I am late to the world of eReaders.
I always wanted one, sure. But with an iPad and an iPhone, I considered it a “want” and not a “need.” If I really needed to read on a screen, I could use my iPad or my iPhone — right???
Well, in theory, yes. But in reality, I rarely ever did. The iPhone was too small and the iPad was too heavy to add to all the technology I already pack around when I am traveling — never mind the fact that I never get to see my iPad because my kids stole it from me long ago.
So, when Sony sent me their Sony Reader PRS-T2, I was thrilled. Finally, I could easily read eBooks.
But I was shocked how much I LOVED my Sony Reader — and how indispensable I have realized my Reader is!
My Sony Reader solves a number of my reading dilemmas:
The Sony Reader PRS-T2 is LIGHT. So darn light. Without worrying if my Reader is going to weigh down my purse or add too much bulk, I can throw it in my bag whether I am heading to the airport or out for a coffee.
I rarely traveled with my iPad because, with all my camera gear and my laptop, I was already packing so much technology. My Sony Reader is lighter than a magazine or a paperback.
I like to read in bed. Who doesn’t, right? Reading with my Sony Reader is even more comfortable than reading a “real” book or magazine, because it is so light and easy to manipulate. Plus, the glare-free screen doesn’t tire my eyes at all.
Did I mention I never get to see my iPad? When expensive tablets get commandeered by kids, having my own e-Reader isn’t nearly as much of a financial investment as getting an additional tablet would be.
As well, eBooks cost less than hard copies AND I can borrow them simply from the Public Library. Yes, FREE baby! It is so easy — all we need is a library card. The Public Library app on the Reader allows us to borrow books so fast, we may never step into a library again. (And for people like me who can never seem to get back to the library before my books are overdue, well, borrowing eBooks saves me even more money.)
The first thing I did when I got my Sony Reader was to head to the Reader Store and purchase The Bloggess’ book, “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened.” Ever since Jenny’s book came out, I have meant to pick it up at the bookstore.
The convenience of downloading the books I want in seconds is wonderful. And oh yes, Jenny Lawson’s book is fabulous. A must buy.
The Reader PRS-T2 includes new Facebook® and Evernote® features. Now, we can post short passages from books purchased from Reader™ Store to Facebook directly from the device along with the book cover, author and title.
And perhaps even cooler, Sony combined features from Evernote to allow us to save our favorite web content to enjoy any time. Evernote’s Web Clipper allows saving content with a click, and pages saved with Evernote Clearly are optimized for Reader’s crisp E-Ink display. We can also save favorite passages back to Evernote to view later on any smartphone, tablet or PC.
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Written by Janice Croze, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom.