Rules of contest:
* Prize is a Sony Touch Reader valued $299.99 with the bonus of 10 pre-loaded top titles (selected by Borders).
* You must be the spouse of a deployed hero to enter.
* Copy of deployment papers and APO will be required upon winning.
* Last date to enter is Sunday, January 24th midnight central time.
* You must comment on this post to be considered. I will weigh my decision heavily on your answers here, as well as those who in addition tweet (I’m @kissmygumbo) and Facebook about it too http://www.facebook.com/gretaperry (on your status if you include @gretaperry – I will be tagged in it)
* Photos and creativity for answers are encouraged.
* Winner will be announced on #militarymon on January 25th.
To enter, you must answer this question, “ “WILL E BOOKS AND READERS CHANGE THE WAY YOU SHOP FOR BOOKS?”
I was contacted by a PR company on behalf of Borders Books to demo the Sony Touch Reader. Being a gadget dork, this was a very exciting opportunity. Believe it or not, I’ve never really played with one because I’m still “old school” when it comes to wanting to touch and feel the paper between my finger. 2010 is the first year without a written date planner, so maybe I’m ready for this too. The enticing opportunity about this demo, was not only a free reader for my family, but the opportunity to give one to the deployed spouse of one of my readers for a Valentine’s Day gift. A win win situation for everyone.
The email said:
One of the most popular items being shipped to our deployed military this holiday is an electronic book reader. Due to the content available, storage space and ease of use the devises are popular and the perfect toy for those who must travel light, but enjoy reading – sometimes multiple titles at once!
While other booksellers have released their own e readers, Borders offers Sony’s models. We’d like to know what you think about the e readers and would like to give you the Sony Touch in exchange for conducting an in-store demo and telling us about your experience – what did you like? What features make the device easy to use? How would an e reader make life and reading easier for you?
I did my demo at the Borders in Metairie and well…I’m in LOVE!!! I see no reason to buy another book. Yours truly does lots of book reviews and I understand those will be paper. Otherwise, I’m on board and can’t wait to start using mine. As a professional organizer, I’m all about simplifying and frankly the stack of 20 books on my nightstand is overwhelming! No more need to sell books at garage sales or sticking them on my husband’s nightstand to collect dust when I’m finished. If you’ve PCSd, you know book weight can count towards professional poundage. We were out of control with books through our career!
So… I can carry up to 350 titles on this little 6″ display screened gadget at one time (wishful thinking, Greta). Woot woot! The demo lady told me that there are many classics available for free download too and that might entice me to read those again. The navigation was a no brainer and with the swipe of a finger, can turn the page (as simple as my iPhone). Since I can never find a bookmark when I need one, I really like the idea of electronic bookmarking. Mostly loved the built in dictionary and the convenience of writing notes with the stylus on the screen. It says you can charge and read for 2 full weeks and that will be a bonus for the deployed folks! It claims to be easily readable in direct sunlight so that will be something I look forward to testing (not sure would bring to the beach though). Other bonuses: PC & Mac compatible, 5 font sizes to choose from, cute little carrying cases for purchase, multiple file types compatible.
We must all face that this is the future of books and embrace it instead of fear it. Thanks for this opportunity Borders, or I might have waited even longer to come over from the antiquated side!