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Old 12-08-2007, 12:21 PM   #16
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I had my PRS505 for 3 days now. I was considering the Kindle and Sony. I love the look of the Sony more but what made me decide to go with Sony is my favorite author. I searched for his books for the Kindle and there was only 3 available, while the Connect Store had 22 of his books. His name is Dean Koontz. I can't believe Amazon only has 3 Koontz books available when he is so popular. But most of all I could not believe how many more books of his at the Connect store! I already downloaded 14 of them, 3 where offered as a bundle!
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Old 12-08-2007, 12:46 PM   #17
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Lilly, that's a very good reason to choose one reader over another. The best reason of all (availability of content).
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Old 12-15-2007, 12:15 PM   #18
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In the past two weeks, Sony's total ebook offerings have increased by 7% to just under 27,000 titles with the largest gains in the categories of science and nature (up 24%) and education and reference (up 18%). The direction is good but Sony is still a tremendously long way from making every book available as an ebook - or even just catching up to Amazon. Let's pick up the pace, please!
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Old 12-17-2007, 05:12 PM   #19
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Lilly, that's a very good reason to choose one reader over another. The best reason of all (availability of content).
Thats the reason I finally decided to go ebook. I waited like 3 months and kept on searching for books I wanted to read and found out whether they were:
1. Avail from sony connect
2. Public domain and avail in the upload section
3. Avail in msreader lit format and therefore convertible
4. Available elsewhere(bt)

I now have the prs-505 and I read "all" my books on it. I have used all the above to get content on it. Fortunately of unfortunately I use option 4 above when alll else fails.

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Old 12-18-2007, 09:10 AM   #20
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The Kindle's impact on Sony will all depend on how committed Sony is to this product line. This is basically a format war. Kindle books can't be loaded on a Sony reader, and vice versa (for now). So its like HD-DVD and Blu-Ray. We've seen Sony go to great lengths to try and assure the success of Blu-Ray. If they go to the same lengths here, I think we'll see large increases in the availability of content. I hope so any way, since I JUST ordered my 505. I'd hate to see the Kindle wipe it out.
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Old 12-18-2007, 10:56 AM   #21
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I keep thinking Sony and Borders books will come together and sell media for the Sony player


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In the past two weeks, Sony's total ebook offerings have increased by 7% to just under 27,000 titles with the largest gains in the categories of science and nature (up 24%) and education and reference (up 18%). The direction is good but Sony is still a tremendously long way from making every book available as an ebook - or even just catching up to Amazon. Let's pick up the pace, please!
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Old 12-18-2007, 11:12 AM   #22
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I keep thinking Sony and Borders books will come together and sell media for the Sony player
That's the plan, we hear, but I don't think we know when it will happen. I'm hoping early 2008.
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Old 12-18-2007, 12:56 PM   #23
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That's the plan, we hear, but I don't think we know when it will happen. I'm hoping early 2008.
It's supposed to be 1Q 2008. That's also when Borders is supposed to start opening their new store concept, as well. The new stores are intended to blend the best of B&M with the digital media. They specifically mention buying and downloading digital music, as well as having "mix-and-burn" music kiosks. I'm hoping it will include the new Sony-Borders e-book line of content.

By the way. Has anyone else noticed that Sony seems to be putting a lot more emphasis on the "...and your PC" part of "The eBook Store for Sony's Reader and Your PC"? I think they've identified having a desktop-/laptop-based reader as a marketing edge.
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Old 12-18-2007, 03:26 PM   #24
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By the way. Has anyone else noticed that Sony seems to be putting a lot more emphasis on the "...and your PC" part of "The eBook Store for Sony's Reader and Your PC"? I think they've identified having a desktop-/laptop-based reader as a marketing edge.
I had not noticed that. I wonder if they are suggesting that their Connect software (whatever it's called now) is great for your desktop PC. IMHO, it certainly is not, unless there is a full screen mode with better navigating than what I've seen.

I'm wondering (perhaps it's just pointless hoping) that it's an allusion to Adobe Editions which we know they're supposedly supporting on the Reader sometime in the future. Adobe Editions is a much better platform for reading on a desktop than the Connect software.

Okay, I just now have two answers: The latest software version has been renamed eBook Library instead of Connect. And this latest version (not sure I've updated mine) has a full-screen double-pane mode that looks a lot better than before.

Still wish Adobe Editions support would come soon.
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Old 12-18-2007, 03:45 PM   #25
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The double page, full screen display was available in the last version of the ConnSoft, too.

Perhaps they're emphasizing the "Your PC" part because they want to head off some of the complaint calls they get from non-windows users? :shru:
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perhaps for some people, spending a few $ to let someone else do the work is money well spent.
I have been explaining to some people how easy it is to reformat a PG book using a few simple regular expressions in Vim and they ran away screaming before I got to the juicier parts.
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I keep thinking Sony and Borders books will come together and sell media for the Sony player
Borders has a new beta version of their online store:
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thanks for the link, though many of the features aren't working yet it looks good
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I couldn't find any link for ebooks, and when I did a search for "ebook" all that came up were paper books about epublishing.
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I couldn't find any link for ebooks, and when I did a search for "ebook" all that came up were paper books about epublishing.
The link to this beta site has been available since mid-Sept and I'm hoping to see it fully operational sometime in 2008 - hopefully early.
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