Did you ever meet someone who wasn’t what you thought you wanted but fit perfectly into your life? Did you? And what happened next? It wasn’t toilet seats up or socks on the floor, was it? Those things you can deal with. No, at some point in those happy halcyon days you met the in-laws. And it all came crashing down. You realized he’d never break free of his mother, he realized you look exactly like yours. The birds stopped singing in the trees and started crashing dead at your feet. A future spent at those family gatherings was unimaginable so you went your separate ways. I’m feeling that way about the Sony 505 today. I’m hoping we can work it out.
I once thought I would have paper pried from my cold dead hands, but (while I was waiting for Kindle to call) Smart Bitches offered me a test drive. “C’mon, no strings.” Sony wanted me to spend time with the sexy 505, and who doesn’t prefer to be the object of desire to the object who is desiring? Sony made me rethink my view of reading and imagine us together, forever, blissful. Everyone needed to meet Sony. Friends, strangers, telemarketers. Even the sky looked brighter. There was just one tiny thing.
Sony needed to talk. Sony had some baggage, a little thing called DRM. So what? This was 505 and I loved our relationship. Also, I was Apple and Sony had been raised Windows. Sony promised to convert, one day, and in the meantime we could work around it together. Sony was my everything. We just couldn’t be together in public. I had to find a Windows family and get my permissions straight. Also, I needed to download Adobe plug-ins. Adobe said my internal time clock wasn’t what they were expecting. I tried to explain it had been born that way. Sorry, go Sudo your Root Tree.
I think, like most people, I had no idea how to Sudo my Root Tree and 13 hours later I hadn’t learned (enter tech support). It was like buying a luxury sedan and only being allowed to drive it when wearing the exact same clothes as when I bought it. A change in hairstyle, a lost blouse, and it’s a very expensive brick in the garage. I ran to a Windows machine and the Sony Bookstore. Slow, expensive, a little annoying, but easy! Sony and I could face anything!
Except, well, I had forgotten to get Adobe’s permission. It’s so hard to have the open relationship Sony promised me. I’m scared of investing so much and ending up with nothing. But when I hold Sony 505 in my hands, I just want us to be together and go back to the good times. I want to forget about DRM. I want to believe that when Sony converts, this will all melt away and be a bad memory. But some days are harder than others.
Twenty (Two) Things About Sony (in no particular order)
Ten Things I Love About Sony’s PRS-505
1) It’s red. A really, really hot red. Or sleek silver, or mysterious blue…..
2) It’s intuitive. The ‘manual’ is completely optional.
3) The contrast is actually better in bright light than a conventional book.
4) I can put clothes in my carry-on luggage now.
5) The kids can’t ‘forget’ their reading assignment, it’s on the Sony.
6) Freedom to shop around.
7) Control over what I add and when. No need to announce what it is to the world.
8) No squinting, instant large print.
9) Great size and weight. Makes the Kindle look deformed and antiquated.
10) My husband can’t add his multi language proprietary corporate pdf’s or make notes all over them.
1) It makes me look thinner, taller and less intimidatingly intelligent, I am sure.
Ten Things I Dislike About Sony’s PRS-505 (or, to be fair, the e-reader world)
1) My husband can’t add his multi language proprietary corporate pdf’s or make notes all over them.
2) Mobi and PDF and E-Pub, oh my! Too many formats, too disinterested to figure out which I need.
3) DRM. After figuring out which to buy, the hoops to jump through should stop.
4) The potential that after jumping through the hoops (and paying to do so) the hoops will be moved.
5) My library stopped offering e-books.
6) The plastic bar that locks the reader into it’s sleeve seems flimsy and destined to snap.
7) The lack (and cost) of awesome covers to replace the um, elderly maroon pleather one included.
8) How grabby it makes my friends who have their own toys to play with thank you very much.
9) If I wasn’t a Test Driver the DRM would have made me return it instantly, thereby missing out on the extremely awesome world of e-reading.
10) There’s no model option for lefty Apple users.
1) I’m supposed to give it back.