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Sony PRS-300BC Reader Pocket Edition Blue

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  • Elegant, lightweight design with 5" display
  • Paper-like display for easy, natural reading
  • Three adjustable font sizes to enhance reading
  • Quick page turns and high contrast ratio
  • Carry up to 350 of your favorite books at a time
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Technical Details

  • 3 font sizes to customize your reading experience
  • Quick page turns and high contrast ratio
  • Right and left-hand side page advance buttons
  • Thoughtful navigation and button placement

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.4 x 6.2 inches ; 7.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002MWWMH8
  • Item model number: PRS-300BC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 26, 2009

Product Description

Sony PRS-300BC Black Reader Pocket EditionThe Reader Pocket Edition sports a five-inch electronic paper display packaged in a stylish chassis and is available in a variety of colors, including navy blue, rose and silver. The Reader Pocket Edition is easy to navigate with one hand, and fits into a purse or jacket pocket. The diminutive device can store about 350 standard eBooks and provides up to two weeks of reading enjoyment on a single battery charge.Features:* Sony's award-winning industrial design and an E Ink Vizplex electronic paper display that mimics the look of ink on paper. * Includes an attractive protective sleeve and USB cable. * Elegant, lightweight design with 5"display The Reader Pocket EditionTM features a 5" display and an elegant, lightweight design that's easy to slip into a purse or jacket pocket for convenient, on-the-go reading.* Carry up to 350 ofyour favorite books at a time Not sure which books to bring on your trip? With the Reader Pocket 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.* Open format provides access to books from various sources 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 ebookstore.sony.com, 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.* Paper-like display for easy, natural reading The Reader Pocket Edition utilizes EInk screen technologyto deliver an amazing, paper-like display that's more like ink on paper and fully readable in direct sunlight.* Intuitive eBook Library software for PC and Mac Intuitive eBook Library software makes it easy to download eBooks, manage your collection, and transfer titles to your Reader Pocket Edition. eBook Library software

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Customer Reviews

There are thousands of books for free that can be easily read on this reader.
Russ
One device with which I was previously as impressed was the iPod Touch, which I've found to be simply one of the best consumer goods purchases that I've ever made.
Chris C
The battery life was excellent, and an hour's charge seemed to last for several days.
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354 of 356 people found the following review helpful By Chris C on September 23, 2009
I rarely, if ever, write reviews for products, simply because I rarely find a product that dramatically exceeds, or fails to meet, its published description. The PRS-300 "Pocket Edition" ereader is a device that provided a far better than expected experience.

One device with which I was previously as impressed was the iPod Touch, which I've found to be simply one of the best consumer goods purchases that I've ever made. Funny enough, my principle use for the Touch was as an ebook reader, and it was the Touch's shortcomings as an ebook reader that eventually prompted me to purchase the Sony PRS-300 "Pocket Edition".

I read extensively, both on my work commute (1.5 hours each workday on public transit), and in the evenings and on weekends. Conservatively, I probably read upwards of 20 hours each week, both ebooks and downloaded news articles and the like. I previously purchased the Sony PRS-505, in late 2007, and found it to be a good ereader. The PRS-505 provided a sharp, glare-free page image that was easy and relaxing to read. Unfortunately, it was a bit delicate, and within a few weeks of purchasing I had managed to drop it (from only about 2.5 feet) and crush the upper corner, dislodging the power slider. After having it fixed under warranty, I held onto the PRS-505 until mid-2008, when I purchased an iPod Touch. I read on the Touch, and--briefly--on the Amazon Kindle 2, until I purchased the PRS-300.

