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Sony Reader Giveaway at Dear Author

redreaderfrontfToday’s the day, Dear Author Readers. We are going to give one beautiful RED Sony Reader away to a random entry. Here’s how to win. Below is a set of questions that require you to go to and read about the Sony Reader and maybe even watch a demo.

You have to provide the Answers and then give a random number, between 1 and 1000, to your entry. The entry with the most correct answers (a couple are hard) will win. In case of a tie or several correct entries, the random number will decide the winner. This contest is open to everyone, including International Readers, but the international reader will have to pay the difference in shipping beyond $10.00 USD (which is the general cost to ship this device in the US with insurance).

Note: If there are different answers based on the two different models, I’ll accept the answer for either model as correct.


Question No. 1: How many colors does Sony offer for the Reader?

Question No. 2: What are those colors?

Question No. 3: Sony Reader uses a certain technology that gives it’s device a paper like appearance. What is the name of that technology?

Question No. 4: Which Sony Reader (give the model number) comes with integrated light?

Question No. 5: What formats will the Sony Reader view?

Question No. 6: What does DRM stand for?

Question No. 7: You can buy a book at Books on Board, Fictionwise or eHarlequin to read on the Sony Reader. What format should you buy for the Sony Reader if you purchase from one of those etailers?

Question No. 8: A mass market paperback weighs approximately 6 to 7 oz. How much does a Sony Reader weigh?

Question No. 9: A mass market paperback is approximately 4.33″ x 7.01″. How big is the screen size of the Sony Reader?

Question No. 10: Stacked three deep, an $80 Target bookshelf will hold 243 books. How many books can a Sony Reader hold (while there are two different models, Sony gives only one number consistently. That is the number I’m looking for.)?

Question No. 11: You can add additional memory to the Sony Reader. Assuming that a digital book is 500K, an additional 2GB media card costing approximately $12.00 will hold 4000 books. What are the types of memory cards that it will accept?

Question No. 12: How long can you read on the Sony Reader with just one charge cycle (from a fully charged device until it gives you a low battery reading)?

Question No. 13: Can you listen to music on your Sony Reader while reading a book?

Question No. 14: There are three retail locations that you can go to see a Sony Reader in real life. Name two.

Question No. 15: During the demo narrated by the Australian, if you Press No. 2, you get a listing of books by Title. What is the name of the romance title listed and the name of the author of that romance title?

Question No. 16: What is your random number?


That’s it. Mail your entries to me at jane @ by Thursday 11:59 pm CST. Please put Sony Read Contest as the subject. Good luck and I hope that by searching the Sony site, you learned something about digital books. The winner will receive one Sony Reader in Red and a free Sony Reader cover handcrafted by Anne.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. hanne
    Jan 04, 2009 @ 05:23:43

    Hello Jane,
    Could you please write down the url (without hiding it within html-tags)? My ad-block program won’t let me open the link.

  2. Jules Jones
    Jan 04, 2009 @ 05:47:01

    Well, I tried to watch the demo, but apparently the dog ate their webpage… (Yes, that *is* the “page down” message their webmaster uses:-)

  3. Brenna
    Jan 04, 2009 @ 05:52:58

    I guess they are doing maintenance. Just need to find out the answers for 1,2,14 and 15 and I’m good to go. {g} Just curious, is the red one a Sony PRS505 or 700?

  4. Ann Somerville
    Jan 04, 2009 @ 06:10:24


    If you right click the link, you should be able to copy it, and then paste it into your browser address bar.

  5. Shreela
    Jan 04, 2009 @ 06:36:01

    oh nooohz, bad goggie ate teh contest

  6. hanne
    Jan 04, 2009 @ 07:01:11

    @Ann Somerville: I already tried, but this also made the ad-blocker protest. It is a strange link that seems to be some kind of redirect thing – the main page is, which is some sort of online marketing company that apparently has very little to do with Sony.

    However, upon closer inspection, I see that there is an url within the longer url (…), that leads me to a page with the aforementioned error message – so I guess this is the right one :)

  7. Jessica G.
    Jan 04, 2009 @ 09:26:51

    Good luck everyone! I have a Sony Reader AND a cover from Anne’s Addictions, and I love both of them!!

  8. Jane
    Jan 04, 2009 @ 09:33:15

    @hanne Is the link still not working for you? Here’s the direct link:

  9. Jane
    Jan 04, 2009 @ 09:33:42

    @Brenna The Red one is a Sony PRS 505

  10. Anne Douglas
    Jan 04, 2009 @ 09:36:34

    Good luck everyone!!

