- Size (LWH): 0.39 inches, 4.76 inches, 6.86 inches
- Weight: 10.08 ounces
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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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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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have owned the small screen version of this reader for years and wanted the larger screen. It functions as advertised. I am satified with it.Published 20 months ago by STEPHEN HOUGHTON
Before I bought Sony PRS-600BC from unclaimbaggage.com, I already had one ,so I knew what to expect in performance. Read morePublished 20 months ago by R. Comrie
Great little E-reader for the price. Works well. The only thing I couldn't seem to do was adjust the brightness or contrast of the print on the screen. Read morePublished 21 months ago by S.L.P.
I have not been able to use it. No one can tell me how to get the past owners email off of the reader so I can put mine in and download my books to it. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Charyl Shairrick
Great while it lasted, site and books I downloaded are gone and out 60 bucks but then again, that's a Sony issuePublished 24 months ago by tony
The screen is too reflective. Only buy this if you've no other choices on price.Published on July 19, 2014 by Chris Done
I have been using my book for 6 years now and still is in great shape. Works just fine and I am really pleased with the purchase I made few years ago.Published on May 22, 2014 by Kate