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Old 07-20-2006, 04:26 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by bingle
But then I think "closed platform, fascist Sony format and anti-hacking attitude, and no HTML support!" and I get unhappy.
Pretty solid indications are that the Sony Reader will read anything that the iLiad does without conversion, except HTML that is. So you can probably avoid the "fascist Sony format" entirely if you wish.

I can see that the HTML thing could be a pain, but you ought to be able to convert it to something else, so maybe it would be managable. Unless you need to handle large quantities of HTML stuff, of course.

I think that the hacking attitude may vary from group to group and particularly depending on country, so US vs. Japan may make a difference there. Depends on how much is the corporation's edict, I suppose.

All of that together suggests to me that the Sony Reader is a good deal more open than we all first expected. I'm beginning to think (hope) that they actually learned something from the root-kit and Librie' debacles. (though it seems they could still use some lessons in use of the letter "o" )

What do you do for Sony, BTW? It sounds like they're keeping you as much in the dark as they are the world at large. Discounts are great, but I'd be pushing for information!

For me, I mostly just want to read books. I don't need to take notes, I don't particularly care about the file format (except for not wanting to be trapped, or have to spend huge quantities of time converting), and I don't need anything fancy. Frankly, I think the mp3 function is beyond my interest, unless they decided to support something like Audible.com, for instance. I just want to read, and reduce my library's taking over of my entire home. At any rate, it's not hurting anything.

From that perspective, any of the three readers will work, but Sony's price and hardware quality are edging them in front for me.
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