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Old 07-31-2008, 05:13 PM   #31
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You have a device that works for you, I have a device that works for me. Why does it matter to you now? We've made our choices. What are you hoping to take away from the responses? Will you turn in your Sony if the responses don't favor it (be it Kindle or something else)? Can't we all just get along?
It matters to me because I'd like to hope my device has a good future. Kinda natural, I s'pose. For that same reason, I figured others who have a horse in the race might be interested in the same thing. But I understand your point too.
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Old 07-31-2008, 05:20 PM   #32
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I'm waiting for a larger screen device for Adobe DE. The Kindle (and the Sony) are fine for reading novels but for technical material my old eyes need a larger screen. It's not so much a question of font size but how large tables, illustrations, and formulas are rendered on the smaller Kindle/Sony screens. Sure, you should be able to zoom in but I'd like to just to able to see everything without having to take extra steps. If the Iliad supported Adobe DE then I'd be happy. As it is now, I buy technical pbooks.

Actually hope both Amazon and Sony do well since we are the ones who will benefit.
If there's one thing I've learned, there is definitely a need for an ebook reader geared for student, textbooks and technical books....The bigger screen would indeed be usedful here. I hope, tho, that amazon keeps supporting their original. Such a marvel.
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Old 07-31-2008, 05:20 PM   #33
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It matters to me because I'd like to hope my device has a good future. Kinda natural, I s'pose. For that same reason, I figured others who have a horse in the race might be interested in the same thing. But I understand your point too.
I don't think either of us has to worry about the future of our devices for a long time. With Sony's recent update that includes the ability to buy from other book sellers more easily and the Kindle still being a new kid backed by Amazon, I think we both have a lot of reading mileage ahead of us.
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Old 07-31-2008, 05:27 PM   #34
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I already have a Kindle and I'm thinking about getting a Sony...I'm crazy that way. I like the way I can buy books on the Kindle and I like how the Sony looks but I like how the Cybook looks also. I just may end up with several readers. I'm always looking on ebay and searching the flea markets for used readers, apple computers, old ipods and such.
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Old 07-31-2008, 05:34 PM   #35
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I already have a Kindle and I'm thinking about getting a Sony...I'm crazy that way. I like the way I can buy books on the Kindle and I like how the Sony looks but I like how the Cybook looks also. I just may end up with several readers. I'm always looking on ebay and searching the flea markets for used readers, apple computers, old ipods and such.

There ya go! No one reader offers every option, or ever will. So people must decide for themselves which is best. Now, as for looks.......it does look much better in person. Sleek and fits the hand beautifully.
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Old 07-31-2008, 05:38 PM   #36
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I already have a Kindle and I'm thinking about getting a Sony...I'm crazy that way. I like the way I can buy books on the Kindle and I like how the Sony looks but I like how the Cybook looks also. I just may end up with several readers. I'm always looking on ebay and searching the flea markets for used readers, apple computers, old ipods and such.
You know for the 2nd time, while I was out and about this week I tried to find a Sony to look at and maybe (maybe) purchase one (I'm curious and I like toys). I didn't make a special trip but just checked a couple of stores near where I was shopping that I've heard carry it (struck out with 2 Borders stores previously).

Wal-Mart didn't have it. I specifically asked in the electronics department. The guy didn't even know what it was when I said the name. I told him it was an ebook reader and he brought up the Kindle. He had bad info the Kindle (thought it was expensive at $99 ).

Target, didn't have it either.

I'm flying on Sunday, maybe I'll see one of those vending machines in the airport.
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Old 07-31-2008, 06:17 PM   #37
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I don't worry too much about longevity of devices. I mean, if I haven't already replaced it I will someday drop my Sony reader and damage the screen. Isn't that inevitable? Or do you really expect your rechargeable battery to be purring along just fine after five-plus years? I don't. These are not yet "forever" devices. Maybe next year.

Along those lines, I make a point of avoiding device-specific purchases such as books in DRM'd LRF. Never know when I'll want or need to read on something else.
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Old 07-31-2008, 06:32 PM   #38
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Please do not misuse the term eReader. It only causes confusion and leads to people purchasing eReader format eBooks for devices that do not support eReader format.

eReader does not mean electronic reader. eReader actually an eBook format and software to read said format.
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Old 07-31-2008, 06:39 PM   #39
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Please do not misuse the term eReader. It only causes confusion and leads to people purchasing eReader format eBooks for devices that do not support eReader format.

eReader does not mean electronic reader. eReader actually an eBook format and software to read said format.
I don't think anyone will be confused based on the context in which the word is used. It makes more sense for it to refer to a device that reads ebooks than a format.
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I like playing with cameras (I don't have the audicity to say I'm a photographers). In this area, there are continuous debates of Canon vs Nikon. There isn't a winner between the two as there isn't a universal "better" one. Ultimately it is about which one means you will take more pictures. Everyone will have their own preferences based on what, where and how they read.

I don't want to see one win, since it means there will be competion and innovation. Why, well, as daffy4u said earlier, this means the winner is:
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Hopefully the ultimate answer is... the consumer.
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Old 08-01-2008, 06:31 AM   #41
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i hope both will be around for a long time, personally. competition is good. I'm currently extremely happy with my Sony, and I think both readers do a good job and have distinct features.
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Old 08-01-2008, 12:46 PM   #42
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Sony isn't compatible with Mac - that leaves out a large and growing market and will limit Sony's appeal. I switched to Mac from PC and will never go back. I'm not alone!
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The PRS-505 works just fine with Mac. It uses standard USB mass storage interface.
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Sony isn't compatible with Mac - that leaves out a large and growing market and will limit Sony's appeal. I switched to Mac from PC and will never go back. I'm not alone!
The Kindle has no desktop software whatsoever. But the Sony 505 can use Adobe DE 1.5. I thought there was a version of DE for the Mac.
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The Kindle has no desktop software whatsoever. But the Sony 505 can use Adobe DE 1.5. I thought there was a version of DE for the Mac.
Great point. The latest firmware may have solved that problem for PDF and ePUB at least but not for the other formats. Calibre solves it for the other formats and may soon have a ePUB solution as well.

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