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Nice eReader with a (large) Flaw

  • Jul 29, 2010
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I was in the market for an e-Reader for a while, and I wanted an eReader that supports industry standard (ePub), so that pretty much ruled out the Kindle.  Since I have saved a lot of credit on my Sony card, I decided to use some of the credit on the Sony PRS-600.

The Sony ebook reader is very well made, it is very light and with touch screen support, and has most everything you need in an e-reader, the touch screen is really a nice feature, looking up words using the built-in dictionary is as easy as it can be, just double tap on the word (using your finger or the stylus that came with the reader), and a definition snippet will show up on the bottom of the screen, and you can expand it to get the full view.  Page turning is very fast, you can flip through the pages without much delay at all, much faster than kindle or nook (I also have a nook and I have seen the kindle in action as well).  The reader also provides various methods to browse for books, you can look up a book by author, by genre, or even by series (i.e. Harry Potter), which is a great feature if you have a lot of books, and you need to find the book you want to read, it also has memory slot if you ever run out of space (it has 512MB built in). 

The Sony reader doesn't have nearly as many bells and whistles as other popular e-readers, it doesn't have 3G or wireless support, so you'll have to buy books on a computer and transfer the book to the reader via USB connection, and the built-in book management software is not very user friendly, fortunately, it works with Calibre (a free e-book management software), so that's not a problem for me. 

The biggest problem I have with this reader is the large amount of screen glare, if you read it with light shining on the reader, you'll get a lot of reflection and you can almost see yourself on the screen, you have to tilt the reader to a certain angle to be able to read the text on screen, and the contrast on the text is not nearly as good as the Nook or Kindle, I guess in order for the touch screen to work, Sony has to put the extra layer on the screen, but that also caused the contrast and glare problem.

It's too bad that the PRS-600 has the one "glaring" problem, I bought a Nook after a few months with the Sony reader, even though I still much prefer the interface on the Sony reader, the Nook provides a much better reading experience, so now I do my reading almost exclusively on the Nook, hopefully Sony can get some of the problems resolved in their next generation of readers.
 

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February 21, 2012
Convincingly conveyed !
 
August 01, 2010
Eh, bummer! Well, thanks for the heads up, James!
 
July 31, 2010
For me, lack of back lighting on ALL the readers was a deal breaker. I opted for the IPad ultimately and I'm very glad that I did. Nice review.
 
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Quick Tip by . June 29, 2010
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Quick Tip by . June 29, 2010
The Sony Reader is one of those products that just works. And its nice to have the option of an sd card for more memory. Really like this device for a simple, easy to use e-reader.
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The Reader Touch Edition features a 6"display with simple, easy-to-use touchscreen navigation. Turn pages with the swipe of a finger and enjoy fast and intuitive navigation of your favorite books. Take freehand notes and highlight sections of text you want to revisit later, just as you would in a real book, using the included stylus. If you prefer, a virtual keyboard is also available for entering quick notes or searching your eBooks. If you want, you can even export your notes to your computer using the eBook Library software. Enjoy access to a wider number of books from a wider number of places. By supporting both industry standard formats, ePub and PDF, you can access books at Sony's eBookstore, check out books from public libraries, access over 500,000 free public domain titles from Google, as well as sharing sites, online aggregators and personal publishers (Internet access is required). Not sure which books to bring on your trip? With the Reader Touch Edition, you will never have to make that choice again. 512MB of onboard memory lets you carry up to 350 of your favorite books at a time. Whether you're venturing across town or across the country, the Reader Touch Edition makes an ideal travelling companion. Measuring just 0.4" thin and weighing less than 9 ounces, the Reader Touch Edition is thinner and more lightweight than almost any book, and even many magazines. The Reader Touch Edition utilizes E-Ink screen technology to deliver an amazing, ...
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