Saturday, October 10, 2009

Sony Touch over Amazon Kindle

After weeks of research, I recently ordered the Sony eBook Reader Touch Edition instead of the rival Amazon Kindle. Here is a list of reasons why I did in no particular order.

  1. The Touch displays multiple formats: PDF, Word, and EPUB.

  2. After I created an account with Sony's ebook store, I now have access to Google Books, a public domain project by Google to scan and organize the world's books online.

  3. My local library partnered with a service called Overdrive which allows me to check out and download books right to my mac and ebook reader.

  4. I am not a big reader of fictional books so a wireless connection to download books on demand was nonessential.

  5. The nonfictional books I do read are mostly pdfs which I couldn't upload to the Kindle, but can upload to the Touch.

  6. Since I'm an enormous fan and member of the docbook working group, creating my own epub books using the docbook language along with the stylesheets will make it fun to publish my own books to read.

  7. I didn't see the need for a physical keyboard.

  8. The color white makes machines look cheap.

  9. I own the following Sony products: HDTV, PS3, PS2, PSP, HD handycam, and noise canceling headphones.

  10. Sony Memory Stick Pro Duos work interchangeably with all of my devices plus the Touch Reader.

  11. Black looks kewl.

[caption id="attachment_140" align="alignright" width="215" caption="Sony eBook Reader Touch"]Sony eBook Reader Touch[/caption]

I expect to receive my Touch Reader this coming week or early the following week via Walmart's Store-to-Store delivery. In addition, I ordered a reader cover to protect the screen and exterior body.

BTW, I am not sponsored by Sony nor did I receive a free reader from Sony for this blog post. In addition, I have an Amazon account, order producs/books from Amazon, and have an Amazon Web Services account with ec2 machines.

-- Corey

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