I found the responses to yesterday’s post quite interesting, and before we get to the open thread I wanted to clear up some common misunderstandings about the Sony Reader and the Kindle (Sony and Amazon marketing teams, I accept free e-readers and Kings tickets. Call me.).
Steve Fuller summarizes things best:
“1) The screen is not like reading a computer, it is like reading a piece of paper. You have to trust me on this one.
2) Whenever you buy something, Amazon backs it up on their site, so if you lose your Kindle (or it breaks), you still have all your books.
3) The battery lasts for a LONG time and only takes a couple hours to charge.
4) There are options to highlight, take notes, etc. for those who like to interactively read a book.”
I would add: it’s not like reading on a PDA, and you can customize the font size. If you don’t see well you can re-create the experience of reading a large print book. If you like your type tiny you can make it tiny. And if you like reading in the bathtub you can put it in a ziploc bag. Try doing THAT with a paperback.
I understand that people have perfectly valid and personal reasons for preferring paper books, whether it’s cost, DRM, or the smell of paper giving you a tingle, but just wanted to clear up some of those misunderstandings.
I’m afraid I’m not going to be able to stop by very often, but thought you’d like to get to know each other a little better. So cozy up, make some room on the sofa, and see where the conversation goes.
– When Are We?
– Who’s Jason going to choose?
– Read any good books lately?
– How about that weather, right?