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Sony PRS-600BC Touch Edition E-Book Reader

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  • True Color, 1280 X 1024 Pixel Resolution
  • EPub, BBeB Book, PDF, TXT, RTF, Micrsoft Word Compatible
  • Image : JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP Compatible
  • Battery Life (Approx) : 7,500 (BBeB Book) Continuous Page Turn
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Product Features

  • Size (LWH): 0.39 inches, 4.76 inches, 6.86 inches
  • Weight: 10.08 ounces
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Product Description

The Reader Touch Edition features a 6"display with simple, easy-to-use touchscreen navigation. Turn pages with the swipe of a finger and enjoy fast and intuitive navigation of your favorite books. Take freehand notes and highlight sections of text you want to revisit later, just as you would in a real book, using the included stylus. If you prefer, a virtual keyboard is also available for entering quick notes or searching your eBooks. If you want, you can even export your notes to your computer using the eBook Library software. Enjoy access to a wider number of books from a wider number of places. By supporting both industry standard formats, ePub and PDF, you can access books at Sony's eBookstore, check out books from public libraries, access over 500,000 free public domain titles from Google, as well as sharing sites, online aggregators and personal publishers (Internet access is required). Not sure which books to bring on your trip? With the Reader Touch Edition, you will never have to make that choice again. 512MB of onboard memory lets you carry up to 350 of your favorite books at a time. Whether you're venturing across town or across the country, the Reader Touch Edition makes an ideal travelling companion. Measuring just 0.4" thin and weighing less than 9 ounces, the Reader Touch Edition is thinner and more lightweight than almost any book, and even many magazines. The Reader Touch Edition utilizes E-Ink screen technology to deliver an amazing, paper-like display that's more like ink on paper and fully readable in direct sunlight. Enjoy up to two full weeks of reading (7,500 continuous page turns) on a single battery charge. Paper-like display for easy, natural reading Two full weeks of reading on a single battery charge; Built-in Oxford American English eDictionary; Intuitive eBook Library software for PC and Mac 5 adjustable font sizes to customize your

Product Information

Product Dimensions 0.4 x 4.8 x 6.9 inches
Item Weight 10.1 ounces
Shipping Weight 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B002R5UYXY
Item model number PRS-600R
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By Mike on September 3, 2009
Nothing is perfect and this reader is no exception.
Pros
What I like is that I can get any book I want from Google library or internet and I can read any of my 2000 pdf's easily. When you open pdf it allows you to increase and decrease font. If you increase font from small to large all pictures go away, but you can always go back to small font and even zoom in on pictures. I don't have to convert text files or MS Word documents on this thing. It allows you to add SD card(I have 2000 plus books and magazines on it now). This thing is fast and software that Sony created for it is very easy to use(I was surprised by that). Now, with all these books I don't need wireless :)
It's shorter than Kindle 2 by two fingers.
Screen is readable outside and I actually like the black letters against gray background as it's not as blinding as a real book on the very sunny day, but there are cons, see below.

Cons
Compare to Kindle 2 that my friend has at work it has more glare, because of the touch screen. Is it a showstopper? Not sure as adjusting the angle resolves the issue, but you do have to adjust the angle. Also, I find that contrast is not as good as a real book, but it is comparable to Kindle 2.

Verdict, I am keeping it for another 3-4 days to see if the glare gets to me, I will post an update if it does. Also, I think I do like it better than Kindle 2, because of the open format and expandable memory.

Update: Decided to keep it. It really grew on me. Surprisingly the glare is less of an issue outside and inside slight adjustments to the angle resolves it. Also, I like how it's built like a tank. I am really not afraid of breaking it.
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I'm a first time buyer of e-readers. I hope my comments are helpful for other potential buyers.

Why Sony PRS-600?
1. Support of the PDF and EPUB open and international standards. Being in an IT oriented career, I have had enough headaches with proprietary formats to know to avoid them as much as possible.

2. I can buy books from multiple e-book stores. Suppliers with proprietary formats limit your choice of retailers (usually just to one). I believe the issue of available titles will balance itself out in the near future as the e-book market expands.

3. I must clarify that the wireless download, though nice, was not a big issue for me. I usually research and plan my reading material in my computer and with the internet. Also, for the moment I `m not interested in the magazine and periodical subscription services.

What I like:
1. The touch screen: It really facilitates and enhances your reading. Lookup of words in the dictionary, references to footnotes, highlighting and writing notes are quite easy with the touch screen. (** Note: Yes, there is a glare, but I have always been able to effortlessly find an angle where this is non-issue.)

2. The dictionary: English is not my first language and I have found out this tool to be very useful, particularly with the classics which usually have non-frequently used or outdated words.

3. The free book libraries: Yes, there are multiple sites with free books. I'm amazed at the quantity of free e-books available. Most of them in PDF and EPUB format. No problem so far downloading and reading these e-books in the PRS-600.

4. The font sizes: My eyes are not young. I really appreciate being able to increase the font size as needed.

What I don't like:
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First digital book I've owned and I am blown away. I've already torn through two books and have downloaded several free books that I was delighted to find. Amazed out how easy it is to use and read. Glare is a bit bothersome but i've adapted and don't really notice it so much. In full sunlight the contrast is the best. Will this replace real books in my life? No, but it does make reading and carrying multiple literary items around much more convenient!
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I've had my Sony eReader Touch for just over a week now and love it! I was debating for a long time about whether to go the Kindle or Sony eReader Touch route. What won me over was the diversity of the Sony eReader and how I'm able to put rich text files, PDFs and Word Documents on it. As a Mac User I wasn't sure how well the software would be and whether I would have to use something like Calibre to drag and drop books/files into the reader. The Sony software worked well on my Macbook Pro (running Snow Leopard) and the Sony software looks a lot like iTunes. No real learning curve there!

As far as the different file formats go, I found that besides Sony's .epub format, the Word Docs come out pretty nice. The PDFs look good as well, but if you adjust the font size it can adjust a little strange, but not enough that it bothered me. I've heard people complain about the cost of the Sony ebooks, it seems reasonable for a $7-15 price range. I've been reading The Lost Symbol and its been worth $9.99 to me.

One of the great features is double clicking with the stylus on a word and then a dictionary pops up with the definition. Great handy tool there. Also, I like the option of highlighting and writing on the pages and then those notes getting exported in an easily accessible way. I do own an iPhone, but reading on these is much better. You can't really compare the two, because they serve two different purposes. The eReader is meant for reading and even listening to music. I have hard time when people try to compare both of them. The eReader has a long battery life, I don't have to worry about it turning off or dimming if I've been reading the same page for a while. With the touch screen I still like swiping my finger across it to change the page.
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