First off I'd like to say a big THANK YOU to Jordan Castillo Price for the interview from the last two days. Thanks also to all of you who have commented on the posts. I'm going to wait until this evening (GMT time) before getting hub to pick two winners out of a hat so there's still a few hours left if you want to leave a comment.
I'd also like to say a belated THANK YOU to all my invisible internet buddies who sent cards, ecards, presents and general good wishes for my birthday last week. I have now learned that it is impossible to keep things quiet around here so next year I may as well go the Kris route and shout it from the roof tops weeks in advance ;).
Following on from that is the NO THANK YOU part of this post.
For my birthday this year I asked hub and the rellies to give me money because I'm trying to save up for a new ereader. My Cybook keeps freezing on me and every time it does I have to remove the battery, put it back in and switch on. This wouldn't be too much of a problem, except that the battery compartment is screwed in with a tiny screw. Luckily for me I got one of those little packs of screwdrivers in a Christmas cracker a couple of years ago (have no idea why these sort of things are included in Christmas crackers but they're damn useful) which is perfect for dealing with tiny screws. My problem comes when I'm out and about and want to read my book reader. If the thing freezes on me then I have no means to remedy the situation and I'm left (oh the horror!) without anything to read.
Anyway, after that long arsed reason, I'm wanting a new ereader. When I bought the Cybook two years ago the choice in the UK was between it and the Iliad (v expensive). Now though, I have more choice. The Sony reader is available here now, as is the cool-er reader and just recently Amazon have announced that you can now download books on the Kindle in Britain. The Kindle isn't available to buy here, but you have the option of buying from the US and having it shipped over here.
I decided to do a bit of a price comparison.
The Sony costs £260 and I can get it from Argos by walking 15 mins from my house to the nearest shop so there's no postage costs.
I went via Amazon UK to the US Kindle site and saw that a Kindle costs $260. Which is about £160, give or take. I thought that sounded just great so I went through the whole checkout thing to see how much shipping would be. Imagine my surprise when I got to the 'basket' page to discover that Amazon 'helpfully' converted my $s to £s and they actually wanted to charge me £395 for the Kindle.
Shall I tell you how they got to this number? I think I shall.
As a UK citizen buying from a US site, the Kindle doesn't cost $260, it actually costs me £325. That's actually about $534, nearly twice as much as it costs in the US. On top of that was a £16 shipping fee - fair enough, it's coming a long way. However the icing on the cake was a £50 customs fee that Amazon wanted to charge me for shipping out of the country.
Now the Kindle might be able to do all the fancy arse stuff like download direct from the internet, but I can't see me using the Amazon site as much as I do ARe or direct from the publishers so I'm not too fussed about that. Couple that with the way that Amazon are obviously trying to rip off their overseas customers and it's a big...
.... to the Kindle from me.
Having now decided that I'm not getting a Kindle, I'm after some advice. Could you kind folks tell me which type of Sony reader you own and whether it's any good? Plus does anyone own a cool-er reader? What are they like?