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Walter S. Mossberg from the Wall Street Journal and David Pogue of New York Times fame have put in their official two cents about the Sony Reader. These two men could single handedly make or break a product, like Gozillas of Gadgetdom. Mossberg and Pogue are like two peas in a pod about the Sony Reader. Their concensus: the device itself is the bee's knees, but the Sony Connect software...

blows goats (paraphrased, of course).

Moss Def says:

My verdict is mixed. The Reader is a handsome device with a stunning black-and-white screen and terrific battery life. But it has some serious limitations. The software, called the Connect Reader, is simple and plain, but effective. The online bookstore, called the Connect eBook store, has only a modest selection compared with a physical bookstore and is hard to use.


David Pogue, Brian Lam's hero, says:

Sony has dreamed up some fairly baffling controls, too โ€” not an easy feat on what should be a very simple machine. For example, the next/previous page buttons are at 2 and 8 o'clock on a dime-size desk. A circular control might make sense if it had buttons at all four points of the compass โ€” but only two? [Also] there's no search function, video or clickable links, either. So much for those key e-book advantages. Still, Sony got the big stuff right: the feel of the machine, the pleasantness of reading, the clarity of type.


Mossberg says that the Reader is a good start, but recommends that the ebook fans (they actually exist?) wait for a better version. Pogue gives props to the older style reading mechanisms, you know, books.

Mossberg Review [Lake County News-Sun via WSJ]
Trying Again to Make Books Obsolete [NYT]