What did you get for Christmas? Anything good? What you wanted?
I did. My darling wife got me my latest must-have gadget: The Sony Reader.
This is just brilliant (assuming you like to read that is). If you haven’t heard of it before you’ll be wondering what the heck it is. Well, I guess you can describe it as like an iPod, but for books instead of music. About the size of a slim paperback, this silver metallic gizmo can store hundreds of books with its expandable memory, and displays the pages on a screen that has to be seen to be appreciated. The things with devices like this usually is that the display tends to be backlit like a laptop screen, and lengthy reading sessions on a display like that can be strenuous on the eyes. The Sony Reader doesn’t use backlighting: instead it has its own technology which it calls e-Ink. I don’t know how they do it but the end result is that the screen looks just like a printed page from a book, so you can read on and on and on without getting a headache.
The device can also store music (so you can listen to your favourite album while reading the latest blockbuster) and can even display photos, albeit in black & white. It also comes with a CD containing 100 classic books, including works by Shakespeare, Dickens, and the Brontes to get you started, and then you can browse numerous online eBook stores for more modern titles.
If you’re a bookworm and like the idea of being able to carry over a hundred books in your pocket you should check it out.