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Old 06-08-2008, 03:33 AM   #1
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Another fence-sitter jumps...

Title says it all really; I've been sitting on the fence for far too long regarding an e-ink reader, for all the usual reasons - my PDA's really good enough, there's something better just around the corner, price, availability, will the Sony or Kindle come to the UK later this year, will Apple produce a reader that hooks up to iTunes - but basically I'm just tired of waiting.

So I've ordered a Cybook; I figure now the updated version is out, it's a mature enough platform just to be able to buy and use (i.e. the early adopters have done the fine-tuning for me - thanks!) and I'm generally pretty happy with Mobipocket - I logged in to my account today for the first time in probably 8 months or so, and all my previously bought books are there, including a few I'd forgotten about. I'm not interested in reading PDFs on a small screen, so any problems therein are a non-issue for me.

I bought the Cybook direct from Bookeen and I paid £280-odd for the Cybook and cover, delivered; I know I could have taken advantage of the cheap dollar and bought one from the US, but I reckoned the savings involved are pretty modest when compared to a full warranty you get from buying direct.

So anyway, that's my reasoning. Let you know how I get on when it arrived in a couple of weeks.

Cheers, Pete.
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Old 06-08-2008, 10:07 AM   #2
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Congratulations. The Cybook certainly looks like an excellent choice. Since I'm fortunate enough to live in the USA, I had more choices available and I also chose a MobiPocket-based eBook reader. I'm so impressed at the extensive list of books available just from here at MobileRead. And even more are available from Feedbooks, ManyBooks, and Munsey's.
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Old 06-08-2008, 10:19 AM   #3
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excellent avatar, pete. and congratulations on your choice. that will probably be my own e-ink choice in a (hopefully) not-too-distant future, although i am also keeping a close eye on the Astak devices and the as-yet still in developpment ETI e-ink version (decisions, decisions !).

first though i want to amortise the (non e-ink) device i only just recently bought, to test the water so to speak before jumping with both feet. i do love it quite a lot despite its shortcomings, so it's not too painful a wait.
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Old 06-08-2008, 02:50 PM   #4
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Thank you. I've been happily using a PDA (Palm, then iPaq) for my eBooks for some time, but I really wanted an e-ink device for my summer hols this year, so I was on a schedule!

I'm also very interested in what Astak are doing, but I don't believe there's any way they'll get it together in time for my hols at the end of July. I also wanted a relatively mature platform - I don't want to have problems when I'm away on a very remote Greek island! And of course, I want time to iron out any workflow and err... 'pilot error' issues I may come across.

So anyway, I think it's the best choice for me right now - and if the Cybook doesn't work out for whatever reason, I'm pretty sure I'll be able to move it along without too much trouble - though probably not until after my holidays...

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Wow...

Quick update - just had an email from Fedex telling me my Cybook is due to be shipped on September 6th - what?

Then the penny dropped - 6/9/08 means it shipped today, or 9/6/08 as we call it here in England...

According to Fedex I should have it tomorrow, before noon.

Wow, indeed.
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Quick update - just had an email from Fedex telling me my Cybook is due to be shipped on September 6th - what?

Then the penny dropped - 6/9/08 means it shipped today, or 9/6/08 as we call it here in England...

According to Fedex I should have it tomorrow, before noon.

Wow, indeed.
Aye, some parts of the world don't know what day of the month it is, sometimes...
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lucky you....
Better to be lucky than good, sometimes..

Now, I wonder if I'll get my cover at the same time...
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