A light-weight and extremely portable e-reader
How the Sony Reader made me get library cards for the entire family
It’s hard to admit it but as a lover of all things tech, the hardest transition for me was switching from a paper book to a digital book. I’ve downloaded oodles of e-books online and would print them out when it was time to read them. I just couldn’t focus on the big computer monitor long enough to get through the entire book.
Fast forward a few years later and tablets came to the scene and I’ve tried them all from the original Nook, to the Nook Color, the Kindle, the iPad and most recently the Sony Reader. My biggest issue with most of the devices is that they were just too heavy to sustain long bouts of reading.
Paperback books are not only lightweight but you can easily throw it in your purse, the back of the car or toss it in the beach back whenever you need to. Another issue I have experienced with many tablets is that they are so hard to read in direct daylight, I can’t even read them with my shades on. When do you have that problem with a paper book?
When the Sony Reader came in the mail, I was sure I would have the same issues with this reader that I experienced with the others.
But to my surprise, I did not.
Out of the books the Sony Reader is very light weight. I don’t have a paperback book to compare it to, because they are all in boxes still, but I’m sure they are very similar in weight. It’s very thin device and the E-Ink display allows you to read even under bright sun. You won’t be able to read it in the dark, but you can always purchase a book light for those instances.
I ordered one book for myself at the Sony eBook store and I was able to start reading in just a couple of minutes. During the day I rarely have time to read, so I’ve been taking the reader with me while running errands and will pull it up whenever I have some waiting time.
One of my favorite features about the Sony Reader is the ability to borrow library books digitally. This is where I’ll have to admit a secret. I’ve never taking the kids to the library outside of school. My mom was a kindergarten teacher and gave us so many books for the kids we never really needed to.
But since you need a library card in order to borrow digital books we decided to get a library card. Yes the e-reader forced me to get a library card! It was a bit of a pain because I didn’t have the proper proof of residence with me during my first visit, so I had to go back.
I borrowed books for both kids and one for me. The only disadvantage was that most of the books I wanted were already out, so I had to put myself on a waiting list. They are supposed to email me when the books are available again, so we shall see how that works.
I let my daughter try out the Sony Reader to read one of her books and she liked it. She even read most her book.
The only thing that was a little frustrating with the reader was that screen would flicker whenever you move to another section/function of the device.
Which was a little annoying because I actually thought it was a default – but apparently it how the e-ink screens work. It’s not as noticeable when you are flipping through the pages/screens of a book.
Overall the Sony Reader is the perfect reader when you are looking for something light-weight and easy to read even in the brightest light. I didn’t use it much for surfing the internet, except for downloading books.
I’m looking for more books to download/borrow, what are your favorites?
Disclosure: I was selected for participation in the Sony VIP Mom Program. While I did not receive any compensation for writing this post, I did receive the product mentioned in order to write the review. The opinions expressed herein are mine, and do not reflect the views of the Sony.