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08 October 2010 @ 03:00 pm
e-reader  
Although I'm with Rupert Giles on the topic of books, I do see the practicality of carrying thousands of books in your pocket, so I'm planning on getting myself an e-reader and I can't decide between the Sony, the iRiver and the new Samsung. The iRiver can support comics, but in tests has come out worse than the Sony, which now supports PDF and Word docs, which was my main problem with it previously. The Samsung also supports those files and comes with £50 worth of free books when ordered from WHSmith, but it's new on the market so it's an unknown quantity.

Does anyone out there own any of these? Any advice?

I'm leaning toward the Pocket Sony at the moment, as it's on special offer at the moment and budget is a big factor, but I'm willing to be swayed if anyone knows more about this (which wouldn't be difficult!)
 
 
 
dejladejla on October 8th, 2010 02:18 pm (UTC)
I have the Nook, which reads PDFs, ePubs, Nook format, and Word docs. It seems to do fine with graphics, although it's not color (and if it goes up to color, I'll probably upgrade). I don't find it terribly heavy--it's about the weight of a hardcover, and I can hold it easily on the subway standing.
But, I don't want to be a pie,: librarianidontlikegravy on October 8th, 2010 05:08 pm (UTC)
Hmm, not heard of that one, thank you :)
fractured_sun: hl 'too old for this' textfractured_sun on October 8th, 2010 03:33 pm (UTC)
It's not one you mentioned, but I have pretty much fallen in love with my kindle. AT £110 or £150 (depending on type) it's relatively cheap... the display seems excellent though doesn't have colour, supports PDF and txt files and can convert several more, also plays MP3 (which I've never used) and let you browse the internet (which I have, and it's not saying much but it's better than my phone), and there are hundreds of books you can download for free from Amazon. I find it nice and light too and it really does look like paper.

It is obviously a big amazon advert as it tries to push you to pick only their format of book but so long as you can stand that I'd recommend it. Will say I love carrying a whole library in my bag it's perfect for trips on the bus, so whichever you end up going with I think you'll find you don't regret it.
But, I don't want to be a pie,: deep thoughtidontlikegravy on October 8th, 2010 05:07 pm (UTC)
I'd kinda dismissed the Kindle for that reason - I've got a Waterstone's points card so I intend to buy mostly from them, and I've still not really forgiven Amazon for the whole gay=porn debacle and screwing up a couple of my orders. But it's interesting to hear that you like using it. Something to ponder, thank you :)
The Proverbial Quiet Onestackcats on October 8th, 2010 05:49 pm (UTC)
I have the Sony Pocket version, and I get along with it really well. There aren't any swish features, but it's cheapish (mine was a present, but compared to others, they're cheaper) and very easy to use, easy to read. I do have a slight issue with the font size occasionally, but that's more down to the individual books, and you can adjust the font, but it's sometimes a case of 'too small, too small... too big!' You also get a bunch of free books from WHSmith. It's quite cute too, with the leather cover, and doesn't take fingerprints or anything.
Beer Goodbeer_good_foamy on October 8th, 2010 08:27 pm (UTC)
I've tried all three and out of those, I'd definitely go with the Sony. Reliable, sturdy and simple.