View Full Version : How long have you had your eink device(s) ?


yvanleterrible
01-24-2008, 05:10 PM
I've just realised that I've had my Sony PRS-500 for more than a year. It was on the fifth of this month last year that this little piece of a jewel came to me through the mail. I dearly thank the anonymous people who allowed me such a joy.

I still use it as much as I used to, am pleased with its performances and plan to use it as long as it will live.:) Of course there is no telling how long that will be but I take utmost care that it will be a long time.:bookworm:

What about you?

Patricia
01-24-2008, 05:24 PM
Since May 2007.
And it has changed my life in a small way. Instead of merely being an avid reader, I now read and convert books, sharing the results here. Definitely a less passive interaction with the texts. I've learned new computer skills and met some interesting people here too, as a result.

vivaldirules
01-24-2008, 06:28 PM
Since May 2007.
And it has changed my life in a small way. Instead of merely being an avid reader, I now read and convert books, sharing the results here. Definitely a less passive interaction with the texts. I've learned new computer skills and met some interesting people here too, as a result.

Your Sony (you, actually) have changed our lives, too, Patricia. 969 and counting. You 'da man! Er...you know what I mean. :bow2:

NatCh
01-24-2008, 06:32 PM
It's been since October of '06 for me. Still use it every day.

I have read a couple-few paper books during that time, but they were stuff I couldn't get anywhere (literally) electronically, so I don't feel too unfaithful. :rolleyes:

RWood
01-24-2008, 07:03 PM
Since November of 2006 so that would be 15 months. I read more than before because it is so easy. I took up book conversion because I'm cheap. :D

Why pay for a poor quality product when you can make your own poor quality product. :rofl:

Over the time I have been a member of this forum I have met a number of great people and even a Texan or two. :beer:

slayda
01-24-2008, 10:51 PM
Since November of 2006 so that would be 15 months. I read more than before because it is so easy. I took up book conversion because I'm cheap. :D

Why pay for a poor quality product when you can make your own poor quality product. :rofl:

Over the time I have been a member of this forum I have met a number of great people and even a Texan or two. :beer:

Hey, Texas is OK. I have cousin living there and in fact lived there when I CO-OPed in college years ago. Not even sure it was a state then.:chinscratch:

Had my PRS-500 since September or October 2006. Been so long I forgot.

montsnmags
01-25-2008, 04:54 AM
HA HA! I BEAT ALL OF YOU! IN YOUR FACE!

I've had my eInk device since....yesterday.

We are going for lowest score wins, right? ;)

Cheers,
Marc

tribble
01-25-2008, 05:11 AM
July 2006

astra
01-25-2008, 05:13 AM
Since 17 January 2007.
Old five-O'-O' was inherited by my wife a few weeks ago. She reads books in Russian on it. I am using five-O'-five from 5 January 2008.

The readers have changed my and my wife's reading habbit.
I am grateful to Sony for introducing eInk to our life.
:2thumbsup

yokos
01-25-2008, 08:37 AM
July 2006
Me too. One of the first buyers of an iLiad. :cool: Still use it every day. :book2::bookworm: I hope it will live long. It will stay in my household even when I will buy a new reader.

yvanleterrible
01-25-2008, 09:32 AM
July 2006Hey tribble I notice you also fiddle with two other devices. How about them?

JSWolf
01-25-2008, 09:55 AM
April 2007 for my 500. October 2007 for my 505.

tribble
01-25-2008, 10:10 AM
Hey tribble I notice you also fiddle with two other devices. How about them?
July 2006 - iLiad V1
September 2007 - iLiad V2
November 2007 - CyBook Gen3

And there ae more to come.

I have to admit, that i am neglecting my iLiad V1 at the moment mostly. But its still working nicely, i just cannot seem to let it go. ;)

rhadin
01-25-2008, 11:04 AM
I received my Sony 505, my first and only ebook-dedicated reader, as a holiday gift, on December 25, 2007, from my wife and children. In one sense, it hasn't changed me at all -- I always was a voracious reader and I did and still do buy, on average, 6-10 hardcover books a month. In another sense, however, it has made a dramatic change in my life. I have severe osteoporosis (one doctor said my bone density is like that of a 105-year-old man) and exercise is an important element in combatting it. Alas, I hate exercise and I'm not the outdoors type -- I much prefer to sit in my recliner and read. Well 2 weeks ago I spent a small fortune on a treadmill and now, because of the Sony, I get 90 minutes of good exercise on the treadmill and actually look forward to doing so. The Sony lets me read while getting the exercise I need. And thanks to Astra's recommendation in another thread for the Verilux light (received it yesterday), I now have a well-lit Sony to read from.

AnemicOak
01-25-2008, 12:30 PM
I bought mine October 18th 2007.

Still love it as much as I did initially. It's not 100% perfect, but what is. I've read 86 books on it so far (vs 3 pbooks) & really have no major complaints.

RWood
01-25-2008, 01:14 PM
The biggest change for me has been the reclaiming of bookshelf space (and the removal of pressure to add more bookshelf space.) I have now cleared three full shelves (~36" each) and several boxes from the basement (of old classics, many thanks to Patricia.)

