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Old 03-16-2008, 06:59 AM   #1
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hello from hong kong!

Been lurking for a while and thought I'd join! There is so much useful information available here. Thanks to everyone who posted!

Being in Hong Kong I ordered a sony 505 reader off B&H photo and have had it for almost a month. Now I waste even more time reading than I usually do The main reason I got it was because I don't have any shelf space left, and now that I'm looking into new books more I just end up buying the ones I can't find in paperback. So much for that plan!

Anyway - I'm rambling - thanks for all the helpful information and I hope I can (someday) help, too!
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Old 03-16-2008, 08:07 AM   #2
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Welcome carpetfish!

In fact, many of us on the other side of the ocean would love to hear more comments about the e-book market in Asia, which we know is significantly different than it is in the west. Your lack of shelf space, for instance, is much more of a problem there than it is in America, say. But as housing prices go up here, that may not be the case forever!
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Hi carpetfish and welcome to the Forum. I got my 505, in part, for shelf space reasons too. But like you I now waste more time reading. Hmmm, never thought I'd say 'waste' and 'reading' in the same sentence.
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Welcome Carpetfish

I actually have a question. Do you think readers with chinese function will work? I haven't seen much chinese ebooks around.


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Hmmm, never thought I'd say 'waste' and 'reading' in the same sentence.
Depends on what you're reading =D
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Old 03-17-2008, 06:23 AM   #5
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Thanks for the welcomes!

cassidym and spirits: Also depends on what you're NOT reading (eg. textbooks, lecture notes, piles and piles of them) when you're reading ebooks

I have no idea! I looked into the Hanlin and other chinese readers while I was researching but it turned out that it would actually cost more to order one of those practically locally than to have a Sony shipped over from the US (why? no idea.)

My chinese is atrocious and I don't really do much Chinese reading at all (just newspapers, enough to get by) so it wasn't a concern for me.

I think the shelf space problem is definitely going to be much worse in HK, but then again I rarely see people reading for pleasure over here - too busy, too much work, too tired, etc. Might be a product of the hectic lifestyle or that people just weren't brought up to read for pleasure... (I was living in Australia at the age of 5, and that's when I learned to read and subsequently got hooked...)
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