Sony Reader reflective commentary

I’ve finished my reflective commentary on using the Sony Reader in my graduate seminar and on possible redesigns for the Reader. I thought I’d share my commentary here. It’s a bit long (11.5 pages), so I’m attaching it to this post as a PDF file if you are interested in reading it.

Final Reflective Commentary on Sony Reader

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4 Responses to Sony Reader reflective commentary

  1. dawn says:

    Like you, I write in the margins and underline a lot. That’s why I haven’t invested in a Sony eReader or Kindle. However, I do have a tablet PC that allows me to write on the documents and I do like that.

    Interesting commentary. Thanks for sharing it.

  2. Michael says:

    Yeah, a tablet PC seems a lot more useful for academic settings than the Sony Reader or the Kindle. Another option that I’m looking forward to in a few years is the ereader Plastic Logic is making, which will be flexible(!) and allow marking up like a tablet PC.

  3. Ira Socol says:

    It’s interesting – the Sony Reader and the Kindle (to a lesser extent because of its TTS feature) – are print replicants. They are not trying to leverage the technology to do new things, instead they use technological innovation in pursuit of a conservative comfort.

    Interesting because Microsoft Reader has, for much of a decade now, had Bookmarking, highlighting, writing in the margins, as well as Text-To-Speech, right-click dictionaries, digital note-taking etc. In other words, using technology to go beyond the book.

    Here’s hoping the two tech trends eventually come together.

  4. Michael says:

    Thanks, Ira. I’m not familiar with the Microsoft Reader software really. Good to know it has those functions.

    I agree that the adherence to the print book format isn’t going to help these companies much. I was thinking about about accessibility, and that at least the Kindle has some voice functions to read the text aloud, though that too seems limited from what I’ve heard.

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