I just have to write about my experience with my Sony PRS-600. Up till about a month ago, I had no interest in e-readers. I love to read and I usually just buy my books online, or at the local bookshop. The result of all this was that I was running out of space at home to keep my books! My current bookshelf is overflowing and we just have no space for another bookshelf.
A friend of mine suggested looking at a Kindle. Now, I had heard about the Kindle before, but paid no attention to it. But considering that my birthday was (is) coming up (1st of April) and hubby was still undecided as to what to get me, I suggested he look at e-readers. He did, and got back to me saying that it's too hard to decide what to get and there are too many issues with formats and there isn't much of a market for it in Australia.
So I did some research of my own. And my goodness, I discovered how HUGE ebooks are! I had no idea! And I also discovered how many e-readers there are out there to choose from. I liked the Kindle a lot but also fell in love with the Sony Readers. I think I must have looked at every reader that is out there and it was so hard to choose which one to get.
How did I decide? Mobile Read Forums of course! Every search that I did on Google led me to these forums. I must have read countless threads and people's experiences with their readers and I finally decided on my Sony.
It was one that seemed middle-range and was at a reasonable price.
And it's the best decision I made! I got my reader last week, after ordering it from the US. It took only a week to get here. I'm already addicted to it. I love browsing all the different sites that we can get books from, both paid and free. And of course, the books here at MR are awesome!
And to my great surprise, I found today that my local library has e-books for loan! I'm surprised because e-books in Australia are not really that big but for my local library to have it is awesome!
My hubby also surprised me with a wedding anniversary present (falls on the 7th of April) - an Oberon case for the reader.
He ordered it on the 24th of March and I received an email from Oberon saying that my order is already on it's way!
I haven't received it yet, but am looking forward to it! Will post pics when I do get it
My e-reader has really changed the way I read. I used to be such a traditionalist but it has taken me just a few hours with the e-reader to be converted! It really is a revolutionary new way to read. And I hope that it really takes off in Australia. I don't mind buying books from the US, but Australia should really get it's act together and move forward!
There you go, my journey to getting an e-reader and my experience so far. I would love to hear how the rest of you got your first e-readers and your experiences so far. And a big THANK YOU to MR for helping me out along the way, and still helping me out. You guys are the best!