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Old 06-09-2008, 17:49   #21
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How does it handle ebooks in text files like those available from Projrct Gutenberg?
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Old 06-09-2008, 20:18   #22
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I picked one up today however I'm someone who has been buying and reading ebooks since 1999. I've used various PDA's and more recently my mobile. I've also owned a bookeen cybook (another eink device) but whilst the it was ideal for my needs it proved slightly too fragile when an elaphantine friend stood on it and cracked the screen. I've gone for the Sony ready as it seem tougher. I've now got almost 500 books on it and am merely reading it now (well not exactly now but was up until I checked a few online forums

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Old 06-09-2008, 20:33   #23
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I will wait until the tech reaches to the point where it's a piece of toughed glass that's almost impossible to break. The i can walk around my room reading with a mug of tea in the other hand like Jean-Luc Picard does in his ready-room
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Old 06-09-2008, 20:56   #24
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I love it, and I'm at the typical grumbling around here. No, it's not the best thing since sliced bread and it sure is over-priced, but it's so refreshing to have a simple bit of kit that isn't meant to do a zillion things at once. It does its job very well, and if people want more they can look elsewhere.

My brain has been so convinced by the effect that I've gone to turn the page as if I was reading a real book.
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Old 06-09-2008, 21:00   #25
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I will wait until the tech reaches to the point where it's a piece of toughed glass that's almost impossible to break. The i can walk around my room reading with a mug of tea in the other hand like Jean-Luc Picard does in his ready-room
Jean-Luc Picard doesn't do mugs....it's a cup of tea for a Starship Captain, and specifically, Earl Grey...Hot
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I'd quite like one but the ebooks seem way overpriced, i'll pay that for the hardware though. i dont buy many books currently as i dont want to collect the physical ones (except animation art books).

but the ebook prices are crazy. a mainstream book you can get in tesco for £4 or £7 each at bogohp in smiths is going to cost far far more to download when its cost almost nothing to distribute or print and you presumably cannot swap it with friends once read.

some random examples from Waterstones
Latest Jordan trash: HB £11.39 ebook £15.19
The Pursuit Of Happiness: PB £5.99 ebook £6.39
The Private Patient: HP £10.99 ebook £12.92

why

Isnt this pricing policy just asking to become the next to be digitaly stolen by the masses?
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Old 06-09-2008, 21:40   #27
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The kind of stuff that appeals to the geeks who will sit down and scan it so that other geeks can read it on their PC or PDA is probably already being stolen. Obviously wouldn't be appropriate on here to actually say where and how to find it, but there's a lot of science fiction / fantasy / computing texts available.

Agree that the industry really needs to reflect the lower overheads in the price of ebooks - especially when they really don't seem to be subsidizing the readers.
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Would be a great idea if you could borrow ebooks like you can books from a library, and read it in the bath without fear of dropping it and knackering it.

Until then, no thanks.
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i think they could trivialist books the way downloading has trivialised music, and as such I don't really want to get into them.

i just see it as one of those things where with thousands of free books on it, it is just way too easy to read a few pages and give up and choose something else - it's all too disposable.
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Old 07-09-2008, 05:17   #30
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How does it handle ebooks in text files like those available from Projrct Gutenberg?
This is one of the great things about this reader - project gutenberg books work straight away, no re-formatting required. I loved that you can just download old classics, Alice in Wonderland, Moby Dick, Velveteen Rabbit etc are all on hand whenever you like.

With the opensource software, you can also download RSS feeds from BBC, and it translates them into newspaper format. My fave was the ability to download weekly editions of the Economist

The main problem is with new release titles. They are overpriced, and plagued with sony's DRM crap. If Sony can sort that out, it would be a perfect device.
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Old 07-09-2008, 07:07   #31
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There are places to get legal ebooks that can be read on the Sony Reader (or any other similar device) at a reasonable price (i.e. less than the cost of the book in physical form). For science fiction and fantasy check out www.webscriptions.net. They also ahve a free library of around 100 titles (these are books that are still in copyright, still available to buy in physical form in many cases, but that the author and publisher have given permission for them to be made available for free in electronic form).

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if it had been ~£100 i would have bought one but not at £200.

It may come down in price before christmas
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Most pointless invention ever. Not even colour too.
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That's only really issue if you read books with colour pictures, or pop-up books.
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Most pointless invention ever. Not even colour too.
No colour is really the point. You do appreciate that it uses no power at all once static?

Of course, I'm assuming you're being serious!
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Do you read a lot of colour books then, Phil?
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That's only really issue if you read books with colour pictures, or pop-up books.
It is a pointless invention, mind. I can't see them ever really taking off when a book does pretty much the exact same thing only better. How does it provide the same sense of progress and satisfaction you get with a book? You know, when reading something 500+ pages its nice to see your bookmark progress. Can you flick through easily to remind yourself of something?
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It is a pointless invention, mind. I can't see them ever really taking off when a book does pretty much the exact same thing only better. How does it provide the same sense of progress and satisfaction you get with a book? You know, when reading something 500+ pages its nice to see your bookmark progress. Can you flick through easily to remind yourself of something?
What benefit does it have over a single book? Nothing. What benefit does it have over 500 books - lots: far less space, easy to find the book you want, ability to search etc etc.

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Do you read a lot of colour books then, Phil?
No I don't read colou books but the point I'm making is that most gadgets we have these days are not monchrome or black and White, phones went to colour GUI's all those years ago and I thought you'd be able ot view pics on it or something else. As said who would buy one of themse when you can buy the UMPC's and suchlike at the same prices. It's just a gimmick gadget and one that's won't take off.
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Me too, i'm having trouble working out why i would get one of these over an AUAS EEE-PC (or whatever they're called) which can do so much more.

EDIT - i did see one in Waterstones yesterday, and to be honest the tech looks very 90's. Looks like the product that missed the boat several years ago. If this came out about 2000 then it would have had a chance, but a slim one (am i right in saying this is not the first ebook to fail?)
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