Of course, I know the technical reason given by Amazon: they have to sign up a variety of wireless networks to cover the whole of Europe before they want to go to the effort of introducing the Kindle over here.
But surely they must have some idea of when it is likely to be launched in the UK? I have been seriously thinking about buying the Sony Reader for several months, but each time I restrain myself in the belief that as soon as I do, the Kindle will be launched in the UK and I will kick myself for not waiting.
Today, searching for a copy of Charles Todd's A Fearsome Doubt which I want to read because it's set in Kent and I'm still working on my Wheredunnit book proposal [Promise to self: This WILL be completed by the end of January] I discovered that I could download it immediately as an ebook. So I'm all of a dither again.
There seem to be drawbacks and advantages to both the Sony and the Kindle.
- It's not available in the UK and there are no details as to when it will be: very big CON
- Judging from the US website there are thousands of crime fiction books which I might want to read all ready for downloading: PRO
- But - the UK website might not have as many as the US one, and we might not be able to download from the US Amazon - Sony US ebooks aren't available to UK readers: CON
- From the available images, the Kindle isn't as attractive as the Sony 505: CON
- The Kindle has a keyboard, so you can make notes on what you are reading: PRO
- Eventually, when the wireless is set up, downloading wirelessly will be very rapid: PRO
- There is no effective & attachable light for the Kindle, only those old-fashioned clip-on things which I've never got on with for real books: CON
- Kindle books appear to be cheaper than Sony books, though it's hard to make a comparison: PRO
Pro: 4 Con: 4The Sony 505
- It's available here now: very big PRO
- It's cheaper than the Kindle is likely to be, at £194, which includes a CD of 100 classics: PRO
- It's prettier than the Kindle, and the 505 has buttons to make one-handed reading easy: PRO
- A lighted cover is available for reading in the dark without disturbing anyone (or reading in most hotels nowadays): PRO
- There's no way of entering notes about books being read: probably a CON
- It isn't wireless. Can't see this as a problem for myself, as I won't be wanting newspapers and magazines. But never having experienced it, I might be quite wrong: probably CON
- The choice of books from Sony/Waterstones (and other UK-available sites) is fairly limited. For instance, I couldn't have got the latest Arnaldur Indridason: CON
- The books available from Sony/Waterstones are VERY expensive - 'The Private Patient' is even more costly as an ebook than it was to purchase as a hardback: big CON
Pro: 4 Definite Con: 2 Probable Con: 2
So I remain undecided - for now. But I don't think I can hold out much longer..........