Hi I am thinking of getting the ebook reader from Sony. Anyone got one? Or any other device? I dont like reading books on laptop and palm pilot was just too small. I do love having a paper book, but live in a very small house and always give books away to friends after reading them. This might solve the problem of regretting giving books away when I feel like rereading them.
goodie2shoes, I don't own one, but I have played with a Kindle and I have to say it is HORRIBLE. One of the most badly-designed pieces of equipment it has every been my misfortune to encounter.
The Sony Reader has had a lot of vvvv positive reviews - their marketing dept deserve a medal for the number of litbloggers and publishing columnists they have managed to get one out to. I think it sold out in Waterstone's, but I believe the "exclusive" was limited to a fortnight and it's going to be more widely available soon.
Know nuffink about the Iliad but it looks overpriced.
And... the Frankfurt book fair supplement in the Bookseller last week had a tantalising note about one on "e-Paper" which I think it claims is flexible in a similar way to paper or sumfink. That's the one I'm watching, personally.
Ahem. Sorry, I should have warned you that I have got borderline obsessive about this :-)
PS yes the Kindle is only available in the US so far, although I could have sworn there were noises about a UK autumn launch (although they probably called it 'fall' ha ha). I've a feeling there is something funny about your being able to buy a Kindle with a UK credit card, but you can't buy any content....
I can't decide whether pricing the electronic versions the same as paper is "shooting themselves in the foot" or "restraining demand until the supply chain [for the devices] can keep up" (um, and until they've had an opportunity to actually get the price point etc. right).
This is publishing, after all, so I suspect the former