I’ve been waiting for aaaages for Sony to launch their ebook reader in Australia, and today they finally announced it.
The Reader—it boggles my mind how Sony could possibly have trademarked such a common word—features the E-Ink Pearl display, which I believe is the same type of screen that the newest Kindles have.
Book Bee has all the details, the most important being that the Reader will integrate with REDgroup’s online bookshops, which includes Borders Australia. The device will be sold at Borders (online and bricks and mortar shops), Angus and Robertson, Myer, Sony Style stores and Sony centres.
Update: CNET reports that Readers will start from $229.
Personally, it’s been very difficult to keep myself from buying the latest Kindle. It’s just so cheap and there’s the convenience of shopping for books straight from the device. But the Sony has it’s selling points for me—I’ve given up on the BeBook because of the price—so here’s my very rough, quite unscientific comparison of the two devices (green is good; red is not).
- Cheap (without 3G it’s US$139 + shipping)
- Wireless capability
- Synchronises with multiple devices (iPad, Android phone)
- Closed ecosystem — it’s hackable, but that decreases convenience
- Proprietary format
- Stupid micro fees — meaning I’ll probably use wireless only when I’m desperate
- Touchscreen — I can’t stress enough how important this is for me
- Supports Adobe Digital Editions — required if and when my library starts an ebook lending program
- Comes in girlie colours (pink for the 5″ model; red for the 6″ model)
- Based on US prices, I expect the 6″ model will be about twice as much as the cheapest Kindle
- No wireless capability at all
- No synchronisation
Yes, the Reader comes in pink. That almost tips the balance for me.
Do you own the Kindle, the Reader or both? What are the pros and cons? (And I’m most interested in the negative aspects so I can determine if I can live with them!)