Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Making progress on my Sony ebook reader woes

As I lamented earlier, my beloved Sony 505 ebook reader had slipped into a coma. It had refused to turn on, and I suspected that its battery was no longer able to take a charge. After a week of ignoring the problem I decided to plug it in and charge it again. I left it plugged in all night. In the morning, it actually turned on! I cleared out a couple of ebooks, suspecting that maybe I had filled up its memory. I have yet to try plugging it into the library management software on my computer through the USB cord. This action was what prompted the coma. I'll take this next step eventually. Maybe I will try loading that update for the software that I have been ignoring for a while.

While my Sony 505 was flirting with death, I had time to consider what I would buy if I had to get a new ebook reader. I of course considered the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes & Noble Nook. Although I like shopping at Amazon, I do not appreciate the limited formats that it will accept. The Nook was more attractive because it accepts epub files, which are emerging as a cross-platform standard. It is always better to have an ebook file that can be used on multiple devices long term instead of a device-specific format like the books for the Kindle. However, I still remained attracted to the Sony ebook reader product because of its broad ability to use several formats. As a writer, I often like to toss raw manuscripts into my Sony ebook reader without having to fuss with converting them to something else. My Sony can read a rich text format document saved out of Word, and that remains an attractive feature for my purposes.

Hopefully I will be able to nurse my Sony into a full recovery so I don't have to spend money on a new one. It was fun daydreaming about getting a new ebook reader though. It has been a while since I bought a new gadget.