There are few things I like doing better than reading. Which means it’s surprising I haven’t picked up an e-reader of any kind until the SBTB Sony e-reader test drive challenge. Up until now paper books and I have had a die-hard lovefest. In fact there are times when my husband is jealous of my books taking up so much of my time and having to share space in the house with them. Enter the e-reader.
When I first opened the e-reader I didn’t bother reading the directions. I wanted to see how organically I responded to the device. I’m not a tech whiz by any means, but I know how to twitter and I can update my website now and then. If I couldn’t figure out how to turn it on, navigate between books and load new books on without a lot of directions, then it wasn’t going to be something I could really recommend to my completely non-tech friends/family. I was delighted that the 505 was almost like putting a key in the ignition and ready to drive with the content that was already loaded.
Getting new content through the Sony store however proved a three-hour long process, complete with digging through help sections, frustrated reloading of the program to fill up at the store and general tearing out of the hair trying to figure out where I’d made a wrong turn.
Once we got past that little hurdle, the rest has been a test drive worthy of Top Gear.
It loads fast (sometimes I’ve found I actually have to flip back to the page I was reading previously because I was pushing the next page button faster than I was finishing the last paragraph). It handles nicely. Reading on the screen is very comfortable, very comparable to paperback book, although I did find that an e-book loaded from my local library (woo hoo, free books, yes we can haz them!) did go a bit wonky in the formatting when the font size was bumped up from miniscule to readable.
Don’t get me wrong, I like the ability to bump up the font size. It made it easier to flash my little red reader at my tech-love dad, and the sleek styling caught the attention of many of the mommies I hang around with while our kids soak themselves silly with water balloons. Even my daughter, who is still too young to drive, took the reader out for a spin. In fact, I suspect she’s been sneak reading some of the books I’ve downloaded from Harlequin. My husband is even intrigued, because this sleek little gizmo means less books actually cluttering our home, possibly leaving more room in the garage for yet another hot rod.
Overall the reader gets great mileage, over 2000 pages on one charge, and still going. I’m taking it on another trip soon and if I can read on it in the car, then we just may have uncovered a minor miracle.