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Old 01-22-2009, 02:53 PM   #61
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Not for me personally, I really like my 505 ... However I have been very tempted to buy the kindle, but only to have access to their ebook selection and prices.
That's been a driving interest for me too, but I keep telling myself I'm already way behind in my reading with a bunch of unread but purchased books; the $400 pricetag would pay the price difference for a lot of slightly more expensive sony and/or microsoft ebooks; and finally, as a Canadian, the kindle wouldn't reach it's full potential without whispernet. If I lived in the states, I might get it anyway since I'm addicted to wikipedia.

I have a bunch of older legacy readers (REB, GEB, EBW, etc) that I could theoretically fall back on if my unit broke, but after 3 years of eink, I think I'd probably just show up at the local sony store within the hour and buy a replacement.
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Old 01-24-2009, 04:12 AM   #63
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Quite frankly I would actually like to physically see an eBook reader on sale in a shop in the UK at a price I can sensibly afford.

In fact I would actually like to see an eBook reader in a shop! (you know, those places you used to go and buy things in before the recession)

I cannot believe that anyone in their right mind is going to pay £200 plus in order to read a book that can be borrowed from the public library for nothing.
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Old 01-24-2009, 04:47 AM   #64
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Old 01-24-2009, 04:50 AM   #65
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Quite frankly I would actually like to physically see an eBook reader on sale in a shop in the UK at a price I can sensibly afford.

In fact I would actually like to see an eBook reader in a shop! (you know, those places you used to go and buy things in before the recession)

I cannot believe that anyone in their right mind is going to pay £200 plus in order to read a book that can be borrowed from the public library for nothing.
You assume my public library has the books I want to read. Which it doesn't. Also, I like to own books, so I can read them whenever I want to, not whenever I have time to go the library and actually am able to find the book.
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I cannot believe that anyone in their right mind is going to pay £200 plus in order to read a book that can be borrowed from the public library for nothing.
That's assuming that:

a. You can get to the public library (distance, disability, or operating hours can hinder this)
b. The public library has the book you want to read (sometimes they don't have it at all, or the only copy has been lost, or the waiting list is months long)
c. The public library has the book in a format that you can read (only has it in regular print if you need large print or audio, or only has it as an audiobook if you are deaf or hard of hearing)

I think it's amazing that I now have access to thousands of large print books without having to worry about weather or transportation.
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Old 01-24-2009, 10:49 AM   #68
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Are You Ever Tempted to Buy Multiple Readers?
Hardly ever.

Definitely not more than 15 times a week ;-)

I own the very first generation of e-ink readers - Sony PRS500.
At the moment I am fancying something with at least a second generation of e-ink. The problem is my reader functions very, very well for what I need - reading fiction.

A friend of nine was prepared to bring PRS700 for me from USA, but when it finally came out and when I found out that the display would not be a significant upgrade over my PRS500 I canceled the whole logistically very demanding operation.

At the moment I am in love with about 10 existing or perspective readers.
The hottest candidate for my second reader at the moment is
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Old 01-24-2009, 10:53 AM   #69
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I cannot believe that anyone in their right mind is going to pay £200 plus in order to read a book that can be borrowed from the public library for nothing.
You really should be careful about insulting the majority of people on this forum. Either your belief system is skewed or the majority of people on this forum are not in their right minds. I am pretty sure it is the former.

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Old 01-24-2009, 10:55 AM   #70
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At the moment I am in love with about 10 existing or perspective readers.
The hottest candidate for my second reader at the moment is
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Wizpac txtr reader
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hey kacir, i think the w3c deprecated the "drool" tag, for accessibility reasons. it was shorting out too many keyboards and people couldn't access the web at all then.
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Old 01-24-2009, 10:57 AM   #71
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hey kacir, i think the w3c deprecated the "drool" tag, for accessibility reasons. it was shorting out too many keyboards and people couldn't access the web at all then.
Perhaps that is XML and he has an XSLT to transform the drool tag into some type of special font or graphic.

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Old 01-24-2009, 10:58 AM   #72
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Perhaps that is XML and he has an XSLT to transform the drool tag into some type of special font or graphic.

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that must be it.
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Old 01-24-2009, 10:58 AM   #73
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You really should be careful about insulting the majority of people on this forum. Either your belief system is skewed or the majority of people on this forum are not in their right minds. I am pretty sure it is the former.

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I think it is slightly also the latter. I know I'm not in my right mind

But he's right. With your reasoning, people wouldn't even go to the bookstore, they would just go to the library.
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Confession time...

BTW, PilotBob -- I am crazy and do freely and willfully admit it but the other poster who wonders why we would buy a device when libraries are free... why is s/he hanging out on a forum dedicated to eReader owners... unless it is s/he is trying to perform some sort of intervention...

Now time for my confession...

I just ordered up the Sony red reader. I have a cybook from last year but never "bonded" with it because the firmware was crap so it didn't keep track of bookmarks so you always had to flip through manually to find where you were in a book... I still have the cybook for cheaper mobipocket formats etc.

Last fall I bought the PRS-505 and fell in love. so I bought a second one. But then recently I felt guilty about owning 2 sonys and a dear friend saw mine, fell in love and I gave it to her as a wedding present figuring I didn't need 2 and she couldn't afford 1.

But alas, I have felt a void in my soul and, as I said, just recently ordered up the Sangria Red sony reader. I guess it comes from the idea that I always have to have one with me and I don't want to run the risk of one having a dead battery on one and having to wait while it charges up before I can read.

Funny -- I don't have the same compulsion about my cell phone and frankly, there is more of a "safety" issue there where if my car breaks down and my cell phone is dead, I'm screwed... But on the plus side, at least I would have something to read until someone found me!

Hello, my name is Nancy and I'm a reader-aholic. (sometimes I think the ghost of my father is driving me to this since he never met a gadget that he didn't like and usually had to have multiples... so really, I think it is a genetic condition and you can't fight nature!)
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Lily -- like you, I own both a Kindle and a Sony. I bought my Kindle first and it's still my favorite device. I bought the Sony primarily to read the LRF files I had found here at MobileRead since there were no conversion tools to convert to another format. My second reason for getting the Sony was to use in testing the LRF files I was learning to create using BookDesigner and later Calibre.

I have never registered the Sony at the Sony store, so I buy all my current release books from Amazon.com. I have bought several multi-format books from Baen and Fictionwise. Hubby bought me the lighted cover for the Sony as a Christmas present, and its light is less bothersome to him while he's driving than the map light, external book light, flashlight, and even the laptop screen. (And, yes, I've used all of those for reading in the car at night, even long before I owned the Kindle & Sony.)

I wouldn't want to give up either reader.

Now to be honest, I'm lusting over the Cybook and BeBook readers and I'm looking forward to the next generation. I can honestly admit to just being a gadget junkie. I own two MP3 players and an iPod -- though I rarely use any of them!
Now this sounds like the ideal solution to my dilemma. I want a Kindle for the content availability and one stop shopping convenience of Amazon. But I also want an ESlick for the versatility of format and the capability of reading my TON of already acquired ebook content in multiple formats. If it weren't for the price tag, this would be the solution I'd choose, - unfortunately, price is an issue, I simply can't afford both!
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