The eReaders are here to stay. The leading manufacturers producing even more advanced models and the popularity of the concept is on the rise. While Amazon’s Kindle 2 is currently dominating the eReaders market, the Sony PRS series eReaders are very close behind. Many users have emailed me about which way to go.
The devices are doing their thing well enough, and I have heard good things about both of the choices. However, there are differences that would influence you decision.
The Kindle is the reader of choice for many. The wide selection of titles, along with newspapers and magazines, makes it lucrative enough not to consider the alternatives. And I’m not even mentioning the wireless capabilities.
One should be aware, though, of the conversion required to view PDF files on the Amazon Kindle. With not so perfect results, many students and business professionals should think again before ordering the Kindle.
Academic work, books, researches and reports are almost exclusively available in the PDF format. And, unfortunately, Kindle’s conversion often makes these files unreadable because of alignment difficulties and other glitches.
The Sony eReaders, although less user friendly, offer native PDF support and this is the choice for the aforementioned audience. Users have reported a slightly steeper learning curve when first starting to use the Sony’s, and the requirement to have a computer with an on-line connection at hand makes the experience different than with the Kindle.
But, business professionals and students are often computer savvy and have computers and internet connections available to them anyway.
If you happen to be a newspaper person and read lots of magazines, you would love the Kindle with its way of delivering fresh papers every morning. You will also most certainly like the easy content purchase experience that the Kindle offers. On the other hand, if you know that you will mainly read files in the PDF format, you should go for the Sony PRS series.
Feel free to visit my eReaders Guide project. You will find lots of additional information and a side by side ereader comparison of the top eReaders you should consider if you are thinking of purchasing one. Remember, make a decision based on your personal needs and requirements, not based on a trend.