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*stares sleepily at the monitor*

I got my 8 hours last night, but that didn't start until 2 a.m. *cocks an eyebrow at elfwreck *

It was my own fault. I forget about my phone. And the hours that passed from when it rang to when I remembered to look at it again made it late when we started. It was a lovely conversation, though. Very worth the sleepy eyes today. :-)

Of course, now I'm near convinced of the value of a Sony Reader. I may think on how to budget for it.


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Mar. 30th, 2009 03:42 pm (UTC)
Sony Readers (the 505, which I have) are occasionally as cheap as $240, and since $300 is what they cost from the Sony store (where I got mine, so I could get it engraved), don't pay more than that for one. They are sometimes as cheap as $200 on eBay, but I don't think they tend to go for less than that. The 700, with a touch screen and a built-in light, and a few other differences, is more. (And is newer, so there's less used ones floating around.)

The crowd at MobileRead's forums has a "bargains and freebies" area, where sales on ebooks & readers are posted. And they have a "which one should I buy?" section for discussing the various pros and cons.

Part of how I get so much use out of mine (I take it everywhere; I'm more likely to leave my cellphone behind when I go out), is that I'm quick with converting various forms of content to ebooks it can read. I'll save & convert blog posts with comments for reading on the bus, download & convert fanfic, buy ebooks in one format and convert them into another one that I like better.

The number of commercially-available ebooks, aside from public domain works & currently trendy novels, is limited.

I'm very happy to encourage people to get ebook readers, but I want them to be happy with it--it's a big chunk of money, and a limited-use geeky device. (Digital equivalent of, oh, maybe a deep fryer. Does one thing REALLY REALLY WELL, but if you don't care so much about that one thing, other devices will do almost as well in a pinch.)
Mar. 30th, 2009 03:53 pm (UTC)
That's why I'm thinking about it carefully. I don't think my usage would warrant a newer model. Touch screens hate me, I cannot see needing the light. Limited use would not be a problem. I have that lovely PDA that does sssoooo many things and I mostly use it as my "break my boredom" device because it has solitaire. Dur.

I want to be sure if I decide to buy I will use it, not simply let my starry-eyed "ooooooo, new techie toy for me!!" side take over just for it to sit. That is too expensive to sit. Thank you for the advice. :-)
Mar. 30th, 2009 06:34 pm (UTC)
What about the Kindle? The range of prices on this type of "ohhh shiny" is amazing.

I love my PDA too... It used to have the WW program on it - hmmmm solitaire you say... interesting.
Mar. 30th, 2009 07:03 pm (UTC)
The Kindle is Amazon's attempt to own the entire eBook market the same as they own most of the online paper book market. That irritates me. Penda and Elf both have the Sony and sing its praises.

Should I use my debit visa card to buy it? *ducks and runs* (lol - I couldn't resist)
Mar. 30th, 2009 07:54 pm (UTC)
Ah I see - Sony it is. I wonder if I could find an older used one to "give it a test ride" first. Hmmmm

You can use your debit visa only if you get one for me.... *ducks and runs too*... Hehehehe
Mar. 30th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
HAHAHAHA! Since if I get one it will likely be an online purchase I will instead use my regular Visa. Elf says there are some used in her response up above, but I bet they are snatched up quickly!
Mar. 30th, 2009 09:41 pm (UTC)
EBay tends to have them. Just watch out for the difference between the PRS-500 (old & obsolete) and the PRS-505. The 505 is flat-out better; the 700 is a different type of device.

It's not hard to find new ones for $250-275 with various sales; used ones run $220-250 for the most part. (They're new enough not to have dropped in price unless they're somehow broken.)

Borders bookstore sells them, and might have a demo device available. And MobileRead has a "meetup and see a real device" thread somewhere.
Mar. 30th, 2009 10:15 pm (UTC)
Ooooo --- Borders! Excellent!
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