So I wrote up a review, a serious review, of the Sony eReader 505. I talked about what I wanted out of the test drive – namely to answer my question of whether I could download the ebooks I check out from my library on the eReader. I can. Now I needed to decide if I wanted to actually purchase one. I am still mulling that question over.
I can’t say I had any pre-conceived notions of what an eReader was like, but the Sony eReader 505 delivers an electronic device that I can read like a book. I found the MP3 player function to be poor (talk about craptastic lag time and a power-sucking function) and the digital picture display function pointless. However, there are probably 29 other people on the test drive that can articulate their opinions on the eReader better than I can.
What I can uniquely offer is my husband’s unscripted and honest opinion that, I believe, cuts to the heart of the matter. He asked me last night to proof read a letter that he wrote to the Governor of Ohio relating to a current guest of the Ohio penal system and whether the Governor should alter this guest’s sentence (Hubby is an assistant prosecuting attorney and yeah someone died because of the guest). Important stuff, but then so is reviewing a Sony eReader for the Smart Bitches. I was going to ask him to return the favor on the review. Instead, I showed him the eReader. The following discussion (not even making it up) occurred.
Would you be interested in purchasing a device such as this?
Because I don’t read. But if you want to get one…*shrug*…you read more than I do. You work hard. So what…you get this thing and than pay like a buck ninety-nine for the book?
The cost of the book is about the same as if you purchased the paperback or hardback in the store.
So you pay $200 for this thing and then you have to pay more to get a book?
Right. But the cost is closer to $300 for the eReader.
Oh. It has a light-up screen so you can read in the dark, right?
No, it doesn’t have that.
So…it’s more convenient to carry around than a book?
I believe that’s the idea. So for example, if we went on a week long vacation where I could read most of the time, I could just take this instead of a stack of books.
We don’t take week-long vacations.
Stay tuned for Round 2: Even if the device works great can I afford all that convenience? Additionally, I will have my plans for a week-long book reading vacation.
[Sarah asks: Who here wants Laura to go on a reading vacation? *raises hand*]