TRE 1 – Otis Gates, Sony Reader Expert

Otis Gates is a Sony Reader product expert for Sony Electronics.  Darlene and I interviewed him on January 9, 2010, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.  Is His job is to translate the eReader’s specifications and capabilities into usable form for, say, a Best Buy sales rep demonstrating a Daily Edition to a customer.

Otis’s familiarity with the Daily Edition made him a great person to talk to about this promising new entry into the eBook sector.  Walt Mossberg of The Wall Street Journal has just posted an even-handed review of the Daily Edition, calling it “a big boost for Sony” that “enables them to be in the game in a bigger way than they have been,” mainly because it is Sony’s first wireless eReader.

My own Daily Edition will arrive here in Denver next week, and I’m looking forward to putting it through its paces.  I’m not thrilled that it comes with a stylus that I will probably lose, but the touch screen looks intriguing and I’ll be interested to see how much of an advantage the Daily Edition’s seven-inch diagonal measurement gives it over the six-inch diagonal of the Kindle.

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9 Responses to “TRE 1 – Otis Gates, Sony Reader Expert”

  1. Kesler Woodward Says:

    Great interview and commentary. Congratulations on the new podcast! Can’t wait to see where you go and what you make of it, as time goes along. All my best.

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  3. Jim Jones Says:


    Congratulations on the launch! Are we able to subscribe to TRE at iTunes as well?

  4. Rick Askenase Says:

    Well, a new podcast from Len. Great!! It’s off to a rousing start. Ioook forward to checking this out regularly.

    I hope that you can get some author interviews!!

  5. Fred Zelders Says:

    Congratulations! with The Reading Edge podcast Len.

    I’m a great fan of the Kindle Chronicles and no doubt will become one of TRE too.

    Great idea to create this one (with a wider eReader/eBook scope) beside the Kindle Chronicles.

    As I write this comment iTunes is downloading the first episode. Can’t wait to listen to it.

    N.B. I noticed there is no customized podcast icon for this podcast in the iTunes podcast section:

  6. Will D Says:

    Great news about this new resource, Len! One only need look at the press from CES to know that a flood of ereaders are on the way. We will look for your incisive commentary to make sense out of what looks to be a thrilling and challenging year with these devices! I am planning an expansion of edukindle to a blog called eBook educator at blogspot. I think the future is broader than the Kindle alone…;-)

  7. Otis G Says:

    Thanks for the opportunity Len! It was a pleasure meeting you and Darlene and being interviewed by you. I hope we get to meet again next year at CES again!

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