The time has come when we all must accept that it's not worth it to sit on the sidelines anymore, and enter the fray of digital ebook readers and join the future of literary passage.
The choice: Amazon's Kindle vs. Sony Reader Digital Book.
Let's start out by commenting on the names of the product. They are the dumbest names ever. I think if you want a breakthrough product the people in charge should have done something better with the titling. I'm on a plane yesterday and the guy across the aisle has got the Sony reader and I interrupt what is no doubt the slow process of his eyeballs becoming slowly corroded by the tiny radioactive lights emitting from the gadget because it's still relatively early mass technology and these things haven't been fully vetted by consumer safety engineers, not unlike my cell phone which is likely causing testicular cancer from bouncing in my pocket all day long, and I ask him, "Hey, do you like that Sony reader thing with the digital thing face on it?"
Actually, I was a lot slicker than that. I was reading a firm, physical version of the New York Times on paper and the full back page ad just happened to be the announcement of Sony releasing 500,000 free domain books through Google on their specialized reader app. What I did was slide that ad across the aisle as the conversation starter. The guy sees it and goes, "Yeah." Then he returned to reading. So I had to prompt further to get some answers.
The biggest takeaway I got was that the Sony Reader Digital eBook NextGen Thingy is more plug-and-play because it doesn't require a subscription and transfer release. Apparently, the battery only pumps on page turn so it can last 3 weeks+ on a full charge. Also, it can hold a lot more info than the Kindle. Meanwhile, the Kindle requires a subscription and you have to email the book to your service so that Amazon can forward it back to you? However, the Kindle has newspaper and magazines, which is cool.
Thoughts? Experiences with either? They ain't cheap.