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Old 07-02-2007, 08:53 PM   #1
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It's Decided: The Sony Reader, Almost

After months of lurking in various forums, scanning tech blogs, considering my requirements, and finally asking a few questions here, I have reached a consensus between 3 of my 7 perosnalities (2 obstaining, 1 for staying with paper, and 1 in favor of going back to clay and stylus). I have settled on the Sony Reader. As a consesion to one of the obstaining personalities, I have decided to hold out a bit longer in hopes that the Sony Reader will soon be available with the Vizplex®™ upgrade.

I decided on the Sony Reader mainly because of its availability. I understand that it can be purchased at several chain electronics stores such as Best Buy, and it can be ordered direct from Sony with some attractive incentives. I further assume that since it has achived early and widespread acceptance by this and other communities, that there is a wealth of "home-grown" support for the device.

Since this decision isn't final untill I hit the "order" button, or sign the receipt at the local electronics store, I might change one or more of my minds. If the Bookeen becomes individually available* before the Sony upgrades to Vizplex®™, or if the NUUT makes it to US shores, I may have a whole new internal debate to deal with

*despite the obvious merits of owning several such devices, 200 units is more than even someone of my myriad and assorted personifications could utilize.

For those slower thinkers in the audience, or those not blessed with a multi-threaded thought proccess, this post is a final plea for dissenting opinion. A final chance for all of you salient and erudite dilettantes to talk a sorid neophyte off the ledge before he (they) make the ultimate, and irrevocable plunge into e-book obsurity.

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Old 07-02-2007, 09:21 PM   #2
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Since it was almost a year between the announcement of the Sony Reader and the first retail sales of the Sony Reader and given that there has been no announcement of a subsequent version of the Sony Reader, I would not expect a new version in the near future (defined as this summer and fall.)

There are stories of a second firmware update coming in the next month or so for the existing unit. Since the basic functions are well established it seems the major purpose of the update is to fix problems from the last update (such as the battery meter) and perhaps to add additional functionality (hopefully) such as collections on the add-in memory card and maybe to extend the useful range of SD cards beyond 2 GB. Adobe Digital Editions has recently been released for a Windows environment and they say a Linux version should be in beta by the end of the year. I would be surprised if that was in the next update if the stated timing is correct.

There have been changes in the Sony CONNECT store organization and the book group seems to be the only one surviving. They have been adding additional ebooks since the beginning but they still have a problem in setting some of their prices at or below Amazon for the same titles.

Therefore I don't see an advantage for Sony to release a new version of the Reader at this time. Once more of the support pieces are in place and their engineers have something more to offer than just a Vizplex enhancement we might see a new version.
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Old 07-02-2007, 09:51 PM   #3
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After months of lurking in various forums, scanning tech blogs, considering my requirements, and finally asking a few questions here, I have reached a consensus between 3 of my 7 perosnalities (2 obstaining, 1 for staying with paper, and 1 in favor of going back to clay and stylus). I have settled on the Sony Reader. As a consesion to one of the obstaining personalities, I have decided to hold out a bit longer in hopes that the Sony Reader will soon be available with the Vizplex®™ upgrade.
You might be able to buy a Bookeen Cybook by either September or October from NAEB. It looks like they will be the first to sell them. Here is their website:

www.naebllc.com

I know, the name is odd.
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Old 07-02-2007, 10:53 PM   #4
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The NUUT does not seem like it'll make it if it ever hits the US. I just don't see it. The Cybook might be good. But it's not out yet. So no way to be sure. The Sony however has support. Very good support. There are good tools to get content onto the Sony. True, it's not the new screen, but from what we've been told, the Cybook won't have the newest screen either on roll out. So you get a Cybook and still wont get the new screen.
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Old 07-03-2007, 08:42 AM   #5
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True, it's not the new screen, but from what we've been told, the Cybook won't have the newest screen either on roll out.
I ... don't think that's correct, JSWolf. From what we're hearing from the NAEB folks, waiting for the new Vizplex (did I spell it right this time, yvanleterrible?) screen is a large part of what's holding up the Cybook at the moment.

Unless ... I missed something somehere?
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Old 07-03-2007, 10:24 AM   #6
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I ... don't think that's correct, JSWolf. From what we're hearing from the NAEB folks, waiting for the new Vizplex (did I spell it right this time, yvanleterrible?) screen is a large part of what's holding up the Cybook at the moment.

Unless ... I missed something somehere?
If I am remembering what I read correctly, the initial screens are not going to have the proper number of bits that they wanted initially and will be rolled out when they can be supported (or something like that).
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Old 07-03-2007, 11:28 AM   #7
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The Sony however has support. Very good support.
Really? Where? They only got a phonenumber listed for the sony reader, and it's not even a working number.... or are you talking about unofficial support?
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Old 07-12-2007, 11:39 AM   #8
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Really? Where? They only got a phone number listed for the sony reader, and it's not even a working number.... or are you talking about unofficial support?
1-866-962-7669 — that is the number I just got off of the SonyStyle website for direct customer care. Good Luck!
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Old 07-18-2007, 10:55 PM   #9
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People from bookeen told me that the Cybook will be available
by septembre or with luck mid/late-august on their website.
And it WILL include a Vizplex screen for SURE!!!

Once more it will certainly bring support for Mobipocket which is
a great lack of the Sony reader.

Do like me, buy a dozen of pocket books and wait a bit!

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Old 07-19-2007, 12:52 AM   #10
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People from bookeen told me that the Cybook will be available
by septembre or with luck mid/late-august on their website.
And it WILL include a Vizplex screen for SURE!!!

Once more it will certainly bring support for Mobipocket which is
a great lack of the Sony reader.

Do you like, buy a dozen of pocket books and wait a bit!
Actually, what I do when I buy books is buy them in LIT format and convert to LRF via Book Designer. I could and would do the same thing if Sony supporte Mobipocket. So to me, it makes no difference as to MobiPocket or BbeB (LRF) as I'd do the same thing anyway. And this way, I have DRM free books that I can convert if I was to someday buy another reader that supported Mobipocket. I'd be able to keep most of my purchased books (except for my purchased LRF books).
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People from bookeen told me that the Cybook will be available
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And it WILL include a Vizplex screen for SURE!!!
Let's wait and see. These delivery dates have a habit of slipping. I remember it being "promised" for May!

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It may be useful for some, but the Sony BBeB format will do things which the Mobipocket format (AFAIK) will not, such as allow the embedding of fonts. Eg, I use my Reader to read texts in ancient Greek, using a suitable font embedded in the document. Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't believe I could do that with Mobipocket?

All of these things have their pros and cons.
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Then you *might* want to wait...

As I can firmly state that the Bookeen device will support uploading/use of custom TrueType fonts.

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Let's wait and see. These delivery dates have a habit of slipping. I remember it being "promised" for May!



It may be useful for some, but the Sony BBeB format will do things which the Mobipocket format (AFAIK) will not, such as allow the embedding of fonts. Eg, I use my Reader to read texts in ancient Greek, using a suitable font embedded in the document. Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't believe I could do that with Mobipocket?

All of these things have their pros and cons.
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