Sony Wants No Part of Emerging eBook Reader Price War

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JohnP

 My next E-Book reader after having my SONY 505 Reader for a couple of years now. Amazon Kindle 2 has everything right except E-Pub compatibility (thanks, Jeff, for trying to own the e-book format with your .amz propritary crap).

SONY, are you listening?

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dcrail

What?  Sony doesn't want to drop their prices?  Shocking.

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ProtoJMB

And this is why Sony fails...

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Michael Ellis

I know we are nowhere near there, but I have an eReader. It exudes a constant sense of cheapness due mostly to its digital ink screen which reminds me of the paper inserts that are used in demos. Because of this feeling of cheapness, I think it will be necessary to lower prices darastically in order to avoid giving customers a sense of being ripped off. Furthermore, the e-ink thing really is unnecessary. Given a choice between a Droid Incredible with a kindle app and my e-reader, I would just go for the Droid. There is nothing difficult about reading from a cell phone screen. As a result, the e-ink screens become a convenience rather than a necessity subsequently requiring lower prices to justify buying them.

At least that is my opinion.

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JohnP

 LCDs have been around for 20 years, E-Ink for two. In those two years, E-Book readers have took off in a stratospheric rise. Why just now? It's because reading a book on E-Ink is a great experience and reading for any length of time on an LCD screen sucks.

   Before comdeming an entire technology tree, just try reading a book for 4 hours straight on a Droid. You will soon find out why E-Ink has sold so many readers.

 

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violian

I'm really interested in the new and upcoming $139 Amazon Kindle. The upcoming Kindle has superior hardware compared to the Sony's, and at half the retail price. The Kindle also has more support/backing from major publishers.

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snerb

My mother-in-law has been thrugh 2 different eReaders since Xmas.  She loves the product but how do you lump the "quality" statement in there.  I'm sure she would have a few choice words for Sony on this one.

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mourngrym1969

$99

 

It's a utility device for reading text. Display of basic greyscale graphics is nice, but ultimately, I am reading books. I want a 7"+ display, clearly viewable indoors and out for $99 with WiFi (3g is convenient but largely unnecessary). Anything more and it either needs significantly more functionality (color, email, browsing, video) or I won't buy it.

 

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essjay22

Ditto. anything after that will buy me a hellofa lot of real books  that i don't have to worry about dropping breaking losing charging etc.

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sojrner

For an ereader, touch is not needed IMO. (smudges on a screen I'm reading annoy me) Currently I've tested the sonys and a nook as well looked at a kindle. The sony is lagging behind in (for me) the all important contrast and response. They are losing in a market that they really started.

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JohnP

 Yeah, SONY bit themselves when they overlaid the touch screen on the E-Ink display and brought the contrast way down. That is why E-Ink just came out with Pearl screen which has much more contrast (new Kindles have it). It should allow a touch screen to be added without losing the reading experience.

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