Register Guidelines E-Books Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Go Back   MobileRead Forums > E-Book Readers > Which one should I buy?

Notices

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 08-31-2007, 08:29 AM   #1
Kilarney
Connoisseur
Kilarney doesn't litterKilarney doesn't litter
 
Posts: 84
Karma: 100
Join Date: Aug 2007
Device: Sony Reader PRS-500
Cybook vs. Sony Reader

My Sony Reader is scheduled to arrive next week. I bought it using the Sony Card promotion.

I'm still having a hard time deciding between the Sony Reader and the Bookeen Cybook Gen 3. I'm thinking of selling the Sony Reader on Ebay, and rolling that into the purchase of a Cybook.

Here is the way I see it:
Pros for Sony:
1) A lot of user support, resulting in some great tools.
2) A proven reader that's been out for over a year.
Pros for Cybook:
1) Next-gen technology including Viziplex
2) Mobipocket (I've got more faith in Amazon's venture than I do in Sony's.)

Am I just craving the latest "gadget," or do people think that it's worth paying the extra $$$ for a Cybook?
Kilarney is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2007, 09:03 AM   #2
JSWolf
Resident Curmudgeon
JSWolf ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JSWolf ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JSWolf ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JSWolf ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JSWolf ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JSWolf ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JSWolf ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JSWolf ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JSWolf ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JSWolf ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JSWolf ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
JSWolf's Avatar
 
Posts: 36,231
Karma: 17169472
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Roslindale, Massachusetts
Device: Sony Reader PRS-650, iPad, nook STR
Just craving for sure. If you have a Sony, the Gen3 really isn't all that much of a step up. And Sony have stated that they will be supporting Digital Editions. No such word yet from Cybook. Besides, you can always buy a Cybook later on if you want and keep the Sony for now.
JSWolf is online now   Reply With Quote
 
Enthusiast
Old 08-31-2007, 09:13 AM   #3
Kilarney
Connoisseur
Kilarney doesn't litterKilarney doesn't litter
 
Posts: 84
Karma: 100
Join Date: Aug 2007
Device: Sony Reader PRS-500
That's actually a good point. I can hang onto my $60 Sony for a while, and spend the extra $$$ for a new reader when there is a bigger difference. If I bought the $350 Cybook, I'd just want the next $350 machine to come out in a few months.

I think I'll enjoy the Sony for a couple of years and then upgrade. No doubt the improvements by then will be more substantial. We also should have a better idea of who will win the format wars by then.
Kilarney is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2007, 03:02 PM   #4
Lemurion
eReader
Lemurion ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Lemurion ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Lemurion ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Lemurion ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Lemurion ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Lemurion ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Lemurion ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Lemurion ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Lemurion ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Lemurion ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Lemurion ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Lemurion's Avatar
 
Posts: 2,575
Karma: 4215144
Join Date: Aug 2007
Device: iPhone 3GS; Kindle 4 (Black); Nook HD+
I don't have much in the way of hopes for Adobe Digital Editions. If they're anything like PDF I think they'll be a pretty much useless format for eBooks, at least in my opinion. PDF is good for two things, printing and protection. I don't much care for protection, and most eBooks have restrictions against printing.

It's a combination that makes Adobe a non-starter as far as I'm concerned. A document that doesn't reflow properly and you can't print isn't going to work for me.

Having said that, I'd stick with the Sony until you can get something that's a real improvement, more than just the Gen3.
Lemurion is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2007, 04:20 PM   #5
RWood
Technogeezer
RWood ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.RWood ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.RWood ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.RWood ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.RWood ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.RWood ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.RWood ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.RWood ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.RWood ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.RWood ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.RWood ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
RWood's Avatar
 
Posts: 7,233
Karma: 1596436
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Virginia, USA
Device: Sony PRS-500
I, on the other hand, do have great hopes for what Digital Editions can become. Adobe has shown that it can be a market leader and can follow when the market turns in ways that Adobe does not have a product that supports it.

PDF established the concept of a formatted document that would work cross platform. Their type and graphic tools are the industry leaders.

By all measurements the current ebook market is small. It will grow larger, much larger. DE has a good chance of capturing a large part of that future market. Adobe has shown that they take security seriously and they are trusted by the industry to produce secure documents. If they implement a DRM scheme in DE that not bound to Sony Corporate many booksellers will start to offer Sony ebooks.

In theory DE is device independent so support can be added for the Cybook in the future. Depending upon how open the system is perhaps even 3rd party support for DE will be available.
RWood is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2007, 04:39 PM   #6
wallcraft
reader
wallcraft ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.wallcraft ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.wallcraft ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.wallcraft ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.wallcraft ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.wallcraft ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.wallcraft ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.wallcraft ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.wallcraft ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.wallcraft ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.wallcraft ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
wallcraft's Avatar
 
Posts: 6,979
Karma: 5183568
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Mississippi, USA
Device: Kindle 3 and Fire
DE provides legacy support for Adobe's old DRMed PDF's, but its interesting capability is support for the new .epub format. This is reflowable, and is the next generation beyond .oeb (which is the basis for .mobi and .LIT). So far as I know, DE only supports .epub without DRM at present, see Digital Editions XHTML samples. These are currently only readable via DE or the very latest version of FBReader.
wallcraft is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
64 bit vista + sony reader/cybook? hapax legomenon Which one should I buy? 25 01-19-2009 09:35 PM
Cybook Gen3 vs. Sony Reader 505 pawel_z_wrocka Which one should I buy? 3 04-28-2008 09:03 AM
sony reader vs cybook warranty. Please vote! crazyTash Which one should I buy? 11 02-07-2008 09:41 AM
sony reader, cybook, or iliad reader , help plz waddragon Which one should I buy? 1 02-03-2008 12:25 PM
Reconsidering Cybook vs. Sony Reader dcalder Which one should I buy? 72 01-04-2008 01:59 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:59 AM.


MobileRead.com is a privately owned, operated and funded community.