BBC News Critiques Sony Reader

Beautiful, perfect, supreme chunk of paper

The article is absolutely ludicrous, at one point comparing the Sony Reader (and by extension, all eBooks) to a frikkin luxury book with a price of — I. Am. Not. Kidding. — $155,000!

One book.

How many people have $155,000 libraries in their homes?!

There’s also a video, which should be watched instead. Although he raises some valid points about screen glare, it does seem as if he goes out of his way to find negatives.

He never points out, for example, that the text can be enlarged!

He also, in the video, makes the point about the Sony Reader being dropped in water or being a magnet for muggers.

Perhaps so. But what really can’t be ruined by water? He actually drops a printed book in water. As if he’d want to read the crinkled and bloated pages afterwards! Yeah, right!

And muggers will target people for any reason. But I think they’d especially target someone carrying around a $155,000 book!

What I suggest some of this latter resistance is about is the price of the Sony Reader. I want to see it at an impulse-buy price of US$99.00.

I’m hoping — probably beyond all hope — that on October 2, Sony will announce a new version of the Sony Reader. And also announce that the current model will remain on sale but with a true slashing of its price (down to US$199, at least — but US$149.00 would be thrilling!!).

And the last point raised in the video is just exasperating. He bemoans the disappearance of shelves of print books in homes.

Question: Did he make the same stupid complaint over music from iTunes downloads replacing shelves of Compact Discs?

Reviews like these are based in nothing more than fear. Fear of the future.

Dinosaurs!


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4 Comments on “BBC News Critiques Sony Reader”

  1. nimbus Says:

    WTF is wrong with you. Why are you some damn happy about eBooks. It’s a frickin’ book.

  2. mikecane Says:

    “some damn happy”?

    *smirk*

    Go read my other posts. Here’s the short version:

    1) No fucking WEIGHT
    2) No fucking BULK
    3) No fucking BOXING
    4) No fucking LUGGING
    5) No fucking UNBOXING
    6) No fucking TAKING UP ALL MY ROOM
    7) And lower fucking PRICES if the eejits wake up


  3. Mike, forget the BBC. They’ve become the propaganda arm of the British Government. They’re funded by a compulsory licence fee — if you watch TV here (I don’t), you have to pay $250 a year to the BBC for the privilege or face court action and a potential $1800 fine!

    What used to be an authoritative voice has become little more than a bad joke.

    Fear of the future? More like fear of the present. TV audience figures are dropping like a stone, and there’s a resurgence of reading … the programmes are that bad.

  4. mikecane Says:

    Well, I’m gobsmacked that you showed up here, Richard! I hope you’ll stay in the game now!


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