First: Sony Pocket has a new bundle with case that made me ponder. For $169 you get a Sony Pocket with a special leather cover branded with “Eat Pray Love” and “a code for eBook downloads of Eat, Pray, Love and Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert.”
Now, I am all for nice digital reader covers, though Elizabeth Gilbert’s book drove me up a wall and across the ceiling. I thought the paperback might have been retitled as “My Navel: Let Me Gaze At It.” So I don’t necessarily want to cover a Sony Pocket with a leather cover devoted to that book.
But would you want a digital reader cover customized to look like or embossed with the title of one of your all-time favorite books? Or do you prefer basic covers? I mean, half the fun of owning electronics is accessorizing, right?
More in Sony news: as one of the few, if not the only digital reader firm that focuses on library lending, Sony has unveiled the Reader Library program to support public libraries.
The Reader Library program will offer, according to Paul Biba’s report on TeleRead, a training program developed by Sony that will instruct librarians on digital reading choices and technology, as well as the devices themselves. Hey! That’s awesome. One of the major yay! segments of the Smart Bitch Test Drive last year was that several librarians had Sony Readers to show to their patrons, and a number were in LOVE with that sexy text size adjustment feature.
Today, 29 June 2010, is Library Advocacy Day, which makes Sony’s announcement right on schedule. Check out the video on the ALA site for more information about libraries and how they’re hurting right now.
If you’re a librarian, what’s up with your branch? And how can patrons help?