- Unfortunately, I need large print.
- I don't like to haul around tons of books with me.
- My house keeps getting smaller and smaller every time we buy more bookcases, yet still there are stacks of books all over the place.
What to do? Buy an e-reader.
So while we're cogitating on the available choices, Amazon comes out with the Kindle. New? Hardly. Sony has used the same kind of display for a year and their newly released model is probably much better quality than the Kindle. What are the pros and cons? Here's the gist of the conversations between my husband and I.
The Kindle costs $400.
The Sony costs $300.
The Kindle has wireless technology that allows uploading books in less than a minute.
The Sony requires a connection to your computer, same as all the rest of the e-readers.
The Kindle shops exclusively at Amazon.
The Sony takes uploads from your computer, so you're free to shop anywhere.
You can enlarge the print on a Kindle.
You can enlarge the print on a Sony, but there are problems with some formats.
Winner: Kindle, but close to a draw
With Kindle, there's no encoding so you can borrow books from your local library.
With Sony, you can easily borrow books from the library.
With Kindle, you're dependent on wireless technology, so you must be in a coverage area to buy books. What happens if you're in Outer Mongolia where there are few cell towers?
With Sony, you upload from your home computer only, so it doesn't matter.
Winner: Six of one, half dozen of the other
Wow, with heavy hitters in the market, e-books will become more and more common. There are plenty of other reasons why we should go to ebooks.
- The stripping and return of huge quantities of books is environmentally detrimental, and financially disastrous business model. (Have you seen a store clerk strip an entire dumpster full of books? It makes you sick to your stomach, and it happens hundreds of times every single day.)
- More and more people are developing allergies to dust, and can't have print books in their homes.
- Many babyboomers are requiring large print.
- With more people traveling from country to country, it's easier to find reading material.
- e-books don't take nearly as much storage space as print books do.
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