    (and thank you Jessica G :) )

  11. Sheryl Nantus
    Jan 04, 2009 @ 09:57:18

    I’m not seeing any demo video by any Australian… just a woman. Or is she supposed to be Australian?


  12. Corrine
    Jan 04, 2009 @ 09:58:05

    Good luck, everyone!

  13. theo
    Jan 04, 2009 @ 10:51:32

    Just sent it off. I think I got all the questions, though the ‘color’ one was…questionable ;-)

  14. Phoebe Jordan
    Jan 04, 2009 @ 11:38:39

    Well I had a problem with questions 7 and 14 but I gave it my best guess and sent in my answers. I really hope to win so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

  15. Jessica Kennedy
    Jan 04, 2009 @ 12:00:28

    Yeah, I’m not finding any Australian demo on the site……

  16. Eyre
    Jan 04, 2009 @ 12:04:31

    I had difficulty with a couple of questions as well. I never did find that Australian. but I did my best. I guess it wouldn’t be much fun if it was too easy to find the answers. :) Great contest!

  17. SamG
    Jan 04, 2009 @ 12:10:14

    AAARRRGGGHHH….I had about half, had to leave, my daughter got on, I got it back and finished it…then it HAD LOGGED ME OUT, so I am back to #7 (the last time it had saved apparently).

    That’s it, next time they have a friend coming over, she can see my in my sleepshirt.


  18. Lissa
    Jan 04, 2009 @ 13:27:20

    I sent in my answers, though #14 gave me pause –

    Good luck to everyone!

  19. Jules
    Jan 04, 2009 @ 14:38:45

    Got mine sent off also, good luck everyone. I also couldn’t find a demo with an Australian. There was the cnet “review” but it didn’t answer the question. That and the mp3 music question were the two I’m not comfortable with my answers.

    Oh well

  20. Michelle
    Jan 04, 2009 @ 14:55:47

    Sent mine in, some were hard. Good luck everyone.

  21. Darby Lohrding
    Jan 04, 2009 @ 15:13:54

    Good Grief that was tough!
    Good quiz and yes I learned a lot so I’m ready for my reader!!! Sony should be very proud of your marketing!! I hate reading the directions for something yet I have read all of the directions for the reader, so I am excited to get started!!!
    UGH, I hope I am submitting the correct answers!!!
    Thanks so much for this opportnity!
    darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

  22. Kim Lenox
    Jan 04, 2009 @ 15:14:07

    oooh! Great contest. I want to win SO BAD!

  23. Beth
    Jan 04, 2009 @ 15:52:00

    Questions were harder than I thought. Would really like a Sony reader, but for the primary purpose of keeping flight approaches on it for flying @ $9.99/month. It would replace about 30 pounds of maps. Love to read, so it would be nice to be able to read while on the move also. Well, here’s hoping. Couldn’t find an “Austrailian” but found a foreign sounding guy.

  24. Joy
    Jan 04, 2009 @ 16:09:30

    Good Luck all!! I couldn’t wait so got a silver one as a christmas present to myself

  25. Alisha Rai
    Jan 04, 2009 @ 16:44:02

    Wow, what an awesome use for a couple of free hours on a Sunday :). At least now I know a lot about the SONY reader! And now I want one even more.

  26. Bonnie Ferguson
    Jan 04, 2009 @ 16:57:52

    Just sent my answers in :) Thanks for running this fabulous contest!

  27. Shreela
    Jan 04, 2009 @ 17:33:48

    OMGosh that was challenging! I’m wondering if that bad dog ate the demo narrated by the Australian, or if my search abilities are waning. I winged that one the best I could 8^)

    Good luck everyone!

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  29. Brenna
    Jan 04, 2009 @ 18:55:45

    I was able to open the link via Firefox and not Safari though it led me to the CNET video w/c was definitely done by an American. I had to do a search for the Australian dude video and eventually found it. Great demo. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m finding #10 a bit confusing as I have both specifications on the PRS 505 and the 700 and the number of books that a Sony reader holds in its internal memory for either machine were definitely different. I’ve done several searches also. Even the weight varies a little. The only consistent claim for both was #9 & 12, I think.

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  31. theo
    Jan 04, 2009 @ 19:04:38

    Brenna, right on Sony’s site, it gives the book count. You have to search for it though. It’s hard to find. But they’re all the same. It’s the add-on memory that makes the difference.

  32. Brenna
    Jan 04, 2009 @ 19:19:40

    Oh, I thought the question referred to the internal memory only and does not include the add-on memory. I must go search for it.


