I’ve been meaning to make this post for several weeks, but it kept escaping me! I didn’t want to post when I first got my Reader because I wanted to spend a little time with it so that I could post what I love/hate. So, here goes…
My friend Angie says on her blog that she is “passionate about digital publishing.” She also says that her mission is to “drag people to the digital dark side, one reader at a time.” She finally managed to drag me to that dark side… after years of agonizing and debating which eReader to get (seriously, one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make!), I finally broke down and bought one a few months ago.
This is what my cute, little Sony Pocket Reader looks like:
Why did I ultimately choose the Sony Pocket over all the other Readers out there?? I think it was really a process of elimination…
I knew I didn’t want the ever-popular Kindle. Although I don’t know much about the ins and outs of digital publishing and ebooks, I have learned at least ONE thing from Angie: if you buy a Kindle, you’re stuck buying ebooks from Amazon. Period. End of story. There are a whole slew of fun ebook stores out there, and I like having the option to shop around. So, the Kindle was never really an option for me.
I definitely considered the Nook, however. Like the Kindle, you can order books directly from the device… and, even though it’s a Barnes & Noble product, you aren’t limited to B&N for your ebook shopping. Love that. But, I went to my local B&N store shortly after the Nooks were available, and for some reason I just wasn’t impressed with it… not like I thought I would be! I couldn’t figure out HOW to turn it on. And then when I finally did find the power, I had no clue how to navigate the menus, etc. And, it didn’t feel very comfortable in my hand. It felt very “plastic” and not as sturdy as I imagined it would. So, from my very limited first impression of the Nook, I was pretty sure I didn’t want that one either.
I very briefly considered getting an iPad. Although the price is outrageous (compared with other Readers), the iPad is so many things other than an eReader. And I liked the idea that it has a backlit screen. For some reason, I was really having a hard time imagining this “eInk technology” that most of the Readers have… and I didn’t think I’d like it as much as a backlit screen that I could read in the dark while my husband was sleeping next to me. But, ultimately I decided against the iPad, too. The price is a lot more than what I wanted to spend. And, even though it does a million other things, I really just wanted a Reader.
So, at this point, I pretty much knew that I’d end up with a Sony Reader of some type. Over the years, I’ve heard Angie mention the lack of file management on some of the other devices, but I knew that was one thing she liked about the Sony. I really thought I’d want the Sony Touch. But, then I started reading different reviews, and kept reading that the touchscreen creates a horrible glare. Ick. Touchscreens and I don’t generally get along very well anyway (every time I try to use Nick’s Droid phone, I want to sling it across the room because the touchscreen does NOT work for me, ever!)… so it didn’t take long for me to decide that the Touch probably wasn’t for me either.
I kept coming back to the Sony Pocket (I think it was the hot pink color option that was calling to me! Who can resist pink??). So then I started reading lots of Sony Pocket reviews.
- For one thing, the price is nice! At $150, the Sony Pocket comes in well under most of the other Readers on the market (the Kobo Reader wasn’t yet available when I was shopping!).
- Even though it’s a smaller Reader with a smaller screen than the others, I read one review that said it actually displayed the same amount of text (if not more) than some of the larger Readers. So, duh, why would I want a bigger screen, just so the margins and spaces could be bigger? Seemed like kind of a waste to me.
- It doesn’t have wireless and I can’t order books directly from the device. But, honestly, I spend the majority of my time sitting in front of my computer… so shopping via the computer and transferring files to the Reader via USB is really not a hardship for me!
- I can’t take notes while I’m reading. And if I were a student that might matter to me. But, I read for pleasure at this point in my life. I don’t take notes. If I had a Reader with that capability, I’m fairly certain I would never use it anyway!
- I also read a review comparing several of the different Sony Readers… I learned from that review that the page turns are slightly faster on the Sony Pocket and the eInk display/contrast is actually better on the Pocket than any of the others. I think that pretty much sealed the deal for me!
So, I’ve had my Sony Pocket for a few months now. And I’m pretty thrilled with it. I think I definitely made the right decision and chose a Reader that is perfect for me. It’s certainly not the fanciest Reader out there (although I do think it’s the cutest, hands down!), but it does do everything that I need it to do.
I’ve only had trouble finding one book that I wanted in ebook format. It was rather frustrating because I knew that I could run down the street to Walmart and buy the paper version of the book right then (and I did consider it!)… but I got over it. I’ve probably purchased somewhere around 20 books since I got my Reader, so frustration over one title isn’t too bad, I suppose! For the most part, the shopping/downloading process has been fairly painless. Oh, and did I forget to mention the whole library thing?? I was shocked that my library in po-dunk actually participates in an online/digital library, but they do! They don’t have TONS of titles available, but every now and then I luck out and find one. It’s way cool to be able to “borrow” a book for free, from the convenience of my own home (because, God forbid I actually go out into the world).
Although one feature that sold me on the Sony was its file management capabilities, I have yet to figure out HOW to manage my files! Right now, all of my books are just lumped into one spot, and I scroll through them alphabetically when I’m looking for a book to read. One of these days I’ll have to figure out the file management thing and set up my nifty categories. One of these days…
I still have a whole slew of paper books that I need to read, piled up all over my house. So, I switch back and forth between digital and paper books at this point. I do still love the feel of a “real” book in my hands… and sometimes the formatting of the ebooks is wonky and confusing. But, I’m getting used to digital reading. I’m thrilled that I finally made the purchase that I agonized over for years… glad to have finally joined Angie and countless others on The Dark Side! 😉