Originally Posted by pruss
...found nothing on search facilities...
Yes, that's right. There are two navigation helps that would have been really nice on the reader. First is word/phrase search (but how would you do that without a keyboard or touchscreen?) and the second is direct page number entry to go to a specific page. The number buttons are already there, so I can't figure out why they would not have included that. There aren't many things that make me shake my head about the Sony design, but this one just seems "stupid". There must be some kind of issue because certainly it can't really be an oversight, can it? Gizmodo put it well... "WTF!"
But back to the search, apparently you can search books on the desktop. I know that's a small consolation, but it might still be useful. When we get the software, we'll have to check whether or not the page nbrs translate to the reader so we can get to a specific page faster that way.
For me this matters also, but for maybe an unusual reason - I would like to be able to read the same book on dual platforms in parallel. E.g. read the Sony Reader during the day, and read on my pda at night. I've done something like that before between paper and pda, and it's not too bad. But without search capability, and with the slow page turns, I wouldn't be able to practically find my place again if I read on another devices.
Remembering the main purpose and focus of the Sony Reader, however, it's all about reading a book on it cover to cover. It does that great, plus a few tricks in addition. So it will become an individual decision for people that want to do more. It's not going to be perfect for everyone. E.g. the iLiad is still impressive with it's larger touch screen. Something like a UMPC or LCD book reader or pda/smartphone will still be a good choice for people wanting a backlight.
But the Sony Reader is really neat, and how can you not love that e-ink screen! ;-)