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Old 08-05-2007, 09:34 PM   #1
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Smile Sony Reader reviewed in Washington Post 5 August 2007

Tote a Small Library to the Beach
By Mike Musgrove
Sunday, August 5, 2007; Page F01
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...10.html?sub=AR
You have to register with the Post to see the article. I am not going to paste the review here because of copyright concerns.

It's a fairly shallow review. He discusses the battery life, the screen, Connect store, some current history of ebook publishing, and a few quotes. It's a shame he didn't find this forum.

I am writing an email to him right now inviting him to this forum and offering our assistance in case he decides to write a follow up review. I will also ask if he can post the review here.
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Old 08-05-2007, 10:17 PM   #2
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Nate, you forget that for the Washington Post that passes for "extensive research and analysis." They are nowhere near the paper they were in the Watergate era.
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Nate, you forget that for the Washington Post that passes for "extensive research and analysis." They are nowhere near the paper they were in the Watergate era.
Yeah, it is pathetic, isn't it? and he's supposedly the technology columnist.
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Link to cleaner, printable version: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...400110_pf.html
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Old 08-06-2007, 02:19 PM   #5
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The article's okay... remember, it's targeted at the casual Washington Post reader (one that will make it to section F, at any rate), not a technophile, and it does a reasonable job for that audience in that:
  • It uses mainstream lit phrases like Stephen King, Freakonomics and Harry Potter;
  • It compares the reader to the iPod;
  • He points out that e-books are looked down upon by the industry (but without bashing them);
  • He mentions that publishers say they want in (though not why they've been so slow at it);
  • He suggests e-books are good for space-saving, if not budget-saving; and
  • He doesn't scare anyone away with phrases like "incompatible," "DRM," and "operating system."

Points off, IMO, for actually saying "dead-tree". That'll only piss shelf-stuffed book-lovers off and polarize the audience. Other than that, nice and harmless.

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Old 08-06-2007, 10:05 PM   #6
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For the Post it's a Big Spread

As a full time subscriber to the Wash Post I thought it was one of their bigger articles on new devices. They even had graphics. And.. more often than not the Post has very negative comments about devices. So the reader "did good"

BTW: I saw a mention of the Sony Credit Card Deal on one of the web sites devoted to bargain hunting: DealNews

I think the Sony marketing folks are getting traction.
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