Sony PRS-505/LC Blue Digital Book Reader
- Enter your model number to make sure this fits.
- Easy to read display - e-paper display with quicker page turns
- Premium design - Simple, yet sophisticated with easier navigation
- Compact and lightweight
- Integrated eBookstore with 20K titles
- Up to 7,500 page turns on full charge
Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed
Top Customer Reviews
Because it is the best eBook reader on the market currently BUT it has problems , but again on the other hand it has less problems than any other device :)
So let's begin :
First you need to know about it is that it's NOT LCD screen. Why this important ? - Two reasons:
a) I and many people can't read from LCD , the back lighting gives me a headache and my eyes get tired after several minutes , with this device I can read as any paper book. It has just white (well actually bit gray) screen and text looks black on it.
b) The battery holds much longer, and I mean really longer, with regular PDA or cell phone it runs out after 3-5 hours (depending on device and battery) but here it can sustain the device for month. How this happens ? - well this eInk technology does not require power to keep image on screen, just to draw it so battery get used mostly only when you turn the page and believe me you can finish several books with one charge.
I previously owned earlier version of this device called PRS-500 in this version they had fixed several issues I had with previous one.
- They made it appear as "Mass storage device" when connecting to computer so you can just drug-and-drop files there.
- They moved page turn buttons to the right side of the device so now you can hold it with both hands and pressing the buttons right hand is more intuitive.
- They moved the menu selection buttons from bellow the screen to the right so they match software menu positions - a much welcome change also since the right hand is closer to them and it's more intuitive, like in some ATM machines :) Also "Size" button (controlling the text size) moved to more convenient location.Read more ›
Since there are many other reviews on the various features I'm just going to touch on some of the key areas that I think are important.
- The Prs-505 is only slightly larger than a paperpack book, which means it feels very much like reading a paperback and you can easily hold it one-handed while reading.
- The controls are pretty intuitive so using the reader is very straightforward
- The leather case is good quality and thick enough so you don't have to worry about easily damaging the reader.
- There are buttons for turning the page on both the left and right sides of the reader, which is great for us left handed people.
- You can set things in landscape mode if you want even larger fonts and wider margins.
- Even though the reader is about the size of a paperback the screen still gives you about 80% of the area of a page. This is a nice tradeoff of size vs space. (And yes the screen could always be larger, but it works well when comparing it to the paperbacks I read.)
- There is enough internal memory to store 100+ books, which even on the longest of trips should be enough.
- The battery life is phenomenal! I don't have a single other handheld electronic device that lasts near as long (cell phone; PDA; laptop; etc. etc.)
- The reader can read many other formats besides the Sony LRF format (see cons and additional notes below for more on this).
- Depending on the format there are multiple zoom levels.Read more ›
The display is clear but a little darkish under weaker room lighting. It will be great to make the page a little more white, although that is certainly technologically challenging. Although the reader plays pdf files, the small screen and limited enlargement make certain pdf documents such as text and instruction manuals very hard to read due to the small print. I thought the ability to read pdf was a plus but I was personally disappointed by the awkward way I had to read my loaded documents. Landscape reading helps some, but it is non intuitive.
Although gray scale levels have improved, graphics-intensive pdfs are still slightly not optimal. Page loads and page turning still tend to be a little slow, although not intolerable to the point of irritation.
The eBook library and especially eBook store is a clunky interface strongly suggestive of being designed by some second year engineering graduate with absolutely no concept of marketing and product/user environment packaging. The on-line store is not browser friendly and some title searches seem to go such a long time I wonder if the computer had hung. Overall, the eBook store is not going to be an asset to Sony as they compete with the sexier and more user friendly Kindle environment. There is much room for improvement here. Hint: find another programming team.
Engineering wise, the device is well engineered and very well packaged into a compact light weight design. Dimensional fit of the casing and switches is outstanding. It looks like it will last a long time of use. Definitely not some cheap import stuff. The light weight is comfortable to hold for long periods of time.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This got to me in 2 days with the free shipping. I'm not allowed to have wireless capable devices at my job so this is perfect to keep me engaged in down times. Read morePublished on January 13, 2014 by Rebecca Brodhagen
I've got it as replacement of my old one that is dying( have lines appearing on the screen - which is matrix issue ) I had my old one for years now and use it almost every day. Read morePublished on January 13, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I use this e-book heavily every day for a year+ and I still don't have any complains. All buttons are working properly, a battery lasts very long time, no break downs. Read morePublished on March 1, 2013 by Nadejda Poznanskaya
This is my second PRS505. I donated the first one to a friend in Africa so I can send him books on SD cards. It's still a great, convenient product. Read morePublished on June 9, 2012 by DSMR
it does not work at all and i may not understand its function ,can you please tell me how to operate it?the screen is black and after switching power on it also does not work!!!!Published on July 14, 2011 by ihab fouad moussa wahba
Having had my Sony Reader for almost 2 years now, I still continue to use and love this device. I've seen other readers come and go and even with the introduction of the iPad,... Read morePublished on May 20, 2010 by Ali Z.
I have had my PRS-505 for a little over a year, have loved using it - downloads and reading are a snap, or so I thought. Read morePublished on April 23, 2010 by Jane Sterett
I've used this on several trips, reading on airplanes, trains and our sailboat. I've had no trouble reading outside in bright sunlight and battery life has been sufficient. Read morePublished on April 17, 2010 by Long Rifle