I’ll admit it—I’m an iPod Touch cheerleader. When Apple served up the Kool-Aid, I gulped it down and said, “Can I have some more, please?”
I absolutely love reading ebooks on the iTouch. Backlit, crisp screen, fits perfectly in my hand so I can read and swipe to the turn the pages one-handed. There was absolutely nothing I’d complain about (other than Harlequin not caring to give millions and millions of iPod Touch users a format, but that’s not Apple’s fault).
Usually I don’t read while taking Mini out. She’s a very sneaky dog who will pretend to go potty so she can get a treat, then five minutes later go out and go potty. Another treat. I have to watch her pretty closely to avoid falling for her bathroom shenanigans. But I was in the middle of reading a great scene, so I hooked her leash on and opened the door (which I could without looking up from my book because, hey, one-handed reading).
The second I stepped out the door I could no longer see the screen. Not good.
I don’t go to the beach, but we do go up to camp every other weekend from late April to mid-November, and that’s my leisure time. That’s when I get to sit on the deck and read for two days (when I’m not playing in the mud), and since I’ve been digital-only in 2009, that’s a serious problem. My deck has an awning, but it’s…more of a filter, I guess. I have a lot of trouble seeing my laptop screen on the deck, so I don’t see how it would be different for the iTouch.
Enter the e-ink device. The Sony Reader, specifically. Do. Not. Want. I don’t want another device. I don’t want another format. I don’t want another USB cord I have to tape a sticky note label around because I have 239 USB cords. I don’t want another power adapter.
I repeat: Do. Not. Want.
But you can read them in the sun. Bright sunlight, even.
But $300? Three. Hundred. Dollars. (I’m looking at the 505.) One nice thing about it—it won’t consign the iTouch to the Techno-Scrap Heap, like the iTouch did to the Palm TX. (My Alphasmart and a shiny new Asus eee900a also reside there.) My entire life is now managed by iTouch apps, so nothing will replace it.
I’d probably have more options: Access to Kindle-deliciousness through the iTouch. For the Sony, Harlequin ebooks, which I can’t read right now thanks to them not caring about the millions and millions of iPod Touch owners. (I’m not bitter. Do I sound bitter?) And I’d be able to read at camp.
But another device? A three-hundred-dollar one?