just got me a Sony Reader
just got me one of [URL=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sony_Reader]these[/URL]. seems pretty nifty so far.
went [URL=http://www.pagebypagebooks.com/title.html]here [/URL]and [URL=http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page]here[/URL] to legally download books and essays and shtuff until i get an accy set up on Sony's eBook site, or wherever else. this supposedly has an incredibly long battery life; one can supposedly read something like 1500 pages without the battery running out. they should have a disclaimer stating that this is based entirely on the readers ability... actually there probably is such a disclaimer somewhere on the box.
anyway, it uses nanotechnology to push black and white nano-particles onto the screen, which is quite different from an iPod or laptop screen. this means that it's not harsh on your eyes. it's almost like looking at a piece of paper; it looks more like some of the screens on the older PDA's maybe.
also it can show jpg's (in black and white) and can play unencrypted mp3 and AAC files.
gonna use this bad-boy out in the field and in Iraq to be able to carry a couple hundred books on me without adding more than 9oz weight to my gear.
anybody else have one of these?
i'm excited about it but so far the software that comes with it seems sort of iffy. it's taken this whole time i'm sitting here typing this to transfer 10 text files of about 5megs each and right now i think it might be frozen. also there's a slight pause when you go between pages which you have to get used to; if you get impatient and hit "next" 10 times thinking it missed the first command then it will suddenly kick in and jump ahead 10 pages.
the entire thing is worth the price, though, because now that i added a huge dictionary to it i can immediately resolve all those goddam arguments over the meanings and origins of words me and my buddy have all the time without having to carry a real dictionary or wait until we get home to look it up.