I still have the two volume Sherlock Holmes collection although it has not been touched since Harry published his omnibus (although it does have the original graphics from the stories that Harry may add someday after the Dickens is complete.)

yvanleterrible
01-25-2008, 02:00 PM
Ironically, I cleared shelf space too... and I build them for a living. Talk about shooting oneself in the foot! :grin:

vivaldirules
01-26-2008, 02:02 PM
I've had my Sony Reader for exactly six months and currently have 268 books and documents on it after having read and removed a few dozen others. I've cleared and donated one shelf of pbooks and replaced them with ebooks, thanks almost entirely to you good people! I have an increasingly long list of ebooks from here that I want to read. I've purchased 29 ebooks from Sony in addition to the 50 free "classics" (which are in no way as good as the ones found here). In the same period, I've purchased only a handful of pbooks compared to about one per week before that. I still have many technical documents (mostly PDFs converted with PDFLRF) on my Reader but I have mostly given up trying to do "real work" on it and will wait to do that on a tablet or some other more capable device later (maybe an iLiad?). I take my Reader everywhere (yes, the bathroom, too) and now read more than ever and at least some every day though it may only be the ten minute walks between my car and office at work. I've tried looking for new ways to use it (maps, grocery lists, to do lists, contacts lists, news articles, puzzles, sheet music, etc.) but have found that it works really well for literature and less well for all these others. And, I have found and love this place and the people here, too. I'm a pretty happy camper. :)

yvanleterrible
01-26-2008, 02:26 PM
... I've tried looking for new ways to use it (maps, grocery lists, to do lists, contacts lists, news articles, puzzles, sheet music, etc.) Intriguing. How do you go about getting legible sheet music. Do you know any way of getting it to reflow? That would be spectacular!

vivaldirules
01-26-2008, 02:41 PM
Intriguing. How do you go about getting legible sheet music. Do you know any way of getting it to reflow? That would be spectacular!

Well, it might be spectacular, but my attempt was to use PDFs from scanned images and then convert with PDFLRF. That was pathetic and I'm surprised I even tried. Play, play, squint, play, squint some more, pause to push button to trun the page, wait for page to turn, squint, play until all hope is lost (about two more seconds). Not sure what the right way to do this might be, but that was not it. I'm just glad no one was listening at the time.:o

vivaldirules
01-26-2008, 03:07 PM
I should say that my attempt with sheet music was almost purely out of curiosity. I go to a fair number of concerts and I'm often surprised that every musician in every orchestra sits dressed in fine attire playing beautiful instruments but each has this preposterous music stand in front of them with large sheets of paper with their music printed on them. They then turn and shuffle these between and during performances. It's seems stunningly archaic. I don't know what the digital alternative might be, but it just seems to me that there ought to be one.

zelda_pinwheel
01-26-2008, 04:08 PM
i just got mine in december 2007, on ebay. since then i have read on it several hours every night and quickly become completely addicted to it.

2 days ago i started to read a paper book for the first time since i got my eb1150, which i bought only because i couldn't find an e version. it's an omnibus edition with 3 novels in it, paperback, almost 600 pages. it's driving me crazy : so heavy ! no possible way to hold it with one hand ! even with BOTH hands i feel like i'm fighting with it sometimes. cheap paper, small type size, printing too close to the binding (and because it's so thick, hard to open it flat enough) ! when i turn on my side (in bed), i have to struggle to keep it open, and turn the pages ! the other half blocks the light from the page i'm trying to read ! and no built-in dictionary when i come to a word i don't know !!

i think i can safely say i'm utterly convinced by the ebook experience. if only all books were available in digital format...

yvanleterrible
01-26-2008, 05:38 PM
I should say that my attempt with sheet music was almost purely out of curiosity. I go to a fair number of concerts and I'm often surprised that every musician in every orchestra sits dressed in fine attire playing beautiful instruments but each has this preposterous music stand in front of them with large sheets of paper with their music printed on them. They then turn and shuffle these between and during performances. It's seems stunningly archaic. I don't know what the digital alternative might be, but it just seems to me that there ought to be one.While browsing on internet I accidentally came to the site of a company(Idon't remember which) making a device for music. It was an LCD cross between a Rocketbook and a tablet with sheet music software onboard. It would be practical with a foot operated page clicker I guess (or a toe operated trackball :grin: ). Unless you are an organist, because it would interfere with the bass pedal.

yvanleterrible
01-26-2008, 06:17 PM
Aaah! I found it again. The MusicPad Pro Plus (http://www.linuxdevices.com/articles/AT9665830722.html). It is quite expensive though, $1200.00. It can have a stand and a footpedal.

Darqref
01-27-2008, 03:16 AM
I should say that my attempt with sheet music was almost purely out of curiosity. I go to a fair number of concerts and I'm often surprised that every musician in every orchestra sits dressed in fine attire playing beautiful instruments but each has this preposterous music stand in front of them with large sheets of paper with their music printed on them. They then turn and shuffle these between and during performances. It's seems stunningly archaic. I don't know what the digital alternative might be, but it just seems to me that there ought to be one.

If you're up for a lot of work I could suggest a method. I use a software package called NoteWorthy Composer. (http://www.noteworthysoftware.com/)

For private, non-commercial purposes, I formatted a bunch of christmas carols for the members of our church. (which involved transposing a couple of them to bring them to a more comfortable range, and then also transposing the whole thing so a trumpet, horn, and sax could play along)

For me, I printed out copies of everything. A few things I ended up printing on legal size paper, so that I could see more music on one page without it falling off the piano. Now, NoteWorthy is a notation system, not a graphic system, so when you change the page size, the notes shown re-flow, but rather than scanning in music you will have to encode it (which ends up taking about as long as re-typing a document of similar page length.)

So, after entering the music, changing the page size to match your screen, and printing the music to PDF format, you could display a perfectly readable score. But I can't help you get the page turn time down.....

Roger

vivaldirules
01-27-2008, 11:25 AM
Cool ideas. The 12" LCD slate is interesting. I see they spent a lot on software development (sarcasm dripping). They let you scan your own sheet music to an image file. Then they reflow it ... er, rather, they reshow it. All for only $1200!

TallMomof2
01-27-2008, 01:35 PM
I've had the Kindle 2 days after it came out and the Iliad in December. So far I prefer the Kindle because it's a little more portable and I've been able to get setup the way I like.