  33. theo
    Jan 04, 2009 @ 19:22:19

    Brenna, the questions are: How many books will the Sony Reader hold…AND…

    WHAT TYPES of external memory can you use, not how much. ;-)

  34. Brenna
    Jan 04, 2009 @ 19:50:51

    Brenna, the questions are: How many books will the Sony Reader hold…AND…

    WHAT TYPES of external memory can you use, not how much. ;-)

    Well, I assumed that #10 was asking for how many books will the Sony Reader’s internal memory holds since it is built-in with the reader. In fact, the specs does state the specific number for each model. Since the external memory are add-ons and would depend on what size, I didn’t consider them. I understand #11 is to what type of additional memory cards will it hold.

  35. theo
    Jan 04, 2009 @ 19:56:04

    If you read it literally, which is what I did, #10 is only talking about internal memory because of the “consistent number”. Then again, I can be too literal of a person sometimes :lol:

    Anyway, good luck to you! And to everyone!

  36. SamG
    Jan 04, 2009 @ 21:17:24

    I had difficulties with the color answers too. I didn’t know if it was both the 700 and 505 models, or just the 505. So, I may have gotten #1 wrong. Bummer if I did, the more I read the more I wanted…


  37. Jessica Kennedy
    Jan 04, 2009 @ 21:30:39

    The books it holds was different for the different models. The newest model was higher than the older models. I put both numbers with an explanation.

  38. Brenna
    Jan 04, 2009 @ 21:47:44

    The books it holds was different for the different models. The newest model was higher than the older models. I put both numbers with an explanation.

    Yup, that’s exactly what I mean. It’s there in the specifications w/c you can download or view from their website. Even the weight varies. As to the color, again, the 505 and the 700 have different colors too. So to be sure, I included all the info that I have with some explanations as you did.

    Good luck to everyone!!!

  39. JulieD
    Jan 04, 2009 @ 22:48:58

    Good lord!!!!!! I started the quizz at about 8 pm and just sent my answers in. Very hard but worth it if ur lucky anough to win.(please pick me) The autralian demo was very hard to find.

    Good luck everyone

  40. library addict
    Jan 04, 2009 @ 23:36:13

    I should have just gone straight to the Aussie guy. He answered many of the questions and I could have avoided some of the fine print on the specifications pages LOL.

  41. Kaetrin
    Jan 05, 2009 @ 01:20:21

    I think I’ve got all the answers… although, as an Australian, I don’t think he was an Aussie – he sounded British to me!

  42. Ashley
    Jan 05, 2009 @ 01:24:34

    I wish I could’ve found the Aussie guy. My video had some girl named Katie. :(

  43. Mistress
    Jan 05, 2009 @ 02:43:29

    Thanks for the awesome contest Jane, my fingers and ebooks are crossed.

    by Kaetrin January 5th, 2009
    I think I've got all the answers… although, as an Australian, I don't think he was an Aussie – he sounded British to me!

    He struck me as being a Brit too. = )

  44. TaraLeigh
    Jan 05, 2009 @ 03:15:34

    Damn–I thought the Aussie guy was a trick question.
    I looked around and couldn’t find him.

    It took me like 90mins to finish that thing. LOL Talk about hunt and research mode to find the deets!

    Well–I sent it in…we’ll see how it goes.

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  47. Sara
    Jan 05, 2009 @ 10:52:20

    That’s awesome! I just got into reading eBooks on my iPhone (it’s actually quite easy to do – directions and iPhone-compatible eBooks can be found here: I’m definitely entering this!

  48. Mike Cane
    Jan 05, 2009 @ 19:58:17

    Grrr … I’ll have to buy own Red one now. These contests are a torment. Really, I am NOT going through that demo a second frikkin time. Did it when it first appeared!

  49. Julie Trevelyan
    Jan 05, 2009 @ 21:25:27

    The guy doing the demo (I agree, he was totally British, and very cute!) was indeed hard to find, but if you persevere, he’s there. The retailers were also confusing to track down…and the colors… But I must say, I did learn a lot about the Sony Reader, and I do so want one now! Thanks for having a contest.

  50. Diane/Anonym2857
    Jan 06, 2009 @ 00:45:16

    My big problem with the website is that I’m becoming blind as a bat in my old age and have a lot of problems focusing (which would make it a good idea to win something I could change the fonts on, yes?). Only the website’s fonts are so small it’s all I can do to read it (at least the parts I CAN read), so it’s taking me forever. I don’t know if I can’t find things because they are hard to find, or are right in front of my nose in plain sight, but a small font. Sigh.

    Oh well. I live in hope, and will keep plodding along. I think I can, I think I can…

    Diane :oP

  51. theo
    Jan 06, 2009 @ 08:48:36


    If you use Internet Explorer, go to View on the IE Menu Bar, Text Size and just choose a larger size as your default font size.

