Sony Reader Meetup: 1 September

Sony has announcements to make, and in order to do it up in Style (ha) they’ve asked me to co-host a meetup next Wednesday 1 September in New York City.

Where: Sony Style, Madison Avenue at 55th Street, New York City

When: 1 September 2010, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Why: Digital reading! Actual Food! Literal Drinks! And a discussion of what digital books you might like hosted by me, with additional questions asked of you. Because I want to know what you’re reading, yo.

Space is limited so if you want to come, please register online now at EventBrite.

I hear rumors of giveaways (though those teasy people at Sony won’t tell me the specifics, dang it, because if they did I’d so drop big hints like Baby Baffle More Bree Tony Feeder or something – which is probably why they won’t tell me) and definite confirmation of food (I wonder what Tony Feeders eat?) but mostly I’d love to meet you if you’re in the NY area and have time on your lunch break to come talk romance. Even if you can’t come, I also hear that Twitter discussion with the hashtag #sbtbSony might be rewarded with prizes as well, though I haven’t gotten the specifics on that either. I do know that Sony has Announcements to make, so this should be piles of fun.

Seriously, there’s going to be food and dishing about romance novels. I hope you can come!

ETA: If you register, you are sent a ticket, but I clarified that if you don’t register and drop in, that is ok. Sony just needs an estimate for food and grog-type purposes!

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  1. 1
    meoskop says:

    The same day as Apple’s iPod update? Its going to be a check my newsfeed kind of day!

    I’m very interested in Sony’s announcement. But I am not in New York, Alas.

  2. 2
    Rebecca says:

    Rats.  I’m at work in Brooklyn that day and probably can’t take time off.  (Unless maybe I do a long lunch….)

    I hope this isn’t hijacking the thread, since I know most people here are interested in e-reader capabilities for fiction, but from a professional standpoint…how would Sony (or other e-book producers) feel about making some standard high school textbooks available?  It would be a real help for schools that want kids to have access to books both at home and in school without lugging over fifty pounds of books back and forth.  And for English teachers who wanted to pick from a list of novels, instead of making agonizing decisions about what to spend money on class sets of, and then scrounging for copies.  (Why yes, I was thinking that I could read North and South with the kids while my colleague down the hall reads Jane Eyre, and neither of us would have to worry about having enough books, or only buying one Victorian novel.)

    Also, a question for all you e-reader people out there: does anyone know if any e-readers could really run Rosetta Stone or similar language learning software?  Rosetta has an online version, which won’t run on Sony because there’s no wireless, and on i-pad because it requires flash.  Is there something else that would work?  Has anyone tried?  Again, I’m thinking of classroom as well as personal applications.  (Who knows if we’d be able to get the money together for the experiment but it seems worth a try.)  If anyone has any thoughts on this, please let me know.  I’m just starting research for my school.

  3. 3
    Liz says:

    just registered!  so excited that i can actually go.  every other time, i was stuck in Boston, so I couldn’t go.

  4. 4
    Danielle d says:

    Wish I could be there but I love in the Midwest.  Can’t wait to read or hear about the news.

  5. 5
    Liz says:

    @Rebecca, you could check Amazon to see what’s available for Kindle.  Some of my grad school texts are available on it.  Novels would definitely be available, but the students would have to purchase them, and download the software to a computer (unless they actually have a kindle).

    Also, B&N has Nook Study, which allows you to rent text books for roughly 6 months.  This can also be downloaded to a computer.  It also lets you print a certain amount of pages per month.

  6. 6
    Avrelia says:

    Would it be grossly inappropriate to bring my 3yold with me? I have no one to leave him with me, and the time and it is a rare opportunity when I cold be at the same time and place with you.

    I’ll obviously leave as soon as he starts causing trouble. He doesn’t read romances.

  7. 7
    Nikki says:

    AARGH!!  For once I am in NYC at the right time.  I just can’t go because I have orientation all day.  So massively unfair!

  8. 8
    SB Sarah says:

    Avriela, I personally don’t think it’s a problem though I have no idea what Sony would think. That said, I will totally watch my language. Just in case!

    Nikki, I can promise you, you know what orientation will tell you – ditch it and come party! with grog!

  9. 9
    Debra Hyde says:

    I’ll attend!

  10. 10
    avrelia says:

    Thanks! I registered, and in the worst case I can run away as soon as the clock strikes twelve, when my son turns into a pumpkin.

    the word is: possible 33. The above scenario is totally possible.

  11. 11
    Kilian Metcalf, LIterary Slut says:

    The Sony eReader would totally tempt me if I weren’t already committed to my Kindle.  Ah, well, marry in haste, repent at leisure.

  12. 12

    Well, isn’t this just serendipitous!  I’ll be in NYC getting my son settled into his dorm at Columbia, so I’ve RSVP’d for this event.  I’ll have my husband in tow, and he’ll just have to put up with some romance discussion (not that he isn’t used to that).  Looking forward to the event and to finally meeting you, Sarah.

  13. 13
    Katherine says:

    This sounds like an awesome event!
    I so wish I could be there. But alas, I live in Canada, and cannot make the 12 hour trek to NYC. *sob*

    (Was that dramatic enough? Maybe I should’ve added a description of my heaving bossom and quavering voice…)

  14. 14
    SB Sarah says:

    Yes, but Katherine, you’re in Canada, which is just awesome on a daily basis.

    I’m so excited that so many of you have registered – this is going to be so very excellent. I shall have to think of witty toasts with grog.

  15. 15

    As a proud Sony Pocket owner I wish I could be there.  On the other hand, one reason I can’t be there is because I’m in FRICKIN’ AWESOME AUSTRALIA for the World SF Convention (Aussiecon4).  Having my Pocket with me on this trip, loaded with over 75 books, has been amazing and wonderful.  It was especially wonderful when I learned my domestic Australia flight had a 7 kg limit on carry on bags.  No worries, I’m not packing paperbacks, I’m packing the digital delight!

    Have fun, guys, and give my love to Sony!

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    Runny2010 says:

    Some of these comments people are saying here on this issue really seem to make me look at this in a whole new way. I do enjoy the responses though.

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