Shannon Stacey

Dear Mr S(anta): I don't want a Sony Pocket Reader

It occurred to me the other day Santa might think I want something for Christmas I don’t actually want.

How does this happen? You know how sometimes, close to Christmas, you get a little hypersensitive to the things your loved ones spend extra time looking at in stores? Maybe they dawdle over it, or keep going to back to it.

I realized that during our shopping expeditions, my husband has seen me spend a great deal of time playing with the Sony Reader display units. It probably looks to him as though I’m coveting.

I’m not. The 505 is in fine shape and already plays second fiddle to my iPod Touch. I don’t need another one.

What I’m doing is fixing them. People want to play with them but, not knowing how they work, tend to randomly hit buttons and screw them all up. I set the demo units back to a real page—usually a full-text page from the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy excerpt—so they look their best.

Really, it’s in my best interest to make e-readers look as attractive as possible to the shopping public, right?

I hope I don’t end up with one under the Christmas tree.

3 comments to “Dear Mr S(anta): I don't want a Sony Pocket Reader”

  1. Kwana
      · December 19th, 2009 at 5:40 pm · Link

    Cute post. The pocket is lovely and I too play with it whenever I see it but I’m happy with my 505. I told my hubby that I’d like a new cover though the one with the light. that was I can read late in bed and in the car while waiting for the daughter at dance.

  2. Shannon
      · December 19th, 2009 at 6:34 pm · Link

    I have this one: (eBay link)

    I don’t use it. The lit panel is really cool and does illuminate the page, but it also warps/blurs/something the text just enough so my eyes don’t like it. Not a lot, and maybe I’d get used to it, but I don’t care to. You can swing the light panel to the left, out of the way, when you’re reading in good light. It has two different light levels, which is nice. But, with the light screen and the center swivel assembly and the batteries, it’s heavy. Probably not quite average hardcover heavy, but heavier than I like.

    I use a cheapo Walmart clip-on light, clipped to the standard cover it came with.

    Maybe you’d love it, but I figured I’d throw my two cents in. They’re not super pricey now that the model they fit’s been discontinued, but it’s still 4 or 5 books worth of $.

  3. Annmarie
      · December 19th, 2009 at 8:06 pm · Link

    I picked out my own presents and am currently wearing them. My DH professes to have ‘no clue’ what to buy me. I’m ok with that. He provides a very nice stocking filled with cookies, candies and cold weather extras like scarves or gloves.

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