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Sony PRS-600BC Touch Edition E-Book Reader

by Sony

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  • True Color, 1280 X 1024 Pixel Resolution
  • EPub, BBeB Book, PDF, TXT, RTF, Micrsoft Word Compatible
  • Image : JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP Compatible
  • Battery Life (Approx) : 7,500 (BBeB Book) Continuous Page Turn
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Technical Details

  • Model: PRS-600R

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 4.8 x 6.9 inches ; 10.1 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • ASIN: B002R5UYXY
  • Item model number: PRS-600R
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,085 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2003

Product Description

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, paper-like display that's more like ink on paper and fully readable in direct sunlight. Enjoy up to two full weeks of reading (7,500 continuous page turns) on a single battery charge. Paper-like display for easy, natural reading Two full weeks of reading on a single battery charge; Built-in Oxford American English eDictionary; Intuitive eBook Library software for PC and Mac 5 adjustable font sizes to customize your

Customer Reviews

TOUCH SCREEN: The touch screen is very responsive.
Eleanor Peters-clarke
Lookup of words in the dictionary, references to footnotes, highlighting and writing notes are quite easy with the touch screen.
A. Aponte Cordova
It's not a difficult fix and I hope Sony Support will issue a firmware or software fix on their web site.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

278 of 282 people found the following review helpful By Mike on September 3, 2009
Nothing is perfect and this reader is no exception.
What I like is that I can get any book I want from Google library or internet and I can read any of my 2000 pdf's easily. When you open pdf it allows you to increase and decrease font. If you increase font from small to large all pictures go away, but you can always go back to small font and even zoom in on pictures. I don't have to convert text files or MS Word documents on this thing. It allows you to add SD card(I have 2000 plus books and magazines on it now). This thing is fast and software that Sony created for it is very easy to use(I was surprised by that). Now, with all these books I don't need wireless :)
It's shorter than Kindle 2 by two fingers.
Screen is readable outside and I actually like the black letters against gray background as it's not as blinding as a real book on the very sunny day, but there are cons, see below.

Compare to Kindle 2 that my friend has at work it has more glare, because of the touch screen. Is it a showstopper? Not sure as adjusting the angle resolves the issue, but you do have to adjust the angle. Also, I find that contrast is not as good as a real book, but it is comparable to Kindle 2.

Verdict, I am keeping it for another 3-4 days to see if the glare gets to me, I will post an update if it does. Also, I think I do like it better than Kindle 2, because of the open format and expandable memory.

Update: Decided to keep it. It really grew on me. Surprisingly the glare is less of an issue outside and inside slight adjustments to the angle resolves it. Also, I like how it's built like a tank. I am really not afraid of breaking it.
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414 of 427 people found the following review helpful By Alex S TOP 50 REVIEWER on August 28, 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.

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.

2) Because I will use (and now am using) the Reader for reference books, it was important that I be able to access my notes directly from my computer to use in other documents. I actually began using the software on my desktop several months before I purchased the 600, and was pleased with its capabilities.

3) I enjoy the free epub books from my library. The Sony accesses these easily. There are also a number of locations besides Sony selling the epub or Adobe digital books (usable by the Sony Touch) giving me more choice in my decision.

4) The Touch handles my regular documents well - as a public speaker, I love having my speeches available to study on the reader, without having to print them out!

But for those looking for the points I already love (thus the 5 stars)
1) I love having the touch turn capability, just a brush of my thumb!
2) I enjoy the sideways and zoom features for PDFs that you want to keep "standard"
3) After only a couple of minutes, I forgot I was even using a reader and I got involved in the book.
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A. Aponte Cordova on November 18, 2009
I'm a first time buyer of e-readers. I hope my comments are helpful for other potential buyers.

Why Sony PRS-600?
1. Support of the PDF and EPUB open and international standards. Being in an IT oriented career, I have had enough headaches with proprietary formats to know to avoid them as much as possible.

2. I can buy books from multiple e-book stores. Suppliers with proprietary formats limit your choice of retailers (usually just to one). I believe the issue of available titles will balance itself out in the near future as the e-book market expands.

3. I must clarify that the wireless download, though nice, was not a big issue for me. I usually research and plan my reading material in my computer and with the internet. Also, for the moment I `m not interested in the magazine and periodical subscription services.

What I like:
1. The touch screen: It really facilitates and enhances your reading. Lookup of words in the dictionary, references to footnotes, highlighting and writing notes are quite easy with the touch screen. (** Note: Yes, there is a glare, but I have always been able to effortlessly find an angle where this is non-issue.)

2. The dictionary: English is not my first language and I have found out this tool to be very useful, particularly with the classics which usually have non-frequently used or outdated words.

3. The free book libraries: Yes, there are multiple sites with free books. I'm amazed at the quantity of free e-books available. Most of them in PDF and EPUB format. No problem so far downloading and reading these e-books in the PRS-600.

4. The font sizes: My eyes are not young. I really appreciate being able to increase the font size as needed.

What I don't like:
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