The Sony eReader is all that I expected in a electronic book minus the fact that Sony is completely blowing it!
I love the fact that the new E-Ink technology allows my eyes to read for hours and not become fatigued due to back-lighting, the small size and weight at 9 ounces is superb, and the fact that I could download 10,000 books on this technical marvel would be OUTSTANDING if I could actually download the books from a computer I own. Let me back up.
This really caught my eye last year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas at the Sony booth. While everyone else was more fascinated in playing the Playstation 3 or taking in the musical groups on stage, I had a chance to talk to one of the lead designers on this baby for like 30 minutes before we just ran out of things to say. But, it was fascinating...if I understand him right, Sony will continue to load new works to it's online book store, Connect. Meanwhile the software should undergo updates and potentially have the ability to add notes directly to the book itself, besides being able to bookmark endless pages right now. I have been jonesing for this puppy the entire year, which as far as geek-toys and me is concerned is like 7 dog years.
But, I digress. The real problem lies in the fact that they have not developed a working software interface for the Apple system which leaves me "up the creek" as far as loading content all the time, like new books and RSS feeds which the device is also designed to handle. I am willing to wait as I have access to PC's on occasion and could load my works from there. But, tonight I tried to load the program on a PC I have at home and to no avail...it cannot connect to the internet due to some horrible PC mystery which apparently would require an actual programmer to unravel.
So, here I sit waiting on the developers to work me into their system or at least answer the email I have sent or answer the service line I have called. Call me nuts, but Sony doesn't seem to have a lot going for it these days in the realm of people-friendly hardware interface or delivery, and for the price of this puppy I would assume they would be working overtime to develop better relationships with early adopters. All in all...I would highly recommend you waiting before jumping in with both feet and purchasing one. Hopefully, they will continue to work on the device and systems it supports.