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That new Sony E-Book... Would it be a good purchase?

heretoinformheretoinform __BANNED USERS regular
edited October 2007 in Help / Advice Forum
Hey, I've been reading about the new, revised sony e-book and I was wondering if it would be a good purchase.

Here are the reasons I want one:
-I am an avid reader, so I can throw the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Wheel of Time series on it
-I am a policy debater, and I think this might be a viable alternative to carrying around tubs of evidence, right?

Things that are preventing me from getting one:
-The fact that I will have to download the books from their e-book store. Is there any way at all I can transfer my existing, huge, library to it without rebuying and downloading all my favorite books again?
-When I buy a book online, I'll only have the text. I don't like that. I like having the actual book throughout the years. Is there anyway to buy a book now and then get the e-book version at the same time?

Thanks.

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  • The CatThe Cat Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited October 2007
    e-readers strike me as being too limited to last in a market full of multi-function devices. Its like buying an mp3 player that doesn't have an FM tuner and won't store non-music files... or even music files of the wrong format. You can get them, but why bother when you can get a more versatile device for the same price? Surely a tablet PC or a PDA would reduce the number of things you'd need to carry around and have none of the drawbacks.

    As for book+ebook deals, as far as I know they're not very common except on Amazon. Baen apparently packages CDs of stuff with their books sometimes, but unless you're really into trashy SF that's not going to count for much. Most publishers know perfectly well that e-books are never going to be a significant market, for exactly the reasons you just outlined - people like the hardcopy.

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  • MichaelLCMichaelLC In what furnace was thy brain? ChicagoRegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    The Cat wrote: »
    e-readers strike me as being too limited to last in a market full of multi-function devices. Its like buying an mp3 player that doesn't have an FM tuner and won't store non-music files... or even music files of the wrong format. You can get them, but why bother when you can get a more versatile device for the same price? Surely a tablet PC or a PDA would reduce the number of things you'd need to carry around and have none of the drawbacks.

    If you haven't played with one of these, you should give it a look. The eInk is impressive.

    It's actually quite a bit better than reading text on a PDA/iPhone/HTC/Whatever, due to the type of display.

    You're right though, it's kind of silly to be carrying around a 5x8x1" device that only does books. When they build the eInk screen into all devices, then it might be worth it.

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  • oldsakoldsak Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    My girlfriend is also an avid reader and she too was interested in the Sony reader

    Ultimately she decided against it as there is currently a very limited library to choose from.

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