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Old 09-26-2009, 10:58 PM   #1
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I just had a chance to see both the Sony Pocket Reader and the Sony Touch Reader in person in the local Best Buy store. I was really surprised at how much better the screen contrast was on the Pocket Reader than the other model. I have not seen a Kindle in person yet and I was wondering if anyone can comment on how the screen contrast compares with the two Sony readers. If I had not seen the two readers side-by-side, I would have wanted the Touch version, due to the expanded features of that model. But my bifocal-assisted eyes need the best possible contrast I can find. I'm considering buying one of these later this year, but am still evaluating different models and features. The difference in contrast was really striking; and I'm wondering where the Kindle fits into the spectrum.

(Not completely off topic, I hope, since these gadgets are really practical for book lovers in small spaces like fiberglass eggs.)
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Old 09-27-2009, 07:54 AM   #2
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(Not completely off topic, I hope, since these gadgets are really practical for book lovers in small spaces like fiberglass eggs.)
Nope, not in General Chat. And, I'm waiting for answers to come in. I do see some of the colleges are putting textbooks on Kindles and making them a requirement for some classes. I haven't found the reasoning other than standardization. But then again, maybe someone has done research on durability. Kinda like the reason they use Macs in schools. A technology that can take physical abuse?
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I'd love it if we had texts on Kindles- a typical organic chemistry text is 3 inches thick and weighs a LOT (I haven't weighed one but I'd guess 8 lbs.) For a student, add physics and calculus and you might have 25 lbs of books, add a laptop to that... well, you get the idea.

I'm not familiar with the Sony and only have Kindle on my Ipod Touch. Kindle has one big advantage which is the buy a book anywhere, anytime feature. On the other hand, I understand it has a button to turn pages. On the Touch app, you turn pages with a touch, and I like that. From what I hear the Kindle has a great screen. Oh, and I'm not sure about the Sony, but the Kindle reads out loud. I think I'll probably buy one eventually as my eyes are not good enough for a lot of reading anymore and being able to enlarge the text or listen to it would be a huge benefit.

In fact, the dogs may be planning to get me one for Christmas if they don't spend all their money on vet bills.

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Old 09-27-2009, 10:06 AM   #4
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And reduce the price for textbooks! I ordered a reasonably small one for my class this fall. It cost the students $130.00 in the bookstore! Outrageous! If it were not written by someone who writes part of the final test that students have to take to be licensed, I would find another.

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I have a Kindle 2 and can't compare it to the Sony since it has been a while since I have seen the Sony players but the Kindle is easy to read and the screen has good contrast indoors and outdoors. It is much lighter than the original Kindle and it is very easy to navigate. It has soft touch buttons on both sides of the screen to change the page and you can change pages with a barely perceptible touch of the finger. It is easy to make bookmarks, to clip articles for later reference or to make notes about contents. You can "dog ear" pages for future reference and the Kindle will remember your last page read in many books or articles at one time as long as you have the Whisper net on. You can save battery power by only turning on the Whisper net when you are buying new materials or open it before you close a book so it can record your latest progress. It is easy to change font size on any book to accommodate for poor lighting or a time when you are reading without glasses if you usually wear them. I find that I can read books more quickly on a Kindle than I do in paper form. I'm not really sure why that is but I know it is true for others as well. The Kindle has a much better selection of books than does the Sony. The downside is that you can only share books with others on your account. Each account can have up to 6 registered Kindles so to share a book on another account, you must first de-register from one account and reregister it on another. That is a quick process and can be done in less than a minute but it is a downside. Obviously you would only share an account with someone you trusted. It is not like handing a used book to a stranger and passing it on.
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And reduce the price for textbooks! I ordered a reasonably small one for my class this fall. It cost the students $130.00 in the bookstore! Outrageous!
Yeah, and the worst thing is they push revisions every three years so that used books won't be available. Our books are usually good for two semesters but cost about $180. And the alternatives are all equally pricey since chem texts are pretty standard. Some students buy from Amazon UK and get foreign editions which are much cheaper. (Kind of like Canadian drugs.)

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I'm thinking we'll see some substantial deals this Christmas season, and hopefully that will include a deal or two on the Kindle, though I'm likely to hold off for the Kindle 3, whenever it comes. I'd still rather have a touch screen.
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Charlene,
Have you used the search function very much? It works within individual books as well as across the whole machine, doesn't it? I'm thinking it would be a necessary feature if you got any reference type books that were arranged alphabetically. It's not the sort of situation where you'd read it straight through.
Thanks for all the information.
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I just had a chance to see both the Sony Pocket Reader and the Sony Touch Reader in person in the local Best Buy store. I was really surprised at how much better the screen contrast was on the Pocket Reader than the other model. I have not seen a Kindle in person yet and I was wondering if anyone can comment on how the screen contrast compares with the two Sony readers. If I had not seen the two readers side-by-side, I would have wanted the Touch version, due to the expanded features of that model. But my bifocal-assisted eyes need the best possible contrast I can find. I'm considering buying one of these later this year, but am still evaluating different models and features. The difference in contrast was really striking; and I'm wondering where the Kindle fits into the spectrum.

