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View Poll Results: How do you now feel about your Sony Reader?
Love it even more than when I bought it! 48 44.86%
Just as great as the day I got it! 33 30.84%
Like it and I use it a lot! 17 15.89%
It's nice, but I don't use it much anymore 5 4.67%
Stupid device. I wish I'd never bought it. 4 3.74%
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Old 02-16-2007, 12:20 AM   #1
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Do you still love your Sony Reader?

Now that the Sony Reader has been available for almost half a year, I'm curious to hear how we early adopters feel about the device after lots of reading. Let us know in the poll how you feel (you will need to click through on the article title to see the poll).

Personally, I find that I like it just as much in many ways. I have to admit I almost take it for granted as an e-book reading device because it's very comfortable. Paper is now my third choice... Sony Reader is first choice when I have a lighted situation or want something easy on my eyes, my Treo is best when I want the book with me at all times or am reading in a dark place, and paper books are my last resort if the e-book is not available.

I think that the value of my Sony Reader only goes up as I learn how it fits into my life style most naturally. The quality continues to impress me, and the display is still spectacular. At the end of last year, I even told my eye doctor that reading on the Sony Reader reduces the amount of eye strain that I experience.

But surely there are a range of experiences, from those that have stopped reading on it, to those that are all the more excited because of the cool applications posted at MobileRead, or because of finding all the best sources of e-books and how to put them on the Reader. Let us know what you think!
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Old 02-16-2007, 12:30 AM   #2
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Still enjoying it... Here is why...

Last night had to wait through a really crowded restraunt for dinner. Took two hours including waiting for a table then waiting to order and getting the food. Was reading Enterprise Broken Bow. ^_^ Did not even mind the time!

Last November had to wait five hours total before I could board a plane to come home. Felt like 30 minutes.

They have been working on the power around here and when they cut services to do thiee repair work which has been at night. Just sit with a candle and flash light reading... ^_^

Yep its worth it.
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Old 02-16-2007, 01:08 AM   #3
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I haven't read a paper book since some time in October ... 'nuff said.
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Old 02-16-2007, 01:25 AM   #4
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I haven't had my reader as long as some people - just two months (although I wanted it immediately!) - but so far I am entirely thrilled with it! Like many here, I am a voracious reader, to the point that "books" is an item in my monthly budget. I use it almost every day; I would switch entirely to ebooks (and ease the strain on my shelves) if not for two things:
1. Some things I want are just not available as ebooks
2. Many of the books I read are ones that my husband will also enjoy - I have to buy those as p-books because he irrationally refuses to buy a reader and I refuse to share mine

This is really the best tech investment I've made in a long time. Especially with all the tools that have been made available for format-shifting (legally), I have all the content I could want, at mostly reasonable prices, and expect to be satisfied for years.

I just wish there was more kiddie/tween lit out there - I would buy one for my 12-yr old if only there was enough available that she likes to justify the cost.
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Old 02-16-2007, 01:28 AM   #5
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It goes everywhere with me. I've found it most useful in Doctors waiting rooms as it beats reading the out of date women centric glossy rags.

Certainly more convenient than a 1000+ page book especially when your near the end and you'd normally be carrying two books.

It's a great purchase and I wouldn't hesitate to make it again.
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Old 02-16-2007, 02:36 AM   #6
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Old 02-16-2007, 04:05 AM   #7
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I've been too busy writing software for it to have any time to actually use it - somehow that seems to be the case with most of my gadgets....
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Old 02-16-2007, 06:20 AM   #8
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I love it even more, especially due to many peoples' efforts here on extending it to perform as it should have out of the box. I cannot say I haven't picked up a paperback since I've purchased mine, mainly due to lack of availability of the title I wanted (also some of the agregious prices, ehk!), but it is my first and foremost choice. I take it with me wherever I go and use is quite often, as a matter of fact, it's sitting on the coffee table in front of me as I type (not to mention, I show it off every chance I get!).

Great device, only way to make better is to offer a larger screen where traditional size PDF and magazines can be comfortably viewed.
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Old 02-16-2007, 06:36 AM   #9
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While it has not proven as useful for my original intent (carrying around 20 - 30 programming books on various languages / DBMSs from one customer site to another) it has become a favorite gadget in a house full of gadgets. As noted elsewhere, it has prompted me to read a lot of the classics I had read years ago, and many I had neglected.

I would like to see periodical content for it, and have made that clear to the Sony folks.

Overall, as an early adopter, I would say I am still very happy with it.
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Old 02-16-2007, 06:37 AM   #10
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Still think it's great, though I honestly haven't used it too much recently. Extracurricular books = time sink. Then again, so does perusing many forums on the internet. Haven't tried using any fun utilities yet, though PDFrastfarian (sp?) looks enticing.

I still use paper back books (for "leisure"); however, if Sony/Connect ever does a library-type or subscription-based (certain # or unlimited books for $$ a month?) model, not to mention enlarge its selection by leaps and bounds, that can always change. It's either that or wait till Google et al. finishes digitizing every known book in the universe...
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Old 02-16-2007, 07:43 AM   #11
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Old 02-16-2007, 08:28 AM   #13
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Old 02-16-2007, 08:43 AM   #14
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I spend more time with it in my hands than my wife.

Living with it brings lots of tiny surprises good and bad. Thinking more closely about it, if it were to disappear, I would suffer a drawback period. It has more inpact in my life than television, that insidious curse that now governs all attempt at decent culture.

As a drug addict would say. "I wish everybody were on it!"

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Old 02-16-2007, 09:36 AM   #15
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I have had my Reader for about two weeks, having moved up from reading on my Palm. Like many other people have said it is a refreshing addition to the technology tools I use every day. I am no longer buying any paper books, and trying to convert everything to Reader. I have found myself "investing" a lot of time at work discovering the world of eBooks on Reader since I bought it. This Forum is a great resource for finding out many ideas, solutions and tricks to use for the Reader. Thanks to everyone.
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