You may recall my waxing rhapsodic about the Sony E-Reader a while back. What you didn’t read, and will not now ever read, is anything pertaining to affection for their E-Library software.
I hadn’t used my E-reader in a while, for I’ve been loaded up with real books – mostly ARC’s and library, but a few which I purchased for myself with the remains of a bookstore gift card I was lucky enough to receive for my birthday. Last night, I decided to treat myself to a new download or two. So I logged onto my Reader Library, and purchased Anna Quindlen’s latest novel.
First off, the download failed. Those concentric circles stopped spinning, but the book never appeared in my electronic library.
Then a pop-up window advises me to download the latest upgrade to the Reader software, version 3.2, I believe it is.
Okay, I think, maybe that will fix this problem.
I successfully download this new version, retart my computer as it advised, and click on the icon.
Just one revolution of the little blue Vista circles that usually mean “just a second, we’ll be right with you.”
But not this time.
I kept clicking, and right clicking – the program simply wouldn’t open. Re-booted again. Nothing.
Well, dandy, I thought. What good is an e-reader if I can’t get to my books?
I’ll spare you details of the frantic googling and hair pulling which ensued. In summary, I performed every possible fix advised by Sony and by several message Google message boards (where lo and behold it seems a lot of other people have had the same difficulty – the software just stops working for no apparent reason.)
This afternoon, I downloaded the E-reader software onto my husband’s Toshiba laptop, where it appears to be working fine. The problem is that if/when I sync from his computer to mine, it will erase all the books I had previously transferred from the application on my Sony laptop. Since there are a couple of books I haven’t yet read, I’d like to read them first – before they disappear into cyberspace forever.
Which is where the Anna Quindlen novel I bought last night initiating this entire fiasco is currently floating around too, I suppose.
Meanwhile, I’m so happy to have a nice solid stack of real paper and ink books piled up in the corner.