Jan 11 2009
Thank everyone for participating. We had 237 entries. We have two more to give away. One will be given to the winning entry in the DABWAHA tournament in March. I haven’t thought of a creative idea to frame the third giveaway.
If you missed out and you have a blog or someway to write an entry on the internet about ebooks and BooksonBoard, you canenter to win a Sony Reader from BooksonBoard. I also have it on good authority that Kresley Cole will be giving a Sony Reader away to a random entry who goes forth and spreads the love regarding her January 20, 2009, release, Kiss of a Demon King which I loved.
The winning entry was from Amelia S. Her entry is at the bottom. The following are the answers to the questions.
Question No. 1: How many colors does Sony offer for the Reader?
Answer: Technically there are four colors that Sony offers for the Readers. Because of the confusion between the devices, I said I would accept either three or four as correct. (three for the Sony PRS 505 and 1 for the Sony PRS 700).
Question No. 2: What are those colors?
Answer: Sangria Red, Silver and Dark Blue for the PRS505 and Black for the PRS 700 BC.
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?
Answer: It’s e-Ink technology.
Question No. 4: Which Sony Reader (give the model number) comes with integrated light?
Answer: PRS 700 BC comes with an integrated front light. (It has two levels of brightness but you did not need to give that detail to be correct).
Question No. 5: What formats will the Sony Reader view?
Answer: * DRM Text : BBeB Book (Marlin), ePub (Adobe) * Image : JPEG, GIF, PNG, and BMP * Unsecured Audio : MP3 and AAC7 * Unsecured Text : BBeB, ePub, TXT, RTF, Adobe(R) PDF10, Microsoft(R) Word (Conversion to the Reader requires Word installed on your PC)
Question No. 6: What does DRM stand for?
Answer: Digital Rights Management
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?
Answer: The answer that I was thinking about was Adobe ePub but you can purchase Adobe PDFs at eHarlequin and LRFs at Fictionwise.
Question No. 8: A mass market paperback weighs approximately 6 to 7 oz. How much does a Sony Reader weigh?
Answer: 9 oz without the cover or 10 oz with. Either answer was correct.
Question No. 9: A mass market paperback is approximately 4.33â€³ x 7.01â€³. How big is the screen size of the Sony Reader?
Answer: 6″ diagonally. I thought this might be illuminating to some readers. The Sony Reader’s screen size is only slightly smaller than that of a paperback.
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.)?
Answer: There were two different answers depending on which model. The Sony PRS505 holds 160 books and the Sony PRS700 holds 350. The calculation that Sony uses is based on 1 MB ebook. Many ebook files are smaller than that so you can expect to fit more than the suggested number.
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?
Answer: SD cards and Sony Memory Sticks. The point is that the Sony Reader, for a very small price, could hold more books than you can read in 10 years and maybe even your lifetime.
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)?
Answer: Sony says that one battery cycle will last for 7500 page turns or two weeks.
Question No. 13: Can you listen to music on your Sony Reader while reading a book?
Answer: Yes! Although I don’t actually know anyone who does this.
Question No. 14: There are three retail locations that you can go to see a Sony Reader in real life. Name two.
Answer: Originally I thought that there were only three: Borders, Target and Sams but apparently they are stocked in BAMM and some Wal-mart stores as well. And the Sony Style stores.
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?
Answer: There was some debate over whether this guy was a Brit or an Australian. I thought he sounded Australian but I’ll have to ask my Sony contact. The demo did exist. It’s on the Reader Revolution page. I thought the demo was nicely done and hope that more demos can be done to show how to use the device. I understand that Harlequin will be doing demos on how to download ebooks.
Question No. 16: What is your random number?
Random generator picked 72.
Amelia S’s entry
1. Three colors
2. Sangria Red, Silver, Dark Blue
3. E-ink (R) “Electronic Paper”
4. Sony PRS 700BC
5. Adobe PDF, JPEG, BBeB, RTF, TXT, BBeB DRM are natively supported. Other formats (Microsoft Word, HTML, can be viewed with included conversion software.)
6. DRM – Digital Rights Management
7. Books on Board: Adobe ePub or Adobe Digital Editions; Fictionwise: Sony LRF format; eHarlequin: Adobe Digital Editions or Adobe Reader 7
8. 9 ounces (PRS-505); 10 ounces (PRS-700BC) (without covers)
9. 6-inch display
10. 160 typical ebooks
11. Removable Memory Stick Duo media or SD memory cards
12. 7,000 page views (or up to two weeks of reading)
14. Target, Borders
15. Smoke Screen by Sandra Brown