Tuesday, March 10, 2009
E-book week part 2
I've added more e-book links to the right. Notice the link for books by Pauline Baird Jones. Ms. Jones is an award winning author, gadget geek extraordinaire, and our guest today. I haven't read all her books -yet. I read and loved The Key.
CP: Welcome Pauline to my humble blog.
PBJ: Thank you. I'm happy to be here.
CP: I hear you have three different e-book readers. Is that true?
PBJ: I'm afraid that's old news. I now have four. It's not as bad as it sounds. One was a gift. One started life as a phone and new features were introduced later. I use them all for different tasks and/or situations.
CP: Do you have a favorite?
PBJ: Oh wow. I like them all! I got the ebookwise first. I like it because it is fast and easy to use. It has backlighting and you can make notes on the screen. I like to load my MIP and read it and be able to make notes. You can also easily jump around a document. You can get books through a usb cable OR through a phone line (you can shop using the phone line) If you're looking for an affordable reader, then its a great option. Battery lasts about ten hours, but you can boost that by adjusting the back light settings.
The Sony Reader was a gift from my sister and it's pretty cool. The screen has to be seen to be believed. The battery lasts several days, because it has no backlighting. I can sort my books into collections myself. The more books I load, the slower the start up (still faster than a computer) and it took me a while to figure how to move around inside a book. You can do it, but not as quickly as the ebookwise. I can load my own docs, but not make notes.
Both have dictionary function that will let you look up words. Both allow you to adjust text size and have a nice, reading screen.
My iPhone is my baby. My kids had them before I did and I sighed in envy, but my trusty Treo was still working. Well, it died quite suddenly and very abruptly and my hubby told me to get an iPhone, I'd had a tough year. He was so sweet. I still wouldn't have done it, though, if the salesman hadn't assured me that e-reading was on the way. I had to wait a couple of months for the big applications releases. The iPhone has a big screen for a smart phone. The touch screen is easy to use and you can adjust the font size. It can't go into huge print, because the screen is still smaller than a regular book. I use eReader, but I also have Stanza loaded. I can browse for books in Safari and download them through the program, or shop by computer and connect the iPhone and download.
If you don't require a book-like experience and want a multi function device, the iPhone is a great choice (or Palm has a nice smart phone for $99). I like it because I can listen to music while I read. I mean the iPhone does everything an iPod does, so it has all that. I'm lucky I can read a smaller screen because I had Lasik some years back and got mono vision. Obviously my cell is with me all the time, so that's nice. I like having the chance to read if I suddenly find myself waiting.
My Kindle2 just arrived and I haven't spent much quality time with it yet.
All four readers fit into my purse, with the iPhone, the easiest, the Sony Reader and Kindle2 next and the ebookwise last (its the heaviest of the devices and the bulkiest).
I tell people the choice depends on what you HAVE to have. If you want a more book-like experience, then the Sony Reader is the one you want. If you want multi function, a smart phone is the way to go. If you're concerned about price, but want a dedicated reader, ebookwise is a great option.
One device I've been watching is a phone, that has an eInk screen that rolls out for a larger reading screen, then rolls back into a nice, small phone. But as far as I can tell, its not for sale yet.
CP: Are you at the top of the the waiting list?
PBJ: I wish. Too bad they're not looking for beta testers (smiles).
CP: I know your Kindle2 is very new. I'd like you to come back and share some thoughts on it once you've had a chance to play with it.
PBJ: Thanks. I'd like that.
CP: Do you have any parting words of wisdom?
PBJ: A good place to get info about ereaders is EPIC. Published authors can join for $30. They also have lots of good information for people interested in e-publishing. They hold a conference every year and they always have reader demos.
CP: Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts
PBJ: I had fun. I always enjoy talking about the tools of the trade.
Pauline Baird Jones is the award-winning author of eight novels of action-adventure, suspense, romantic suspense and comedy-mystery. She's also written two non-fiction books, Adapting Your Novel for Film and Made-up Mayhem. Her seventh novel, Out of Time, an action-adventure romance set in World War II, is an EPPIE 2007 winner. Her eighth novel, The Key, released in 2007 from LL Dreamspell and won a Independent Book Award Bronze Medal (IPPY) for 2008 and 2007 Dream Realm Awards Winner. She also has short stories in several anthologies.
And now it's your turn. Do you have a favorite e-reader or e-book? If yes, please use the comments link below to tell us about it.