There are a few things I’ve used with my Sony Readers that I’ve found supremely useful, and it occurred to me that this list might be of some use to other folks, too. So, behold, a List! With Illustrations!
Software: Calibre. I can’t praise it enough. I have a Mac, a PC, and Hubby’s PC, and Calibre loaded on all of them. By keeping my eBooks on an accessible external drive, I can access and load books from any location, regardless of operating system, and oh, how I love it. If I get another pet, it’s going to be named Calibre Excelsior.
Did I just hear the sound of every animal rescue person near me hiding their animals and moving away from me?! Come on now – I’m awesome! Two of my cats are named after the original Iron Chef!
Skins: If you’ve got a Sony 505, you can skin that baby, and turn it all sorts of funky colors. I love the look of the burled wood one. You can also put stickers all over the included cover (OMG KINDLE II: MATZOH EDITION, DID YOU HEAR THAT?! AN INCLUDED COVER?! *swoon*) and make it funky fresh that way.
Lights: There are several options for lighting the 505, since it, and most other ebook readers, do not come with a light on board.
Many people have seen the Sony Cover with Custom Light Shield. I have one – and I never use it. Why? Because the spine of the light shield holds its power source: AA batteries. And that makes the case HEAVY. I mean, really heavy.
It’s also a sheet of frosted plastic, and that muddies the text enough that I prefer another light option.
It works fine – it’s a clip on light. It’s not like it’s rocket science. But the problem, regardless of Kindle or Sony Reader, is that the light itself is so bright and so focused that it creates a big splotch of glare on the screen, and I’d find myself tilting the light all over the damn place trying to get indirect light onto the screen so I could, you know, read off it. The other problem is that it was irresistible to Baba O’Riley, who fell in love with it, carried it everywhere, and promptly hid it in a place only to be discovered after the passing of many, many years. I haven’t seen the clip on light in months, but to be honest it was enough of a pain in the arse that I don’t miss it. It was not easy to put in a purse, and it caught on my keys and made a mess of things, so I didn’t carry it anyway.
Chargers: The Sony 505 and 700 ship with a USB a-to-b cable only. There’s no a/c outlet cable included. And if you look for the Sony Reader a/c charger? It’s expensive at $30.00!
But thanks to Jane, I have a solution: the Sony PSP charger. It’s the same plug, so it works perfectly – and it costs $13.00. If you’re feeling particularly frisky, there are other models, too, such as this one, currently on sale for $1.67 plus shipping.
What accessories have you found super useful for your digital reader, or for books you read in dark or often damp locations? Book covers you dig? Lights? Share, share! It’s shopping time.