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Sony PRS-600 Electronic Book Reader in Black w/ Premium Cover and AC Charger ...

by Sony

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  • ASIN: B002PIIGU6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,037 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 28, 2010

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Alex S TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 2, 2009
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The video includes a few of my favorite features on the Sony, but misses things like the dictionary and audio options - since you can use up to a 16g SD chip - it is also possible to carry some of your albums with you, permitting the reader to substitute as an mpg player as well.

This particular model comes with the cover AND the A/C Adapter - which is why the price is a bit higher, but it is a great option. The 600 comes with a little clutch bag instead of a cover, and most of us have discovered that a cover is necessary. It not only protects the screen, but it is the best way to clip on a light if you are reading in a dark location.

Since the Sony comes with a USB connector that also charges it, some do not feel the A/C adapter is necessary, but it was my first purchase after I bought the Sony! I plug it in at night (just like I do my cell-phone and other necessary items) and it is always fresh to read in the morning. The A/C adapter is also essential when I am traveling, since I do not always have my laptop available to charge it. While the Sony has 7,000 page turns on the battery, I read in large print, meaning I turn the pages quite frequently, and can't go more than 2-3 days without a charge.

If you prefer to purchase a cover and charger separately, there is actually no savings to the package deal. However, if you are purchasing this as a gift, including everything as a package is a very nice idea.

I have been following the e-book readers for some time, and I wanted several things for me to "jump on the bandwagon."

1) I have a number of PDF reference books, so a Reader needs to handle these well. Since my books are text, these reflow well on the Sony.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Marcy on December 27, 2009
I absolutely love this reader. I have a Kindle 1 and a Kindle 2 and this one is much better than them by a wide margin. The page turns are faster, the interface is easier to use and most importantly it has *folders* so I can sort my almost 1000 books into meaningful categories instead of having them in one huge sprawling list. This also handles many more formats than the Kindle, including the epub which seems to be heading to be the industry standard. You can borrow library ebooks from your local library if they participate in ebook lending. The only downside compared to the Kindle is that it doesn't have the markers showing how much of a book you've read on the listing screen -- this lets you know which books you indeed have read and haven't read.

The one huge downer for this reader is Sony's useless, buggy and mainly nonfunctional software. It is a waste of time to even install it. It does not handle collections (folders) correctly, frequently crashes and often screws up the reader content. If you buy any Sony reader just google for Calibre ebook management and you will be led to the most wonderful piece of freeware that does the job that Sony's crap software doesn't do. Calibre is almost all you could ask for in a commercial program, and is totally free.
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After loads of research, I purchased a Kindle in July 2009 only to return it because the global wireless was not yet available. The only ereader I wanted was a Kindle and was sorely disappointed when it did not work to my expectations.

I had to do the research all over again and there was one thing that kept coming to the fore...the Kindle does not handle .pdf files well. I had loads of .pdf files from research etc. So, I purchased the Sony PRS-600 and am not sorry.

Like anything, it does have its pros and cons. I have yet to understand how the dictionary works...sometimes I find it, sometimes I don't. There is a slight glare depending on how the device is held, but a slight shift in position makes this a non-issue.

I have found the selection on the eReader store to be extensive and not limiting in any way. The device itself is unbelievably easy to use everyone who I have shown it to so far are truly impressed with its ease of operation. The lack of wireless capability is not an issue for me, as I do not reside in the USA. Whenever I am on the computer, I connect the device and search the store for new books. On purchasing, it automatically downloads to the device.

The ability to adjust the font size in .pdf files is also key ... something which the Kindle cannot do.

Most importantly to me, it handles .pdf files extremely well.
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