"great for people who hate latptops and need to read"4.0 starson by ken30307
Pros: excellent screen, intuitive controls, coolness factor
Cons: sceen a little slow, lack of rss feeds (except those on the sony site)
Summary: Okay, I read the other reviews AFTER I got the reader...so I opened the box carefully fully expecting to take it RIGHT back to the store.
As a person who reads a LOT for a living (college professor), I've always wanted something that I could put the journal articles, student papers, references, books, reference websites...all into something I can Carry with me. Sure I can use a laptop, but I (like many others) hate reading on a laptop, and my Treo is too small (I've recently switched to a Blackberry Pearl..even smaller).
I experienced the same things others reported about the small font, and then thought..I wonder if I can just make the font bigger... I'm lucky to have Acrobat Professional, so I just told it to save as screen size 3x5 and remove the white space from the margins (simple to do, I'm not that good with stuff like that..trust me) and low and behold...big, crisp fonts on the screen.
A few minutes later, I'd downloaded 30 journal articles, 5 web books (right click with Acrobat professional will even convert the links into an acrobat file of the size I want) and now my sony reader is chock full of the stack of books, lecture notes, student papers, and articles I'd been carrying around.
Do I wish I could edit the documents? Yes! Do I wish the screen was color? Yes! Do I wish it had a back light? Yes..play movies? external speaker, wireless connection, make my breakfast, wash my car? YES YES YES...But hey..I does one thing pretty well..and that's one thing better than a lot of gadgets I've purchased.
I just wanted to address these few things for those who are concerned about the PDF support