Re: “Can’t put old books on it”
With the Sony PRS line, the ability to on-board render PDF means you can scan and make image-file PDF’s (MS Word: put the trimmed and cleaned up scans into a word doc, then export to PDF.) which, while huge, can be read on the Sony. (And the Kindle DX.)
More and more is being released in various ebook formats. The Sony is about the largest in terms of overall compatibility.
Native on the PRS600:
[list]*]BBeB (Some DRMed)
*]Sony LRF/LRM; some are DRM, some are not.
*]ePub (used by Adobe and MANY others)
*]RTF (Microsoft Rich Text Format… most word processors can import/export RTF…)
*]TXT (ASCII text.)[/list]
Plus graphics formats:
With MS Word, I can convert:
[list]*]MS Word DOC and DOCX (And Sony’s software will trigger this automatically for DOC and DOCX documents when loaded with Sony’s computer-side management software.)
*]anything I can import into word I can export to RTF and/or PDF…[/list]
And with Calibre (freeware 3rd party), I can convert:
[list]*]HTML to LRM/LRF
*]Text to LRM/LRF
*]RTF to LRM/LRF
*]RSS to LRM/LRF
*]PDF tp LRM/LRF[/list]
more formats, no wasted space for the keyboard.
As to the power issue… it would be pretty easy to add a thin-film solar panel to the back… when not in use, put it face down in the light… and let it charge off the sun.
Heck, I’ve an idea for a good aftermarket add-on for the sony… a cover with a membrane keyboard and a solar panel. Serves as a cover and solar charger when closed, and when set up and plugged in, serves as an external keyboard…