By Brandon Miniman | September 10, 2007 2:26 AM
Some of us eat books like breakfast cereal. Our bookshelves are lined with thick novels that act as proof that yes, I did in fact read all 300 pages of the latest non-fiction best seller.
But I find books to be somewhat annoying. I can never seem to get comfortable when holding a book (my fingers get tired from keeping the pages apart, and using heavy objects to hold the sides steady, thus making each page turn an act of repositioning myself). Plus, if I’m at work and I want to reference a chapter in The World is Flat because I want to read about how my job may be outsourced to India, I have to wait until I get back to my bookshelf.
What if there was a device to which I could download my ENTIRE book collection. This device would be small enough to take with me anywhere, and reading with it would be easy, because I could hold it like a folded-over magazine and not have to deal with dry fingers and page turnings. You know where this is going…
Some bookworms rejoiced when the Sony Reader hit the shelves in February of this year. It’s the first commercial eBook Reader that uses an electrophoretic display, which doesn’t require a backlight and has great contrast levels that make reading the words on the page feel more like a book than a computer screen.
But the Reader has its faults. The screen refresh is slow (and is susceptible to “ghosting”), the book selection is limited to about 18,000 titles, and you can’t use Sony’s proprietary eBook format on other devices (are you surprised that Sony is using a proprietary format?)