I’m still home with my family, where my reading and internet time is limited. In fact, I’ve yet to finish a book since I’ve been here, though I’ve started several! The next week will be a little short on reviews as (a) I haven’t read much, and (b) I’d like to review 2010 before moving on to 2011. Today, though, I’d like to introduce you to the newest member of my library, brought to me by Santa: my new Sony Reader!
Over the past few months I spent a good deal of time researching and trying three eReaders: the Amazon Kindle, the Barnes & Noble Nook, and the Sony Reader. I chose the Reader for several reasons (obviously some more important than others):
- First and foremost, I love its amazing note-taking capabilities. It’s the only one of the big three with a full touch screen and a stylus, which makes looking up a word (double-tap and the definition appears), highlighting, bookmarking, and even adding handwritten notes are extremely easy.
- It’s not dependent on a specific company; I can get eBooks from a variety of sources.
- I can borrow library books on it.
- The whole screen is touch, which means no keyboard or separate navigation screen is necessary on the front of the device.
- It’s easy to organize my digital library.
- I can change the screen saver pictures to my own photos!
The first thing I did was to set up a NetGalley account and request a few digital ARCs. I then headed over to Project Gutenberg and downloaded all the books on my Classics Reclamation Project list that were available. So far, my new Reader has 93 books on it…and it’s only been two days!
As for actually reading on the device, I’m relieved to find I have no problems with it. I’ve only read 30 pages or so on it, but the Reader is lightweight and comfortable to hold, and the E Ink screen really is easy to read. Yes, it’s missing the tactile pleasures of reading an actual book, but for certain situations (pretty much anythin on-the-go) the Reader will be perfect. I will, of course, always have my paper library at home, and I know it will continue to grow!
Overall assessment: I’m even happier with my Sony Reader than I’d expected. I’m 100% sure I chose the right eReader for me. (If you are looking at them, I cannot stress how important it is to go and play with the different options for yourself–they’re all good for different things, and the best eReader for you depends heavily on what you’re looking for in an eReader!)
I’m working on knitting my Reader a case so it can travel safely with me. I’m also wracking my brain for a suitable name for my Reader. I’m shooting for something literary but preferably not gender-specific, and I’m having a devil of a time coming up with something. Does anyone have any suggestions?