    If you use Firefox (my preferred browser) hold down the Ctrl key and hit the + (plus) key (you don’t have to use the shift key for this) it will make the font bigger. Too big? Hold down the Ctrl key and hit the – key. Smaller!


    Hope it helps. There are times I need to do that as well.

  52. Julie Robinson
    Jan 06, 2009 @ 12:18:50

    What a great contest! After being gone (and computerless) since the 1st, I’ve ben catching up on emails and revisiting favorite sites. I’m glad I stopped by. Now off to find the answers!
    Julie R.

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  54. Diane/Anonym2857
    Jan 06, 2009 @ 23:36:22


    Bless you!!

    I printed out your instructions and will think of you fondly each time I can see w/o having my nose on the screen. Thanks!

    Diane :o)

  55. theo
    Jan 07, 2009 @ 08:43:05

    Diane, you’re welcomed :-)

    I’d hate to see you not be able to visit anymore because you can’t see the screen. I’ve gotten so this is the first blog/site I check every morning! Well, other than the one I mod on, and mine.

    But there’s also a text resizer at the top right corner here, though I think it gives you only one larger size option and with the others, it gives you two or three. And the ones I posted are across sites, not site specific.

    Happy reading! :-D

  56. Julie Robinson
    Jan 07, 2009 @ 20:35:54

    Done! Yayyy!!
    I love this RED one. But hey, I drive a red car, have a red cell phone,
    and like to wear red :-)
    Thanks for ‘forcing me’ to learn more about this eReader in a fun way.
    Julie R.

  57. CourtneyLee
    Jan 07, 2009 @ 23:04:29

    Where on earth are you finding the Aussie/Brit guy demo? I got the videos by Kate and the American guy, but I can’t find any other videos to save my life. I’m very confident in all my other answers because I’ve been drooling over this for a while and already knew a lot of them, so this is not good. maybe I’ll just have to sleep on it and try again tomorrow.

  58. Tameka Green
    Jan 08, 2009 @ 00:19:29

    I’ve been so trying to win one of these readers. Lol Good luck eveyone! This is such acool prize and red is just so sleek.

  59. CourtneyLee
    Jan 08, 2009 @ 15:12:27

    Brenna, you’re awesome. Thanks so much!

  60. Julie Robinson
    Jan 08, 2009 @ 15:32:37

    I may be a bit of a rebel here, but I kind of thought the point of the contest was that while browsing to find the answers, you are reading the information and thereby learning about the various aspects of this eReader—not just going straight to the site to get the answer. It’s the journey along the way that counts, not just the end result.
    Julie R.

  61. Jane
    Jan 08, 2009 @ 15:34:06

    @Julie Robinson I have to say that I agree with Ms. Robinson and so I’m going to delete the helpful comment. Many readers found it by themselves and it does seem a bit unfair. I hope you all understand.

  62. Laurel Davis
    Jan 08, 2009 @ 15:34:26

    Seems a little tacky to put a LINK to what everyone searched so damn hard for……

  63. Brenna
    Jan 08, 2009 @ 18:20:53

    Sorry Jane, just trying to be helpful. I didn’t think some people would take so much offense. Obviously, not only am I so naive but I’m wrong and tacky too![g]

  64. Julie Robinson
    Jan 08, 2009 @ 18:27:29

    No offense taken, Brenna! Just a matter of doing your own work for a contest :-)

  65. Tameka Green
    Jan 08, 2009 @ 19:16:14

    Hi Jane for the last qusetion I’m having alot of trouble fining out the demo of the Aussie it’s not on the Sony page. Please write back I don’t know the title of the romance book it shows

  66. CourtneyLee
    Jan 09, 2009 @ 20:55:54

    Jane, does this mean my entry will be disqualified? I spent about three hours looking for the demo on my own (in addition to the two hours I spent finding or confirming the answers for the rest of the questions), so believe me, I wasn’t trying to avoid making the best effort I could. I’d hate to have all that work go to waste because a question I meant as rhetorical was answered. (but I still think Brenna is awesome *hug*)

  67. Jane
    Jan 09, 2009 @ 21:04:04

    No, I’m not going to disqualify your entry. No worries.

  68. Donna H.
    Jan 12, 2009 @ 09:29:47

    I hope they’re going to post the name of the winner here on the contest comments so we can all find out who won. After all that work, I’d still like to know who won… even if it isn’t me.

  69. Joy
    Jan 12, 2009 @ 09:36:13

    The winner was posted in a new entry. It was Amelia S.

  70. Julie Robinson
    Jan 13, 2009 @ 00:12:30

    Congratulations, Amelia S. I am glad for you.
    Julie R.

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