The new PRS-300 "Pocket Edition" over-comes several of the short-comings of the Sony PRS-505 and Amazon Kindle 2:

1. Great form-factor: The PRS-300 really will fit in a pocket, either a jacket pocket or very comfortably in a pocket of my cargo shorts on the weekend.
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198 of 211 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Currie-Knight TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 28, 2009
The Sony Ebook Reader Pocket edition is a very solid ebook reader for certain types of readers. At a much lesser cost than the kindle, I would strongly reccomend this reader for those who want an easy-to-use, no nonsense, bells, or whistles, ereader. If you are not planning on taking notes, highlighting passages, having a book read to you via text-to-voice, or store 1,000 books at a time, then why pay extra for a kindle 2 with those features when you can pay less for this solid machine?

But, alas, I am not that kind of reader. I do highlight, make "notes in the margins," and - from time to time - want to turn my book into an audiobook (even if it does sound like a GPS).

Here's the backstory. I am a kindle user who has become frustrated with several features of the kindle, nonetheleast of which are its lack of page numbers (making it hard to reference passages to others) and its proprietary nature (why can't it handle PDF's without a cumbersome conversion process?!). So, I bought a Sony Ebook Reader Pocket edition to play around with.

Immediately, I was struck by its compact design, with a 5'' screen perfect for putting in one's jacket pocket, briefcase, or carry-on bag. I was also VERY impressed with its readability; in my opinion, the resolution and text-to-screen contrast is actually better than the kindle (albeit only barely). It is easy to turn pages, jump from one page to another (this is much easier than on the kindle), and one has the option of text appearing vertically or horizontally on the screen.

Now, the downside: instead of five text sizes, there are only three (sometimes the choice is between just too smal and just too big). AND DO NOT BE FOOLED BY THE CLAIM THAT THIS MACHINE HANDLES PDF FILES WELL; it doesn't.
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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Eric Westrope on September 8, 2009
Pros: The unit is slightly smaller then a standard paperback and slimmer, so it fits inside a jacket or coat pocket nicely. The unit is light and the screen is easy to read in bright light. It handles the .lrf, .epub and .pdf files

Cons: The page turn button placement is located in the center at the bottom, which makes it awkward to hold and turn the page. The unit ships with a slip cover rather then a book style cover, so you will not be able to use a clip on book light unless you purchase the book style cover from Sony. Also the unit does not ship with a plug in charger, just the USB adapter, so you will have to plug the unit in to your computer to charge it. It does not have an external memory slot for add on memory storage.

Overall, the Sony PRS-300 Pocket Edition Reader is nice and worth the price, even with the cons listed above, the unit does the job, and if you are a person on the go that needs a small compact reader, this one it worth the price.
It is small and easy to use and you can import your own documents with simple ease using either the Sony Reader software or using the opensource software Calibre.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By areldthomp on September 28, 2009
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I've owned my reader over a week. I did alot of research reading reviews here, Sony, and on CNET. I decided to go with the Pocket Reader for size and price. I ordered the cover with the light for a more book like experience when I hold the book. This is the only cover so far for this reader. The reader is more black than blue. I chose the dark color so I could focus better on the screen. It was a good choice.

I've downloaded 2 books from my library for free. I have finished one and reading the other. I have 7 days to read them and the reader has a handy count down for me. The files were Adobe and they downloaded easily. The only issue I had was the small font was really small so I have to bump up to a medium font. The font at medium is the same size as reading a paperback. It's not perfect (more page turns) but is is quite good. Hopefully my library will have Epub files in the future. I refuse to pay money for books if I can get them for free.

All said in previous reviews are correct. I was disappointed to find Google Books no longer has free books. There was a lawsuit and apparently Google was the Napster of books. So no more free downloads. There now is no place to get free books as all the websites are shut down. Hopefully the Sony bookstore will offer free books of classics as Kindle does. Wish Sony would stop advertising you can get free books. Kudos to them for the promoting local libraries tho.

All in all this is a great little reader, no frills and easy on the budget. It won't totally be my reading source but it gives me another option fro reading. I plan on using it for a long time.

Update 28 Oct: I've had some software issues. Contacted Sony and Customer Service was really good. Fixed the Sony issue quickly.
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