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Sony PRS-600SC Touch Edition E-Book Reader

by Sony

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  • Gray Scale : 8-levels gray scale
  • Resolution : 800 x 600 pixels
  • Screen Size : VizplexTM 6 inches
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model: PRS600SREF
  • Display Size: 6 inches

Product Details

  • Item Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Item model number: PRS600SREF
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,401 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at August 25, 2009

Product Description

The Sony PRS-600 Touch Edition E-Book Reader allows readers to access up to 350 of their favorite books from anywhere. The intuitive touch screen display makes navigation a breeze, and lets readers turn pages with the swipe of a finger. An included stylus offers freehand highlighting and annotation. The Sony PRS-600 Touch Edition E-Book Reader also supports multiple file formats including ePub and PDF, giving owners access to more books from more places, including The eBook Store from Sony including more than one million free public domain titles from Google Books.

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Customer Reviews

Very easy to use, have yet to have a problem trying to figure anything out.
E. Monti
I planned to use the reader for reading ebooks, but also for checking programming reference books, recipes and so.
The screen makes uncontable reflections of light and sometimes you have to find angles so you can read.
Dennis Ripoll

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88 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Alex S TOP 50 REVIEWER on August 28, 2009
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I have been following the e-book readers for some time, and I wanted several things for me to "jump on the bandwagon." ***Since I have received many questions, I am now including a video to demonstrate my favorite features***

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!

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.

*** I live in an isolated area - so neither Whispernet for the Kindle nor the upcoming 3G connection on the more expensive Daily model would be helpful - I'm just as happy to order my books "in advance" and carry them with me.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Auric on November 14, 2009
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I did a fair amount of research before I bought this item. I studied the Kindle, and the more I read about it, the less I liked it! (Sorry Amazon!) I don't like the idea that my books reside on Amazon for me to down load again if I lose them (I guess I'm old school and want to be able to access my stuff on MY computer).

I'm also a fan of open architecture and that's what led me to the Sony.

On one review a person complained about the software. I'm not sure what operating system they have, but I have XP, and have had absolutely NO problems what so ever with crashes.

Pros: Open architecture, ton's of stuff out there that you can down load for free, Sony offers new free or low priced books just about every month, can read both ePub and PDF files with no problem. If you lose a book (I accidentally deleted one on my computer!) you can download it again for free.

Cons: The contrast on the touch edition is not as high as I would like it. I would like the background to be a bit whiter (I understand it's quite white on the Kindle), the touch screen is sometimes a bit twitchy especially on hi-liting, but once you get the hang of it's idiosyncrasies, not so bad. The dictionary is a bit limited: I find (at least in the books I read) it does not recognize quite a few words. I would like to see an update to a significantly better & comprehensive dictionary, (even if I have to pay a bit for it) which would operate seamlessly with this reader.

Cons true of all readers not just Sony: I'm not sure if this is a result of the Publishers' policies, but the so called "List Price" of eBooks seem totally arbitrary! So the so-called "discount" from list doesn't work out to be much of a discount!
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By B. Fosse on October 12, 2009
The bottom line is that this is a great piece of hardware that is crippled by poor software and a limited selection of retail books. The core purpose of the reader is hindered by not being able to effectively and reliably transfer purchased books.

I have been following e-reader devices for over two years. Always waiting for the "next" device to come out, my wife rallied my family to go in together and surprise me with this reader for my birthday. I was very excited and loved the device until I tried to purchase books for it. The #1 problem was that Sony's eBook Library software crashed whenever I tried to transfer a purchased book to it. Granted, I only purchased books from Sony's store so this may not be the case with other eBook vendors.

I'm highly proficient with computers and would describe myself as an early adopter for new technologies. This is the most disappointed I have been with a device manufacturer in years. The reason is that I love the eReader! It is well built and has a great feature set. Getting books from Google and local libraries is a great option and works great (I did it). But Sony completely dropped the ball on their software to purchase protected books. After 4 hours of trying to get it to work consistently across 2 desktops and a laptop I knew I couldn't keep the reader. The final factor was when I realized this has been and remains to be an unresolved issue for past models of Sony readers as well. Sony never appeared to resolve the issue for those having problems in the past and it persists to this day.

If the software works with your computer then I would recommend this reader. However, based on my disappointing experience I can't recommend giving it a try.
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