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eBook readers

I’m currently looking at purchasing an ebook reader. After a recent visit to my mothers I’ve re-acquired hundreds upon hundreds of books put into “storage” I had forgotten about, and in fact some of which I have re-purchased not realising I had already purchased books by specific authors I like.
After trying to work out WHERE to store all these books (I already have around 1000 books to store) I have finally come to the conclusion that ebooks are the way forward. Not only do they take up zero space but are much more manageable and searchable. I’m a fan of Amazon but their Kindle product doesn’t quite fit with me, partly because of the “international” version which you have to purchase from the USA and partly (and mostly) because of the DRM locked in ebooks you are forced to read.
I enjoy reading DRM free out of copyright books and the Kindle doesn’t easily allow you to read these.
I’m currently leaning towards the Sony PRS-300 (pocket edition) or the Sony PRS-600 (touch edition). Both look very good but the cost is still very high. I’m trying to justify to myself that £160 for the PRS-300 is worth it and it’s only 10 full price books worth (or over 20 “normal” priced books). That being said it would allow me to “store” all 1000 books I’m currently hoarding saving valuable space.
Once I’ve made a decision (it may take some time!) I’ll write up a review with photos and add it to this site.


Nuclear batteries

I came across an article on the BBC News website detailing the introduction of tiny nuclear batteries (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8297934.stm) which got me to thinking how long it would before these would be found in mobile phones and laptops. I can just see Dell’s new unique selling point (after wireless charging) being a battery life of 5 years. I know I would buy one… would you?