As some of you know, I’ve been with Sony for more than 17 years. And during my time with the company, I have to say that one of the coolest products to come along that I use personally is our thinner than a magazined Reader device.
It’s basically an e-book that features so-called E-Ink technology, so the display is very easy on the eyes. The muted monochrome display gives me the feeling of reading from a book or newspaper, rather than a bright, irritating computer display.
Another great feature is that you can adjust the text size, which is much appreciated by these 50-plus year old eyes.
And the battery seems to last forever. The device is extremely energy efficient. I’m told that it takes about 7,500 electronic page turns before it needs to be recharged. I’ve used the Reader on flights across county and all the way to Japan, without having to recharge it.
In any event, my e-reading has taken me in some very different directions – from CIA intrigue in the latest Vince Flynn novel to David McCullough’s great (although a bit lengthy) biography on our nation’s second president John Adams.
There are more than 17,000 e-book titles, including popular fiction and nonfiction books, to choose from on the Sony CONNECT e-book store. Typically, they are offered at a discount to comparable hard cover or paperback books, depending on how current they are. And the book titles are extremely easy to purchase, download and transfer to the device. There are also websites like the Project Gutenberg site that offer free e-books of classic and older published works no longer under copyright protection.
In terms of improving the device in the future, my main suggestion for the next model has been to move the controls from the left to the right hand side. (Of course, left-handers may have a different view.)
And while I certainly do not expect the e-book to replace the printed variety any time soon, the Reader is filling an enjoyable niche in my life. I know I’m certainly reading more lately. For $299 or less, you can check it out at Sony Style stores and sonystyle.com, as well as Borders and select Best Buy stores, among others. If you have any thoughts on e-reading, I invite you to share them with us here on the blog.
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