neyronrose (neyronrose) wrote,

reflections on e-readers

Now that I've had a good chance to test out a couple, I feel like commenting.  I'm sure I've made these comments before in various places.  I don't know if Sony is coming out with 2011 e-readers at all.  The 2010 ones got mixed reviews.  On the con side, most reviews said that those e-readers were expensive for what they were.  Since I won the 350, I didn't have any problem there with that one.  It's cute and it's worked well for me once I got it charged up and set up.  I haven't tried to read any PDFs on it, because what's the point?  LRF and epub format books are very easy to read on it.

The 950 was expensive.  Not to say that I don't like it.  I've certainly gotten a lot of use out of it.  I expected that the 3G would work elsewhere besides the Reader Store.  The wireless is slow, and the web browser is primitive.  It's an e-reader, and not a tablet, so that's pretty much par for the course from what I understand.  The hardware is good, and the software is bad.  I've tried to drag books from the reader to the library, and it gets hung up and sometimes doesn't even transfer one book.  I don't know how to work the "collections" function, so that's probably part of it, but it sorts authors' names by first name.  I downloaded Calibre, and I don't know how to work that to sort out books the way I want to, but I'll get someone to work with me on that at some point.

The Kobo Touch gives you a lot for the price.  I wish it had page turn buttons, but usually a finger tap or finger swipe works to turn the page.  It can slow down a lot when the charge gets low.  I've figured out how to do the things I want with it, though I wish it had come with a print instruction manual.  Well, I wish that for the Sonys, as well.  Sometimes I've accidentally bookmarked pages, and I don't know how to remove the bookmarks.  That's a bit of a peeve for me.  I got it from Borders, so I'm totally out of luck if it breaks, but I got it at a discount.  Generally I'm quite pleased with it.   
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