[FoRK] Gibson's Spook Country

Luis Villa <luis at tieguy.org> on Thu Aug 30 12:45:34 PDT 2007

On 8/30/07, Ken Meltsner <meltsner at alum.mit.edu> wrote:
> I've been using a Sony Reader for the last two weeks -- it's really
> great:  smaller than a hardcover, readable at several font sizes,
> keeps track of where I stopped reading, stores many books, etc.
> I got mine for ~$60 by opening a Sony Rewards credit card account.
> The deal included $50  credit at the Sony ebook store; some of the
> bundles were especially good deals (3 older titles for $12, or the
> Neal Stephenson Baroque cycle for $22, IIRC).
> My main complaint is that the e-ink display is somewhat gray-on-gray.
> Not unreadable,   but higher contrast would be nice.  E-Ink and its
> licensees have announced improved displays (esp. higher contrast), so
> I'm sure these will be coming soon.
> In fact, I suspect the current deal on Sony Readers is a sign that
> Sony will be moving to the next gen e-ink displays and they're
> clearing out the old units.
> Frankly, if it weren't for DRM issues, I'd strongly consider buying
> all my new books in electronic format.  Well, DRM and the relatively
> limited selection (and backlist).

And the flicker. When I tried one, the flicker drove me nuts.

But yes, in theory, I find ebook readers appealing.

> The best info source for ebook junkies, by the way, appears to be
> www.mobileread.com



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