In May, my generous, thoughtful brother-in-law gave us a Sony e-reader for our anniversary. He’s been very supportive of my writing and thought we would enjoy it. Back then, however, I was immersed in a tight editing deadline while working a day job. By July the deadline was met, but we were off on a short vacation, and then more time passed. After an interesting discussion with my writers’ group this week, though, and a hands-on look at Sony's and Kindle’s readers, I was inspired to take ours out of its dusty box. With the help of our son, we set up an account with the Sony store and in less than five minutes had purchased three books. To my delight, I also had several free excerpts already downloaded onto the reader.
I’m now happily navigating my way around this little beauty. Mine doesn’t have a backlight, which is fine because I don’t really want one. A writing colleague mentioned that she has less eye strain with no backlight compared to reading on her computer.
So far I’m loving my Sony. I can change text size, move it from vertical to horizontal, and bookmark where I left off, for starters. Also, the bottom of the screen gives me the page number. There’s even a little orientation I can try. I still have many print books on my TBR pile, so I don’t see myself switching completely for a long time, if at all. Even those who own e-readers in my group still love the feel of a book in their hands, but they also love the convenience of popping their readers in their purses when traveling rather than carrying a suitcase loaded with paperbacks. The only question now is how much of a budget I should set for the e-books I plan to purchase?
Do any of you have a reader? If so, what brand, and what do you like about it? I’d love to hear your experiences and tips to get the best out of this wondrous gadget.
My Vancouver-based, Alex Bellamy mysteries can be purchased at
FATAL ENCRYPTION, http://tinyurl.com/ddzsxl
TAXED TO DEATH, http://tinyurl.com/czsy5n