Saturday, January 14, 2006

Pssst, ebook readers

Life as you know it is about to change for book lovers, thanks to Sony’s new ebook reading devise, aptly named, The Reader. This item is a “must have” for any reader, and especially for those who seem to be upping their eyeglasses prescription way too often from the strain of reading the small prints in paperbacks and/or the neon blazing screens in their PCs.

Ebooks are good in theory. Download anytime, any place and tada! Instant books. No shopping, no waiting, instant gratification. Sounds perfect, right? But the flaw in this idea is the actual reading.

The Reader is the size of a paperback, but only half an inch thick, it has a six-inch gray scale screen and weights a mere nine ounces. The breakthrough of this product is the electronic paper display, which Sony claims is as easy to read as a printed page. The screen is not backlit and is viewable from various angles. The Reader doesn’t “redraw” itself dozens a times a second, so the lack of flicker is easier on the eyes.

Additionally, users can read up to 7,500 pages on one single battery, and its internal memory stores roughly 80 books, but extra memory cards will expand storage for hundreds more. Timed to the launch of The Reader, Sony plans to have more than 1,000 ebooks available on its connect online service, where it now sells music.

The Reader will be to readers what the iPod is for music lovers. Sounds like an idea whose time has come. And like all new ideas, it comes at a premium cost: $400. Ouch.


7 comment(s):

Blogger Harlot said...

Oh, i want one too! Bawdy, does it only come out in black? I want a pretty purplish one or pink one please. :D

1/14/2006 09:57:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG, thats soo cool. I want one too!! :) Now, e-bbokds will feel like books again


1/15/2006 04:18:00 AM  

Anonymous Serendipity said...

I don't know Bawdy. It might seem like having sex with double condom across a glass wall with only genitals hole on the wall and two extra holes for the hands to fondle the mammary glands. Hmmm. I like the feel of book. Like the smell of new book, and definitely like the fact that I can bring it in the tub, and if I happen to drop it in the water, I can shake it relatively dry and keep on reading. And only lose maybe 10 dollars at most. Hmmm.

I think I am stuck in old age. I have this pocket pc, DH bought me this nano thingy, and to tell the truth, they're' both uh, like new/mint condition. I find I like to doodle too much and electronics just won't let you do it (re pocket pc).

1/15/2006 09:27:00 PM  

Blogger Bawdy Babe said...

Good lord women you are funny. And truth be told, I agree with you.

However not all of us are lucky enough to have easy access to a bookstore. You have no idea how difficult and expensive it is for us Bitches to score books. The Reader, for us would be a godsent.

Also this item is great for travelers. You don't have to lug a book, much less several books.

And most importantly is the enviroment issue. Can you imagine how many trees will be spared being turned into a new Danielle Steele book, for instance?

While ebooks should never replace an actual books. Ebooks serve a purpose and for those of us who rely on ebooks downloads to get the latest releases, its a good thing.

1/16/2006 07:55:00 AM  

Anonymous Serendipity said...

Oh gawd! I am a tree killer! Arrrrrrgggh. Truly, there's so much junk mail in the US, it's criminal. Wasn't it true in FL too Bawdy, about the junk mail?

good point on e-book. Hmmm.

1/16/2006 02:59:00 PM  

Blogger Vicious Trollop said...

Serendipity, where the hell do you get these things?!?!? LMAO

Bawdy, I agree with you 100% especially for us, that live in non-reader friendly countries, lol. I mean, to find a book, I have to travel 5 miles by foot and then ride a donkey 3 more miles to find a godforsaken hut in the middle of nowhere, and that to get an old worn out copy of a crappy author and even worse book!

Of course, I'd rather a REAL book. Will start saving for The Reader. I'm dreaming about it. At the moment completely obsessed with owning one! But fucking 400 us??? I'd have to dedicate myself to be a lady of easy virtue(or sell a couple of nice pairs of shoes) to get one!

1/16/2006 06:39:00 PM  

Anonymous Serendipity said...

Trollop, all you have to do is not buy clothes for 1 week...then you got our reader! See, it's easy.

First, you must not look at any shop windows.

You must not think of clothes and BF could come in handy. Just shag the heck out of him and you won't think shopping...then the money starts building....

There. Got your reader already!

1/17/2006 07:26:00 AM