's prices are much cheaper than any of their competitors (SONY/Fictionwise/Diesel-books/booksonboard)
The $9.99 'cap' is true for most 'bestsellers' that are coming out as a hardcover equivalent, but from what I've observed they have plenty of books that are within $1 plus of minus of prices elsewhere. Depends on what you're reading.


For me if I had the Kindle I'd still be buying books elsewhere so I wasn't locked into anyone's DRM so I'll stick with my Sony since I already had it. I'm hoping that with more e-ink competitors out there now we'll see some better innovation in the next generation of devices.

Alisa
04-09-2008, 06:32 PM
There are scripts to decript .azw files now.

=X=
04-09-2008, 07:11 PM
The $9.99 'cap' is true for most 'bestsellers' that are coming out as a hardcover equivalent, but from what I've observed they have plenty of books that are within $1 plus of minus of prices elsewhere. Depends on what you're reading.

This is true, Most of the books I read are Financial/Investment books so they are all mostly $15-$60 (Most being in the $40 range)
So the cap does appeal to me as most of the finance books I'm interested in do have a cap. There are some that just do not have any cap and only reduce the price by 15%
Most other competitors only take off 15% tops, sony takes off on an average 30% but that is still much more expensive than amazon.

1/3 of the books I read are leisure and I have found that most stores have competitive in prices in these books. Unfortunately this is not the main reason why I bought a reader


There are scripts to decript .azw files now.

Are these the mobi scripts?

wallcraft
04-09-2008, 07:37 PM
Are these the mobi scripts? See Mobipocket Decoder Tool (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=20341). You may also need kindlepid.py (Amazon Kindle Hack: Read DRM-protected Mobipocket content! (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=17239)) to find your PID. Note that this works on AZW files, but not all Kindle ebooks are in this format.

Alisa
04-09-2008, 08:34 PM
Yep. It doesn't work on .tpz books. So far out of the dozen or so books I've bought, only one is .tpz. I don't know if that's typical or if they're going to start doing more .tpz now, though.

bwit
04-10-2008, 07:50 PM
Yep. It doesn't work on .tpz books. So far out of the dozen or so books I've bought, only one is .tpz. I don't know if that's typical or if they're going to start doing more .tpz now, though.

Do you know what format .tpz is? Which book did you buy that was .tpz? I'm just curious.

Thanks,
Bob

Nate the great
04-10-2008, 08:02 PM
TPZ is also known as Topaz. It's the new DRM format. Most of the Kindle exclusive ebooks are in this format.

DaleDe
04-10-2008, 08:08 PM
TPZ is also known as Topaz. It's the new DRM format. Most of the Kindle exclusive ebooks are in this format.

I suspect it is a lot more than just a DRM format. The data is compressed differently and can also embed fonts. It is a new eBook format developed by Kindle that happens to support DRM. It seems to be derived from the MOBI format and has some features in common like a side file with metadata in it.

Dale

Alisa
04-10-2008, 09:16 PM
Do you know what format .tpz is? Which book did you buy that was .tpz? I'm just curious.

Thanks,
Bob

The book I got was Good Grief by Granger Westberg.

tlrowley
04-29-2008, 04:42 PM
The problem I have with the Topaz format is that it makes page re-draws very slow. I hope this can be solved with firmware, but if it can't, and Amazon makes Topaz the default, I'm going to be a lot less happy with my Kindle.

Tracey