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Old 01-28-2008, 08:53 AM   #1
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Saw TWO (separate) people using a Reader on the train today. (UK)

I've been a train guard for a few years and I see loads of gadgets through the course of the day. I've seen 100's of DS's & PSP's, Macbooks, lappy's, iPods, Archos etc (and a single, solitary, GP2X, heh). Prior to today I've never seen anyone using a Reader, or indeed any of the other e-ink devices. Today, though, I saw two separate passengers, one with a PRS500, the other with a silver 505 (like mine).

Good to see them knocking about and I'll be pleased when they finally see an official release here - I'd have much preferred to purchase an official UK one as I'm always slightly troubled as to how on earth I'd get my 505 fixed were it to break.

edit: gah, I spelt separate wrong in the title.

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Old 01-28-2008, 10:46 AM   #2
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I've had two separate train conductors on my commuter rail line comment on my 505. They say they've seen the ads on the train and so they're curious to see it in action. They were both pretty impressed. Never seen another passenger (or another person anywhere) with one, but maybe I'm not looking hard enough. Too busy reading, and all.
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I have been using my PRS500 since May on numerous train journeys in the Uk. And no-one has ever expressed or shown any sign of interest!!!
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Old 01-28-2008, 12:44 PM   #4
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I've not yet seen anyone else using a Reader on the train going into London in my direction I'm afraid to say
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Old 01-28-2008, 12:46 PM   #5
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I have been using my PRS500 since May on numerous train journeys in the Uk. And no-one has ever expressed or shown any sign of interest!!!
Do you not think that's just typical "British reserve", though? I mean, we just don't talk to strangers on trains, no matter how interested we may be in what they're doing .
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Old 01-28-2008, 03:29 PM   #6
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Do you not think that's just typical "British reserve", though? I mean, we just don't talk to strangers on trains, no matter how interested we may be in what they're doing .
More than likely. Although, I've not had anyone on my Philadelphia commute ask me about it either. I've seen plenty of sideways glances, watching what I'm doing, and that's always fun.
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Old 01-28-2008, 03:39 PM   #7
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I was reading my 500 on a bench in a mall, waiting for my wife who was in a fabric store and a mid-20s gentleman sat down and asked if it were the new Amazon Kindle. I very gently (and with no umbrage, mind you!) corrected him and showed him what the Sony Reader could do and we discussed the pros and cons of the Kindle, and he seemed very interested.

Previously to that, there had been only one person who asked me about it, and that was last summer at a music camp I teach at for a week at the end of June. And the woman who asked me about it knew how much of a gadget freak I am and wasn't the least surprised by it.

But in general people seem to pay me little or no mind, when I'm using it in public.
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I corrected the thread title for spelling.
If it was an intercity London to Cardiff (or vice versa) then it might have been me that you saw. (tall, pale, very long dark hair.)
I find that people ask about the Reader quite often - about once a week or so. The Brits are not always as reserved as HarryT suggests.
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I corrected the thread title for spelling.
If it was an intercity London to Cardiff (or vice versa) then it might have been me that you saw. (tall, pale, very long dark hair.)
No, it was a bloke on both occasions, on a Manchester to Leeds train. Quite a coincidence seeing two within a couple of hours given I'd never seen one previously.
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On Sunday me and my wife were returned from London on a train.
She was reading on 500 and me on 505....no one asked questions though I believe Harry_T is right, it is a typical British reserve, although I like it a lot
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I've had a few people ask me about it on the tube, which was a surprise!
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I've had a few people ask me about it on the tube, which was a surprise!
Must have been foreign tourists .
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LOL, to my surprise they were both natives, but they did both approach quite hesitantly, one after watching for a few stops
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Old 02-09-2008, 08:39 PM   #15
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I've been using mine (PRS-505) for three months on the tube, and I've got asked only three times: by a (swedish) tourist, by a techie and by a drunk!
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