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Sony PRS-300BC Reader Pocket Edition Blue

3.9 out of 5 stars 75 customer reviews

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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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Product Description

Enjoy hundreds of books within one handy device with this Sony PRS-300BC 5-inch E-Book Reader!The PRS-300BC features a Vizplex 5-inch E Ink screen with 8-level gray scale that lets you comfortably read electronic books for hours on end without tiring your eyes. It's powered by a i.MX1L processor and includes 512 MB of internal flash memory.The thin and lightweight design feels like you're reading a thin pamphlet and includes a convenient carrying sleeve that's perfect for travel. The Sony PRS-300BC supports PDF, DRM, ePub, BBeB Book, RTF and Word files to give you a wider range of choices. Order your Sony PRS-300BC E-Book Reader today! By law, California shipments of this product are subject to an $6.00 Electronic Waste Recycling Fee

Product Information

Product Dimensions 4.2 x 0.4 x 6.2 inches
Item Weight 7.8 ounces
Shipping Weight 14.4 ounces
Item model number PRS-300BC
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3.9 out of 5 stars 75 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Date first available at Amazon.com August 26, 2009

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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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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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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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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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