William Stanek: Intermission: Out of the gate, now what?


William Stanek: Intermission: Out of the gate, now what?

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William here. Happy Thanksgiving (a bit early I know ;-) As I promised my kids I’d do nothing useful this week, I’m going to keep this discussion in the realm of non-work. With that in mind, this post contains nothing useful. Nothing, absolutely nothing, I promise you.

So if you’re averse to the non-useful, stop reading now. Don’t continue. Stop.

Really, I mean it. If you are heading out early so you can meet up with family and friends for the holiday, don’t read another word. Not another word. Not one. Don’t continue. Don’t. Abort I tell you. Abort.

Still with me? Okay, I know a few of you are. Sort of like the BIG red “Don’t Push Me” button. The kid in you wants to push it; the adult in you tries to convince you otherwise.

Speaking of the kid in you, have you delved into the world of e-readers and e-books lately? I’ve been immersed in it lately and let me tell you, I feel like a kid in a candy store. Below I’ve included pictures of my favorite e-readers. From left to right, they are: the Sony PRS-505, the Barnes & Noble Nook, the Amazon Kindle 2, and the Sony PRS-900.

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Why these e-readers? Well, the PRS-505 is the first e-reader I really loved. Before the PRS-505, I really did NOT enjoy reading on e-reader devices. I also like the PRS-505 because it has two expansion card slots: one expansion slot for Sony Memory Stick Duo or Pro Duo cards up to 16 GB and one expansion slot for SD, SDHC, or miniSD cards up to 16 GB. Having two expansion slots, and a full 32 GB of space, has meant that I could carry around a fairly comprehensive library with me wherever I went and that has helped me balance the need for “guilty pleasure” reads with more literary reads like Shakespeare’s plays, including Othello, Hamlet, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. My own books (in fiction) also were first released in formats optimized for the 8 grayscale levels of the Sony PRS-505.

In the rapidly changing marketplace for e-readers, the Nook, Kindle 2 and PRS-900 are the latest entrants. All three provide wireless shopping for books and downloads over 3G networks, at no additional cost.

The Nook combines a 6” e-ink VizPlex display with a 1 1/2" x 3 1/2” color LCD touchscreen. The device has 2 GB internal and also supports a microSD card up to 16 GB. For listening to spoken word audio, the device includes a mono speaker. For listening to music and other audio, the device includes a stereo headphone jack.

The Kindle 2 combines a 6” e-ink VizPlex display with a built-in keyboard. Although the device has no expansion slots, it does have 2GB of internal storage and a browser you can use for accessing the web. For listening to music and other audio, the device includes a stereo headphone jack and built-in stereo speakers.

The PRS-900 has a 7” e-ink VizPlex display with touch screen. The device has 2 GB internal storage and dual expansion slots: one for Sony Memory Stick Duo or Pro Duo cards up to 32 GB and one expansion slot for SD, SDHC, or miniSD cards up to 32 GB.

Let’s hope Santa puts one of these in your stocking! If he does, I hope you’ll share your reading experience with me and let me know what you are reading.

Thank you for hanging in there and reading! Happy Thanksgiving!

williamstanek at aol dot com

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  • Another great article. Re your comment about "kid in a candy store" I'm feeling the same way. All of these technical innovations are giant user experience achievements. I'd argue that we've only seen the beginning.

  • Thank you! I always feel like a kid in a candy store when I write about tech I love ;-)

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