(Not completely off topic, I hope, since these gadgets are really practical for book lovers in small spaces like fiberglass eggs.)
Pamela.....
It has been several days since you posted this question,but I thought I would do some research before commenting on it. As for myself I have a Plam One Tungsten T 5 and a Palm..Z 22 . I love both of them for different reasons. The Z 22 is very small and easy to carry in my purse. The T 5 is bigger and holds more information. What I like about BOTH of them over the Amazon kindle or th Sony portable reader is that they are both back lite( means I can read in the dark with no book light)....but it is hard to read in the bright outside sunlight. You can do thateasy with the kindle or Sony. I know about them because my DD did LOTS of research before she got her Sony( she gave me her old Palm Z 22)

I told her about your question and she suggested that I point you to these 2 sights.......they are sights that she used to do her research and where she still vists almost daily. The first one is
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=54982

The second one is http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/E-book_Reader_Matrix

DD gets all of her books from Sony and has a Great selection to choose from and they offer lots of free book. I get mine from E reader and they also have very good books. Sony sight seems to be cheaper than Amazon and E Reader ........also Amazon can ( and has done it) take the books you have bought off of your reader.


Oh and I have seen both the Sony and the kindle( sister -in -law has one) side by side.......but have only done any reading on the Sony I think I would like the Sony better if it was back lite. Anyway try looking at these two sights maybe they will help you decide.

Hope this helps you ...Lynn
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Old 09-29-2009, 07:26 PM   #10
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You kids with your electronic book gadgets are jes makin me feel my years.
I afraid I won't be able to move away from the old familiar look and feel of a "real" book.

Besides I read every night in the hot tub and have on occasion dropped my book in the water, which it usually recovers from after a few hours although the pages never lay quite flat again they're still legible. I'm afraid that if I dropped one of these new fangled gadgets in the tub while reading, the thing would be toast.....
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Old 09-30-2009, 11:22 AM   #11
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Greg,
I hear the thing to do is put your ereader in a ziploc bag before taking it to the beach or pool. Should work for the hot tub, too.

Lynn,
Thanks for the info; I'll check out those websites.

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Rumor has it that Apple is developing something.

My PDA holds ebooks too. I find it difficult to scroll on my current Centro though.

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Well, with the recent price drop, I bought a Kindle. I love it so far, and one thing that I don't think was mentioned was that it has a primitive web browser. I found I could do gmail with that browser. It isn't easy like a real computer (interface is a bit clunky, all b&w, small screen) but as of now there is no charge for it. (It's an experimental feature so could disappear or they could start charging for it- though frankly I don't see anyone willing to pay for it.) For now, it will be nice- yesterday my computer was in the shop at work and I used the Kindle to keep up on email (just forwarded work email to gmail.)

Anyway, other things: it has this weird flash to black then back to light gray when you change the page but within a couple of minutes your eye adjusts and I think you start blinking just as that happens as you stop seeing it unless you try to. Interesting phenomenon- I thought it would annoy me but since I adjusted it isn't an issue.

The text to speech doesn't work on every book, but when it does it is very good. The volume isn't very loud but loud enough if you aren't in a noisy place. I set it on the dryer when I was doing laundry and that amplified it nicely. Not a sub for audiobooks but a nice feature.

The screen is grayish but with good contrast and there are two text sizes larger than the one I use, so it has room for my eyes to get worse! Naturally the smaller the text, the less often you have to turn the page, but I wanted the larger text. The type is easy to read.

You need to buy a case of some kind, at least a sleeve. I ordered a case (zippered) that can also have a special reading light that fits the case, though I didn't order that (yet.)

I really love the preview feature. You can download sample chapters and see if you like a book before buying it. There are also a lot of free books. Many, many classics are free, and some newer books. Some series have the first book free (to get you hooked.)

Anyway, so far (1 week in) I'm a happy camper.

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Is reading on an e-reader the same as reading on a computer? The reason I ask is my daughter does her schoolwork on-line and when she has to read say History and it's several pages of scrolling down neither one of us can absorb what we are reading. We must print out a hard copy of that chapter and read it off paper in order to digest it. It's not just History, we have the same problem with Algebra or Biology. For some reason we just don't comprehend nearly as much when we are reading on a computer screen vs. sitting down with a hard copy. I've heard of other students having this issue as well and in fact the school recomends printing off any text. Is it a sensory issue where we need the tactile feedback of pages in our hands and will we eventually adjust? I have no problem reading emails or short articles online but for some reason if I'm trying to learn or remember a lot of info it doesnt stick. Just wonder if we're the only ones who have experienced this?

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