Randi has some problems with the page lag on the Sony 505. It’s an eInk thing, I think – they all do it: Kindle, Sony. ALL THE COOL KIDS are doing it, ALRIGHT?!!
Randi also has some commentary on the swirly arrows of doom.
Randi also has some ranting to do about the software—which is part of the reason I set up the Test Drive. The learning curve can be steep, and the process of setting up the Reader can be challenging. Especially if you’re frequently greeted by the Swirly Arrows of Doom:
I don’t read manuals until something goes wrong. Sometimes this has led me into trouble. (Remind me to tell you the story of the day I got HAL’s new internal DVD drive) Most times, and with most of today’s technology, you can plug in and go. That actually really impressed me with Johnny. Plugged him in, loaded the software, and away we went.
Now the software. The ebook Library software sucks so hard. It’s slow, which may be HAL’s fault – he is six years old poor guy which is like 114 in people years, and there is no intuitive way to back-navigate. While I can get to where I want to go, when I want to go where I’ve been I run into roadblocks. There is a back button, but it applies to the entire program. So if, say, I click between the store and my reader, when I go back to the store the back button takes me to my reader, rather than where I was in the store. Some people are using Calibre software, and I shall be looking into this. But for the moment, and in the spirit of the test-drive, I’d rather use the software Sony gives us for a while first.
Calibre – it is a MARVEL I TELL YOU. I’m waiting on the edge of my desk chair for the Mac compatible Sony Bookstore software, because more shopping options = JOY, but I’m still a Calibre acolyte on every machine I use.