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E-reader choice in the UK still woefully inadequate

Gadgetereaders So I was watching The Gadget Show earlier tonight (the UK’s premier show about, you guessed it - gadgets), and for the first time on British television (as far as I know), there was a feature on e-readers. Great I thought! About time I thought! The Gadget Show is pretty good at getting their mitts on the latest gadgets, so we should be in for a bit of a paperless reading treat here I thought; heck maybe we’ll even get a glimpse of the Amazon Kindle ‘in the flesh’, on British soil, for the first time. Sadly however my initial euphoria was quickly dampened, and not even the presence of ‘we’re not worthy’ Nigel Havers as guest ‘reviewer’ could raise it again :o).

Sure we got to see the BeBook in action; which looks to be an ok e-reader (and reasonably priced). We got a ‘hands-on’ demo of Irex’s iLiad Book Edition e-reader (which I’ve mentioned before as being new to our shores, but with the caveat of it being TOO DAMNED EXPENSIVE - but oh how I love it's 'inking' feature), and we got to see the reviewers pawing over the Sony PRS-505, the best of the bunch by far, but STILL not available in the UK. That was it - one reasonable e-reader, one over-priced and one unavailable, and no sight nor sound of the Kindle, or any other e-reader for that matter.

So guess which e-reader of the three came out on top with the reviewers? Yep you got it - the Sony PRS-505. Thanks for that guys! I’ll be sure to rush out to the shops first thing in the morning to fruitlessly search for your recommended, ‘unavailable’ e-reader :o).

Seriously though the Gadget Show’s e-reader feature really depressed me. In the end it achieved nothing but to highlight the fact that e-book provision in the UK is STILL woefully inadequate, and as a  paperless operative who’s screaming out for better e-book provision in the UK, that’s a tough pill to swallow. I’m just thankful that BeBook seem to have the right idea. Worldwide distribution and a ‘reasonable’ price, means that the average wage-earner in the UK, has at least one viable choice of e-reader. Thank heavens!!


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Sony Reader pre-order now live in the UK, shipping in September


Thanks for the 'heads up' Saniul but Waterstones had already sent me a 'pre-order' invitation. However your link did lead to me finding out whether Waterstones were the sole UK distributor or not (which for anyone reading - they are the sole 'bookshop' distributor, but the PRS-505 will also be sold directly online at Sony Style and at 'selected' electrical retailers), so thanks for that Saniul

I saw this episode - and when I saw that Kindle I was whooping that they were going to release it in the UK. Wow what a fall to earth it was when they said Amazon still has no plans! I tell you - one day I am moving myself stateside *lol*

I'm off to Waterstones to check out the price of this here gadget.

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