The Grumpy Humanist

mix equal parts news, diary, gossip, and grump

New Cybook: Sony, you got served! 27 July, 2007

Filed under: Books,Cybook,Gadgets,Sony Reader,Technology — feliza @ 9:42 am

As you all know by now, I’m a devoted Sony Reader junkie, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like me some spicy ebook news. Like many of you, I’ve been waiting anxiously for updates about the new Cybook. Judging from the new info, the Cybook Gen3 (which will be out this very September) should be one hot tamale, indeed.

Sexy Beast

Bookeens new product looks stunningly thin: it is the size of a paperback, the thickness of a magazine, for a weight of only 6.1 ounces (174 g). It boasts an impressive battery life of 8,000 page flips, allowing for an average reading time of 1 month without recharging. The device is compatible with all USB enabled computers, independently from the operating system (Windows, Mac, Linux) and also offers an SD slot for virtually unlimited library storage space.

Compatible with Mac, you say? Oh, that’s hot. Given that the Sony Reader is only for PC users, I’ve had to steal my husband’s computer a time or two to upload content. It would be nice to be able to use my trusty Mac for that.

Also: “Following its original open and multi-format strategy, Bookeen offers a true freedom of use regarding supported documents formats. Cybook owners are free to read personal and public domain content. On the Cybook, you don’t need to convert your files to an exotic format or upload them to any proprietary web site.

Ooooh no you didn’t!

Sony Reader, you just got effed in the a!

It's On!



Harry Potter and the Crying Humanist 24 July, 2007

Filed under: Books,Harry Potter,His Dark Materials,Jane Eyre,Sony Reader — feliza @ 11:10 am

Well, ok… this isn’t exactly “news” but whatever.

So, I’m not done with HP7 yet, however I’m on page 500 or so and J.K. Rowling has already made me cry three times. I’m not going to say at what parts for two reasons:

  1. I don’t want to spoil anything,
  2. It’s kind of embarrassing that Harry Potter books make me cry.

It's like breast-milk for him

Anyway, I’m just saying, bring some Kleenex.

Come to think of it, I tend to cry a lot when I read… I did it three times during Jane Eyre and maybe four times during His Dark Materials Trilogy.

Do I have a problem? I might need to be careful. I don’t think my Sony Reader would deal well with water.


Seriously–When do the ebooks come out? 30 June, 2007

Filed under: Books,ebooks,Gadgets,iPhone,Reading,Sony Reader,Technology — feliza @ 8:28 pm

You’ll recall that there has been a little bit of talk regarding the possibility of the iPhone as an ebook reading device.  

Not having had the chance to mess around with the iPhone myself, I’m taking it from Mike Cane that the device might be more than up to the task. Mike got to play with the iPhone and has this to say:

“That screen is to die for! It is so bright, it’s practically religious! No, really!”


“That soft keyboard — hey, it worked pretty much all right. I was very surprised at how responsive it was.”


So far the iPhone boasts a good screen and the ability to take notes. Not to mention the potential ease of acquiring information directly from the interweb. Sounds like a really great platform for ebook reading to me.

(Are you there, Steve Jobs? It’s me, the Grumpy Humanist…)


Sony Reader vs. Apple iPhone 28 June, 2007

Filed under: Reading,Sony Reader,Technology — feliza @ 1:31 pm

Fellow blogger Mike Cane wonders, “Will Apple Steal the ebook limelight from Sony…?” I’ve been drooling over the iPhone since I first saw it a few months ago, but never did I think it might be a good candidate for eBook reading.

Hello, my pretties

Unfortch, I haven’t been able to get my hands on one to play with, so I have no idea how the screen might work for ebook reading, but it may def be another reason to justify the expense of the iPhone if Apple is interested in providing some reading content for the device.


Jane Freakin’ Eyre 27 June, 2007

Filed under: Books,Jane Eyre,Reading,Sony Reader — feliza @ 1:23 pm

Hey, Charlotte Bronte. I know you’re dead, but you still freaking rock, lady.

Jane Eyre: One Fine GILF

Amazing. Couldn’t put it down. It was like glued to my hands for the last week or so while I experienced all the drama that a Bronte could put on a page (or, in my case, the screen of my Sony Reader.)



My Defense for the $300 Book

Filed under: Gadgets,Reading,Reviews,Sony Reader,Technology — feliza @ 1:13 pm

There have been some rather scathing reviews of my beloved Sony Reader–complaints of “funky” controls, no backlight, and slow software. It sounds kind of weird, but I’m starting to take these kind of personally. Most you know that I actually have a Facebook group devoted to the little machine–such is the extent of my devotion.



So why did I buy this little gadget? Surely a broke college student like myself would see the redundancy of buying a $300 dollar ebook reader when, really, it doesn’t do that much more than a regular book.