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Posted using LJTalk... [Sep. 27th, 2006|09:45 am]
Artur Bergman
Can I buy this, Sony Reader or is it evil?
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[User Picture]From: nick
2006-09-27 04:53 pm (UTC)
compared to a segway?
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[User Picture]From: brad
2006-09-27 05:00 pm (UTC)
I thought,

Sony = evil.
eBooks = DRM = evil.

?

What part would you, Mr. Bergman, consider not evil about this?
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[User Picture]From: crw
2006-09-27 05:12 pm (UTC)
Sony = teh evil, but that eBook reader can handle run-of-the-mill pdf's, which seems great until you read:

"And with 64MB of internal memory..."

How many pdf books from o'reilly's safari can you fit on 64mb? one? maybe two? it's got an sd slot which leaves me feeling nonplussed. how tough would it have been to throw an 8gb flash drive in there? it wouldn't weigh that much more and would bump up the price - but it'd be worth it!
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[User Picture]From: scsi
2006-09-27 05:18 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it looked cool until I saw it had ass for memory.
I could only fit like 1/2 of a D&D book on there.. :(
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[User Picture]From: crucially
2006-09-27 05:28 pm (UTC)
"The Sony® Reader offers a unique, on-the-go reading experience. With a very compact and light design you can take it almost anywhere. And with 64MB of internal memory3, and a slot for optional removable memory cards you can take many titles, user-selected Web content, or other supported documents for reading on the go. Will hold up to 80 electronic books in internal memory and hundreds more with Memory Stick® media or SD memory card4 (sold separately)."

So I presume a could put a 1GB stick in there?
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[User Picture]From: crw
2006-09-27 05:40 pm (UTC)
You *could* but the snobbery of owning an eBook reader would be greatly diminished by using -gasp- removable media. What is this, the middle ages?

But having just price-checked a 4gb SD card at under $90 over at newegg, it doesn't sound that bad, actually.
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[User Picture]From: matthew
2006-09-27 05:42 pm (UTC)
> it's got an sd slot which leaves me feeling nonplussed

What? Not memory stick. I'm honestly surprised.
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[User Picture]From: crucially
2006-09-27 05:27 pm (UTC)
The PDF part of it.

But yes, everything else about it is pure evil. But damnit, I want to replace a lot of my normal books with PDF books.
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[User Picture]From: obra
2006-09-27 05:42 pm (UTC)
Hip euro-startups building the competition, are, however, not evil.

http://www.irextechnologies.com/products/iliad

I saw one at euro-oscon. Dear god was it sexy.
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[User Picture]From: crucially
2006-09-27 06:14 pm (UTC)
810 USD and 2 seconds to turn a page...

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[User Picture]From: jered
2006-09-27 05:39 pm (UTC)
It looks semi-evil. If you provide your own content, it's not evil. If you use their store, it is evil.

Please get one and tell us how it is!
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[User Picture]From: deflatermouse
2006-09-27 06:11 pm (UTC)
If I stopped (with strong anti-Sony lobbying from you, I might add) myself using the exchange rate to pick up a cheapo PSP in SF because of Sony evilness then you can resist this.
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[User Picture]From: crucially
2006-09-27 06:14 pm (UTC)
But the PSP is just evil, this can read PDFs!

But yes, I can resist this and the Sony IM device.
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[User Picture]From: 2shortplanks
2006-09-28 11:23 am (UTC)
But the PSP can be used to watch ripped DVDs, which when you think about it, is pretty much the same thing.

I'd skip e-readers for a few generations. They're too expensive and too easy (compared to a book) to break.
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[User Picture]From: substitute
2006-09-27 06:27 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure but I think that's what Torgo has. He has a new ebook reader he loves.
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[User Picture]From: jtrevino
2006-09-27 06:32 pm (UTC)

yup

It's evil. But so are you, so...

;)
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[User Picture]From: mart
2006-09-27 07:08 pm (UTC)

Rumour has it that it can't actually render PDFs but instead converts them to some other format using their Windows software as part of the uploading process. I can't find any definite answer one way or another, but that would certainly be a show-stopper for me if it were the case.

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