Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Sony Reader vs Amazon Kindle

I bought a Sony Reader Digital Book few years ago when it was first introduced. I used it back then as I was traveling, but did not use it again until lately. I did not feel I was ready to let go of the touch and feel of a physical book. I was forced to use the digital reader lately because the book I am reading is too hefty to carry around for travel. So it came in handy which made me more open to letting go of physical books.


Lately Sony released a new version of the Reader Digital Book which is even slimmer and more stylish. Even though Sony is the first comer in digital books, Amazon came up with Kindle which is gaining popularity and could become to books what ipod is to music. After some research about the two products I came to the following verdict:


– Sony Reader offers more stylish and slim design. The functionality is better. You can download books through Sony store similar to itunes store concept by connecting to your PC. It accepts documents of different formats such as word and pdf.


– Amazon Kindle offers better connectivity (wireless download in the US) and access to larger library of books. It has more tools such as dictionary and wikipedia directly through the web. Also you can highlight text and attach notes.


The main attraction of Amazon Kindle is more bells and whistles and larger library. Yet the hardware design and functionality are lacking. I am sticking to my Sony Reader for now.

12 comments:

q8diet said...

Can i use kindle in Kuwait? I think we cant. I am more into sony physically but the kindle supports as u mentioned more books which at the end this is what matters

bu ziyad said...

Unfortunately you cannot use the wireless function outside the US at this point.

Beyond Q8iya said...

i think they're so useful.. but i dont wanna break up with my books.. the plus is haveing access to so many books at the same time..

do you purchase and d/l ur books on ur sony ?

bu ziyad said...

beyond: yup there is a software that comes with the reader similar to itunes for ipods and in it you can access the store and purchase books. I understand your feeling about giving up real books I felt the same, but the more advanced and easy to use those digital readers get I think the shift will happen.

Anonymous said...

Guys I have a sony reader for a month now. And I am really happy with it. Small, useful and I've already had some 46 000 e-books. (This is almost a library of a town). I also "upgraded" the software to handle special characters (eastern european type) and managed to modify the icons. It looks better now. I also saw the Kindle but did not like.That also looks good,but not as "elegant" as the sony one.

Darya said...

is the sony reader 700 available in Kuwait?

bu ziyad said...

I have not seen it in Kuwait. But it is available in London Heathrow airport, maybe in Dubai or online.

Anonymous said...

im from kuwait and just order sony reader book can i use it as any body in us use it or iwill have some difficulty?

Anonymous said...

im from kuwait and iwant to know if ican use sony reader book in kuwait?

bu ziyad said...

I think to buy books online from the Sony store you need to have US or UK visa and billing address(they have US and UK sites). I am not sure if you can use Kuwaiti credit card to buy books or if there is another way. This is the only issue.

Anonymous said...

i have the Kindle, i cant seen to get it to work?? anyone has one that works in Kuwait and how did u get it to work?

bu ziyad said...

The wireless function does not work outside the US. You have buy the book through amazon site and transfer to your computer then connect your kindle to your computer through the wire that comes with it and transfer the content from your computer to your kindle.