I’ve have my Sony Reader for a couple of weeks now, and the novelty still hasn’t worn off!
I had to go to the doctor’s the other day, and instead of thinking about what reading material to bring, I just grabbed my reader – and yes, that was its first trip out of the house. LOL. I was terrified that someone would bump into my bag and break it. I haven’t yet figured out how robust it is. Having said that, I knocked it off the table the other day and had a minor panic attack, thinking I had broken it. But no, it’s fine, so I figure it can stand up to minor knocks.
I can’t get over how easy it is to buy new books now. I’m trying very hard to exercise self-restraint. Err… on the other hand, actually getting the books on my reader – that’s another story. I completely forgot how to convert HTML books to the Sony format yesterday, and spent 20 minutes becoming very frustrated. I probably should jot down “how-to” notes for myself.
See, that’s the downside of ebooks. Conversion. And that’s why I would never get an ebook reader as a present for say, my mum, who’s just figured out email. I consider myself pretty computer-literate but I spent a good two hours on the internet when I first got my reader, trying to figure out what formats I could download and how to convert them. Just thinking about how I would explain that to my mum makes me shudder.
And oh, the Sony ebook store. How badly designed is that! I couldn’t even figure out how to search for books at first. They need to sort out their user interface – it’s so non-intuitive. On the other hand, I think the Baen ebook store is fantastic. I love their policy of offering non-DRM’d books in multiple formats and buying and downloading books from them is super-easy.
Oh, I’m a complete ebook convert.