Sony PRS-300BC Reader Pocket Edition Blue
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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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|Item Dimensions||6.25 x 0.41 x 4.25 inches|
|Item Weight||0.49 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||0.9 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Manual reader..reasonably priced and you can read..but donot expect convenience in navigationPublished 23 months ago by Helen R. Villaruel
Great. Purchased for my daughter as a gift and she's very pleased.Published 23 months ago by Carol L. Roy
It supports a lots of different file types without the need to do any convertion, wich is great. Easy to use, fast, and portable.Published on January 27, 2014 by dorian neyra
I had the PRS-505 previously and I absolutely loved being able to carry a lot of books without the weight or the space and also being able to get series easily! Read morePublished on November 7, 2013 by Alice B.
Other than some slight signs of use or wear, all the readers I purchased work perfectly well and I am very pleased.Published on October 22, 2013 by Melanie
I previously owned this model reader, and was very happy with my first one and this one. It was delivered quickly and came with a really nice case and wall adapter, neither of... Read morePublished on August 15, 2013 by telam
This is my second PRS-300; I ran over the last one with my car and it still worked but the frame was bent. Read morePublished on August 4, 2013 by John H. Gibbs
I have a Silver Pocket Edition, so I ordered the BLUE Pocket Edition for my daughter as a gift. She and I share my Sony eBooks. We both love it. Read morePublished on June 23, 2013 by Sherri L F