I’ll stick with paper – Sony has another new e-reader, but it’s too rich for my blood

Sony announced today that they’ll be selling a new e-reader with a touch screen and wireless capability (obviously to rival the Kindle) for $299. This new Sony e-reader, coming on the heels of the release of their Reader Pocket and Reader Touch Editions which lacking wireless capability, will be available in December and is being called the Daily Edition. Meh, to the name. Though it does make me think of some kind of cross between The Daily Show, the Daily Planet and  NPR’s Morning Edition, all good things.

Is it just me or are the price tags for all these e-readers — Kindles, Sony, what have you — just still unappealing? $299? I don’t have that just lying around. Oh, I know it’s not ridiculously exorbitant. You can’t feed a third-world nation with that money, or even buy a decent lcd tv. But it’s not peanuts, at least not to me. And yes, I know, I was willing to shell out that much for my iPhone, but, well, it’s an iPhone. It calls people, and plays music, and goes on the Internet, and has games, keeps my calendar, gets me places, and makes the world generally a better place. The Daily Edition will just store books for me to read, and that’s it. Technically my iPhone (and yes, that’s as in “my preciousssss) can do that, too. And, you know, I may not have $299 lying around, but I do have all these books, old-fashioned and all, sure, but lying around already paid for, and waiting to be read. I can just keep reading those, and buying some new ones every now and then (most of them cost much less than $299) and even borrow them for free from the library. A lot of us reader-folk aren’t that annoyed by having to carry a book around, and most of us, when struck with the sudden urge to read a particular book, can wait the very short time it would take us to acquire it, should we so desire. (Amazon and Barnes & Noble both have pretty fast shipping. And again, the library.) My point is, the price tag is just too high. You’ve already got to convince me to change the way I do something, the way I read, something that’s fundamental to my life. Making it pricey just isn’t going to sweeten that deal… especially since, and I’m one of those gadgety people, you actually haven’t yet convinced me it’s worth doing at all.

That’ll be £2,500… library book returned 70 years overdue

I’m such a geek. If I have a library book out even just a couple of days late — something that hasn’t happened in a decade, at least — I feel like I need to apologize to the library, or something, perhaps with a note but at least a stammering “mea culpa” of shame.

But, not to judge. That’s the whole point of fine amnesty programs, so that books like this one get returned instead of disappearing from the collection forever.

Library book returned 20 years on

BBC News

A library book borrowed on the eve of World War II has been returned to an east London council – 70 years overdue.

Iris Chadwick, 83, borrowed the score of the musical Rose Marie from Cubitt Town Library, Tower Hamlets, in 1939.

The library’s 10p per day penalty for overdue books would equate to a fine of more than £2,500.

But Mrs Chadwick, who lived on the Isle of Dogs before moving to her current home in Dorset, was relieved when the council agreed to waive any fine.

While the book sat on her piano stool communism rose and fell, England won the football World Cup and man set foot on the moon.

But Mrs Chadwick’s conscience finally got the better of her when she encountered it while clearing out her house.

I’ve hung on to the book for so long because it was part of my childhood
Iris Chadwick

She said: “I was going to take it to the charity shop, but thought it still belongs to the library so perhaps I should check.

“I’ve hung on to the book for so long because it was part of my childhood.

“It brings back memories of the teacher who caught me playing the piano and instead of telling me off, told me to go to the library and borrow the music.”

Tower Hamlets Council has now introduced a three-month amnesty for late library books.

Councillor Rofique Ahmed, said: “It just goes to show it’s never too late to return a book.”