I was reading a post on Sidney's blog where he mentioned that he was interested in the new Sony eBook Reader, but had decided to wait until it proves itself before investing in the hardware.
It got me thinking about eBooks again.
You see, I love em. Have for a while. There are so many reasons -- here's a few:
- Automatically saves your page -- no more bookmarks to maintain
- Many allow you to highlight and take notes
- Built-in back light (most)
- Built-in dictionary -- definitions are a tap away
- Potential to carry your entire library with you, or a few books on vacation
- Easy storage -- no more bookshelves to build/buy
- Ecologically responsible alternative to paper-bound books
- Text-to-voice capability (Microsoft Reader) allows many books to also serve as audio books
- Selectable font size -- every book can be a large print book
Confession time -- despite the larger screen, better display, and ease of use, I don't use my tablet PC as an eBook reader. For that, I use my Pocket PC phone. The Pocket PC phone is the perfect size, and with the cheap price of memory cards, you can carry a pretty significant number of books with you at any one time. Right now on my PDA Phone I have:
- Cell, by Stephen King
- Jitterbug Perfume, by Tom Robbins
- Don't Know Much About History, by Kenneth C. Davis
- The Night Land, by William Hope Hodgson
- Shall We Gather At The Garden?, by Kevin L. Donihe
- Ubik, by Philip K. Dick
I've read a couple of them and should delete them from my phone, but why bother? There's plenty more room on my memory card, so I think I'll just let them hang out there for a while.
Back to the tablet PC one last time -- I think the reason I don't use mine for book reading is because my unit is BIG. It weighs nearly 7 pounds, so reading a book on it, while practical, doesn't compare to the diminutive weight of my PDA phone. My next tablet PC, which I'm already looking for, will be in the 4 pound range. I'm sweet on the new Thinkpads, but I'm going to wait and see what other units are announced in January with the launch of Windows Vista.