I want one. I read gazillions of electronic documents: friend’s manuscripts, pdfs, public domain books etc etc. I would love to have a portable device to read them on. I’ve tried various different reader software on my iPhone, and maybe I’m old, but the iPhone is too small.
The electronic reader I want doesn’t exist. I’ve been reading up on the two main models, the Kindle and the Sony Ereader, and while the Sony has more appeal there are problems. The biggest one being that the touch-screen version is not Mac compatible. Given that my main use for a reader is for manuscripts and research pdfs that’s a huge problem. (My iPhone has made me a touch screen addict.)
The main problem with the Kindle is that they charge you to download your own documents. As that would be my main use for a reader it’s a HUGE problem. Also I am not a fan of being tied to one retailer no matter how good that one retailer is. And this report made me even more nervous about the Kindle than I already was. Someone being able to turn off my library at the flick of a switch? Does not fill my heart with joy. Also they’re really ugly. Yes, that matters to me.
A reader is in the works from Apple. Right now it’s my biggest hope even though it means I’m most likely going to have to wait till 2010 for a non-DRM, versatile, touch-screen reader. Always with the waiting!
I’d be curious to hear from those of you have a Sony ereader. How’s it working for you?
No need to tell me about your Kindle experience nothing would induce me to buy one.
Update: Please stop defending the Kindle. I’m happy that you’re happy with it. That’s lovely. But I have many many reasons for not wanting one. See above linked story about Amazon turning one Kindle owner’s entire library off. Any reader that can be turned off? I don’t want it.
Update the second: Am turning the comments off on account of some really nasty trolling. Who knew people could get so heated about readers?