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Old 04-14-2009, 01:20 PM   #1
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Hello from Memphis, TN

Hello from Memphis, TN, home of the best BBQ, Graceland, and... not much else

I'm a long-time reader and have only in the last year started moving into ebooks. I started with my iPhone a year ago, using ereader, to read some books and short stories. I had no plans to get a dedicated ebook reader for quite some time.

However, two months ago, an opportunity presented itself with a Circuit City going out of business locally. We found the Sony 505 for less than half the cost and bought it impulsively. I wish I'd bought the other one they had there, as well, as I didn't realize what a fantastic find this was!

Of course, as with most impulsive buys, I hadn't done my research. I use Macs at home and the first few weeks of figuring out how to update firmware, load books in, activating ADEs, etc had me pulling my hair out. That's how I found this site, and I'm so glad to have found a great resource to help me answer questions and find content.

I read romances, classics, sci-fi and some mysteries and suspense as the mood strikes. I'm greatly enjoying the ability to have dozens of books at my finger tips without having to take up the space for them!
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Old 04-14-2009, 02:11 PM   #2
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Welcome troutqueen (you could send some rainbows this way). We have many Sony users and some Mac userd that can give advice and/or opinions. Fictionwise has both your genres but not sure if in your Sony format. Baen has SF in the Sony format & 1) all their ebooks are DRM free & 2) they have a "free" library to get you hooked on new authors. In addition Baen has what they call "Webscriptions" each month. It's a bundle of 4 - 8 ebooks (their choice each month) for $15 per bundle. Lately it been closer to 8 than to 4. You don't subscribe, you just buy the bundles you want.

Good luck & good reading.
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Old 04-14-2009, 02:33 PM   #3
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Hi troutqueen and welcome to MobileRead.

I got my Sony with similar good luck; I wandered mindlessly into the local SonyStyle Store to check out the 505 just after Christmas 2007 and, to my delight, they had it a 40% off as it had been a window model. It's run just fine and I really like it
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Old 04-14-2009, 07:40 PM   #4
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Welcome Troutqueen. My 505 is only a few weeks old but I'm LOVING IT!! I like romance books, as well as wide range of other genres. One of the first things I did was go to eharlequin.com and download the 16 free ebooks. I'm not sure how that would work with Mac though, but I thought I'd put that out there.

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Old 04-14-2009, 07:45 PM   #5
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hello, troutqueen, and welcome to MobileRead. Here is a link to our wiki page on the 505, perhaps you can find some more useful info there.
http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/PRS505

Here is another link to our "hello newbie" page which lists more info. Be sure and shout out any questions not answered. We do love to answer questions.......

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...t=43794&page=2
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Old 04-15-2009, 08:36 PM   #6
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Slayda, I LOVE Baen - I'm currently reading Flint's 1632 series from them. Baen gets how ebook publishing should be! Fictionwise is limited in their formats for the Sony without having to strip DRM, and I'm lazy I just want to purchase and download without extra steps!
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Old 04-15-2009, 08:40 PM   #7
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Welcome Troutqueen. My 505 is only a few weeks old but I'm LOVING IT!! I like romance books, as well as wide range of other genres. One of the first things I did was go to eharlequin.com and download the 16 free ebooks. I'm not sure how that would work with Mac though, but I thought I'd put that out there.
Thanks! I haven't fully explored the eharlequin site, but I think I downloaded some of the free ebooks from them a couple months ago for their anniversary. I think one of the interesting things I'm finding as I'm exploring where to get my books is that some publishers charge MORE for the paperback prices for their ebooks! Liz Carlyle is a fave of mine and her books are $2 more for the ebook version than the full-price paperback. It's insane! But since I haven't necessarily given up on hard copy reading, I can always get the pb.

Hope you're having as much fun exploring and playing with the 505!
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Thanks! I haven't fully explored the eharlequin site, but I think I downloaded some of the free ebooks from them a couple months ago for their anniversary. I think one of the interesting things I'm finding as I'm exploring where to get my books is that some publishers charge MORE for the paperback prices for their ebooks! Liz Carlyle is a fave of mine and her books are $2 more for the ebook version than the full-price paperback. It's insane! But since I haven't necessarily given up on hard copy reading, I can always get the pb.

Hope you're having as much fun exploring and playing with the 505!
The Sony Store carries the Harlequin eBooks at the same price as the eHarlequin store (I think) and they offer some bundles which brings the price-per-book down quite a bit.
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The Sony Store carries the Harlequin eBooks at the same price as the eHarlequin store (I think) and they offer some bundles which brings the price-per-book down quite a bit.
yes, the sure do! And I get so frustrated wading through the romance bundles, looking for something I want to purchase ( I prefer my romance in chick-lit fashion)
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Welcome!

What a great deal! I'm envious. what I couldn't do with an extra ereader or two.... actually, what would I do? I think it would confuse me to have two ereaders, but maybe not. Too bad I won't get to try it out!
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