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Sony PRS700BC Digital Book Reader [Electronics]

by Sony
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  • The Reader Digital Book allows you to search, browse and buy new releases, from The eBook Store from Sony and other participating Websites.
  • With the included eBook Library 2.0 PC Software, you can easily transfer Adobe PDF documents, Microsoft Word documents, BBeB format.
  • You can even play back of unsecured MP3 and AAC audio files. (Headphones not included.)
  • Search, browse, and buy new releases, classics, and popular digital book titles from The eBook Store from Sony and other participating Websites.
  • 20MB Minimum available Hard Drive space
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Technical Details

  • Ultra Portable
  • Long battery life
  • Internal storage
  • Thousands of eBooks available
  • Multiple formats supported
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Product Details

  • Item Weight: 10.1 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • ASIN: B001HHZ1S6
  • Item model number: PRS-700BC
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,623 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 18, 2005

Product Description

Make the most of your reading experience with this next-generation Reader Digital Book. It features an interactive touch screen display and built-in light. Don't carry and tarry heavy books. Download and read them on this delightful electronic device. Imagine holding a library of books conveniently in one hand. Begin a new chapter with the PRS-700BC Reader Digital Book. Boasting an impressive 6.0-inch, touch screen display, this Reader uses paper-like E Ink technology which makes it easier to read, even in bright-light situations. In addition to a built-in light, there's an interactive touch screen that lets you turn pages with the slide of a finger or activate the bookmark. You can also create annotations with a virtual keyboard, highlight text with a stylus pen, search for text in your digital book, and easily adjust the font size. A faster processor gives you quicker response times when opening content or turning pages. Ideal for travelers or people who like to read while on the go, the PRS-700BC holds approximately 320 digital books. A sizeable 6-inch display with touchscreen technology lets you interact with the Reader just like a real book. A simple movement with the slide of a finger lets you easily turn pages or activate the bookmark. It also features a virtual keyboard that can be used for quick annotation or search. While most portable electronics lose power after only a few hours, the Reader Digital Book lets you turn up to 7,500 continuous pages (or up to two weeks of reading) on a single charge of internal rechargeable battery. USB connector for data transfer (broadband Internet service suggested) Battery Type - Rechargeable Lithium-Ion / Recharging Time - Approx. 4 Hours with USB charging from powered Computer or Approx. 2 Hours when using optional AC wall charger Sony USA Limited Warranty - 90-Day Parts and Labor

Customer Reviews

The Sony PRS-700 definitely has a fantastic NON SMUDGE screen.
silver bird
Sony will probably never see past their expected market and will probably never support any use of their hardware in any way they have not explicitly designed it for.
Thomas Cherry
You can read in complete darkness with either the low or high setting on the light without eye strain.
David S. Vanvliet

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

172 of 174 people found the following review helpful By Bibliophile on November 13, 2008
I had a Sony reader PRS-505 for a year then bought the new PRS-700 model.
The new model comes with a touch screen put over the letter screen, allowing to turn pages back and forth with swiping motion like iphone. As a result there are fewer buttons for control; a stylus is provided to highlight or search words and make notes.
A little drawback: The added layer of the touch screen causes the underlying letters to appear slightly foggy. However, unless you have a previous model next to the new one to compare, you wouldn't notice it. The appearance of the letters is still excellent. The new PRS 700 offers LED lights around the screen to allow reading in a dark environment. It is slightly thicker and comes in one color. (black). It can now take up to 8G SD card instead of 2G. The grey scale is 8; the resolution is 170 psi---no change from previous model. I upgraded to the new model after thinking about the slightly diminished appearance of the ink letters; I am very happy with the purchase.
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94 of 96 people found the following review helpful By silver bird on March 21, 2009
I have never left a review on Amazon.com before, although I have bought many products here over the years.
I decided to leave a review for the Sony Portable Reader 700, since there seems to be some misconception regarding this product, and there aren't ENOUGH (real) reviews here, as opposed to the Kindle (Amazon's own proprietary reader, which is heavily advertised here). I think the reason for this is because amazon reading device, is sold EXCLUSIVELY on Amazon.com to Americans. So it's only natural that it has many hundreds of reviews on this site.
The Sony Readers are sold in thousands of locations, airports, stores, online, bookstores etc. and in several countries around the world. Since very few Sony Reader owners bought their device on Amazon, it's only natural that the reviews here are much fewer. (Then unfortunately there are the Trolls, who leave fake bad 'reviews' for the Sony Reader, trying to damage the ratings for some reason known only to themselves).

This is Sony's 4th e-ink Reader. First the Librie in 2004 which was the very first e-ink reader in the world, then theSony PRS-500 Portable Reader System, in 2006. The PRS-505 which came in three colors in 2007 ; Sony PRS-505/LC Blue Digital Book Reader,Sony PRS-505/RC Digital eBook Reader - Red,
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191 of 205 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Crowder on November 16, 2008
The most striking change in the new 700 when compared to the 505 is the new touch screen. Unfortunately, this is the exact thing that has actually caused the 700 to be a less desirable product than the 505. The main problem is readibility. With the 505, the E-ink screen is really like paper. You can read it in low light, angles, etc., and it is very clear. That is not the case with the 700. Due to the touch screen addition, the screen now looks much more like the grayscale screen on something like a graphing calculator. There is a significant decrease in contrast (the "white" now looks "gray"). I found it hard to read in some normal lighting conditions and it also had more glare than the 505. For example, when sitting in a normally lit room in the evening, with a light causing a mild shadow on the reader, I could not see then text (but could easily read a book in the same light. And the tragedy about this is the touch screen to me is a big "who cares". The 505 was easy enough to navigate. The only real new features are the notes and search, and I can't say that I have ever wanted to write notes in my books or search for words. Maybe you will, but I don't.

The other downgrade is navigation. By losing some buttons in favor of the touchscreen, more items now must by chosen on screen. An exaple - changing fonts with the 505 is one button press and it cycles to the next font size. With the 700, you have to press the font size key, then touch the screen to the desired font, then touch the screen to close the menu. Finally, in terms of user interface, the previous page turn buttons just seemed to sit at a natural location and were natural to use. Swiping your finger if you are holding the reader now requires a second hand (again, minor but a strange downgrade).
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful By silver bird on March 21, 2009
I have never left a review on Amazon.com before, (out of laziness) although I have bought many products here over the years.
I decided to leave a review for the Sony Portable Reader 700, since there seems to be some misconception regarding this product, and there aren't ENOUGH (real) reviews here, as opposed to the Kindle (Amazon's own proprietary reader, which is heavily advertised here). I think the reason for this is because amazon reading device, is sold EXCLUSIVELY on Amazon.com to Americans. So it's only natural that it has many hundreds of reviews on this site.
The Sony Readers are sold in thousands of locations, airports, stores, online, bookstores etc. and in several countries around the world. Since very few Sony Reader owners bought their device on Amazon, it's only natural that the reviews here are much fewer. (Then unfortunately there are the Trolls, who leave fake bad 'reviews' for the Sony Reader, trying to damage the ratings for some reason known only to themselves).

This is Sony's 4th e-ink Reader. First the Librie in 2004 which was the very first e-ink reader in the world, then the Sony PRS-500 Portable Reader System, in 2006. The PRS-505 which came in three colors in 2007; Sony PRS-505/LC Blue Digital Book Reader, the Sony PRS-505/RC Digital eBook Reader - Red, and the
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