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.