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Sony PRS-600SC Touch Edition E-Book Reader

3.7 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews

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  • Resolution : 800 x 600 pixels
  • Screen Size : VizplexTM 6 inches
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model Number: PRS-600SC
  • Display Size: 6 inches
  • Includes Rechargable Battery: N

Product Description

The Sony PRS-600 Touch Edition E-Book Reader allows readers to access up to 350 of their favorite books from anywhere. The intuitive touch screen display makes navigation a breeze, and lets readers turn pages with the swipe of a finger. An included stylus offers freehand highlighting and annotation. The Sony PRS-600 Touch Edition E-Book Reader also supports multiple file formats including ePub and PDF, giving owners access to more books from more places, including The eBook Store from Sony including more than one million free public domain titles from Google Books.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 0.4 x 4.8 x 6.9 inches
Item Weight 10.1 ounces
Shipping Weight 1.1 pounds
ASIN B002MSJNHO
Item model number PRS-600SC
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3.7 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #158,154 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
Date first available at Amazon.com August 25, 2009

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I did a fair amount of research before I bought this item. I studied the Kindle, and the more I read about it, the less I liked it! (Sorry Amazon!) I don't like the idea that my books reside on Amazon for me to down load again if I lose them (I guess I'm old school and want to be able to access my stuff on MY computer).

I'm also a fan of open architecture and that's what led me to the Sony.

On one review a person complained about the software. I'm not sure what operating system they have, but I have XP, and have had absolutely NO problems what so ever with crashes.

Pros: Open architecture, ton's of stuff out there that you can down load for free, Sony offers new free or low priced books just about every month, can read both ePub and PDF files with no problem. If you lose a book (I accidentally deleted one on my computer!) you can download it again for free.

Cons: The contrast on the touch edition is not as high as I would like it. I would like the background to be a bit whiter (I understand it's quite white on the Kindle), the touch screen is sometimes a bit twitchy especially on hi-liting, but once you get the hang of it's idiosyncrasies, not so bad. The dictionary is a bit limited: I find (at least in the books I read) it does not recognize quite a few words. I would like to see an update to a significantly better & comprehensive dictionary, (even if I have to pay a bit for it) which would operate seamlessly with this reader.

Cons true of all readers not just Sony: I'm not sure if this is a result of the Publishers' policies, but the so called "List Price" of eBooks seem totally arbitrary! So the so-called "discount" from list doesn't work out to be much of a discount!
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The bottom line is that this is a great piece of hardware that is crippled by poor software and a limited selection of retail books. The core purpose of the reader is hindered by not being able to effectively and reliably transfer purchased books.

I have been following e-reader devices for over two years. Always waiting for the "next" device to come out, my wife rallied my family to go in together and surprise me with this reader for my birthday. I was very excited and loved the device until I tried to purchase books for it. The #1 problem was that Sony's eBook Library software crashed whenever I tried to transfer a purchased book to it. Granted, I only purchased books from Sony's store so this may not be the case with other eBook vendors.

I'm highly proficient with computers and would describe myself as an early adopter for new technologies. This is the most disappointed I have been with a device manufacturer in years. The reason is that I love the eReader! It is well built and has a great feature set. Getting books from Google and local libraries is a great option and works great (I did it). But Sony completely dropped the ball on their software to purchase protected books. After 4 hours of trying to get it to work consistently across 2 desktops and a laptop I knew I couldn't keep the reader. The final factor was when I realized this has been and remains to be an unresolved issue for past models of Sony readers as well. Sony never appeared to resolve the issue for those having problems in the past and it persists to this day.

If the software works with your computer then I would recommend this reader. However, based on my disappointing experience I can't recommend giving it a try.
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At first, I was highly skeptical of e-book readers...the thumbing of a page, the caressing of the book covers, the way books line up on my shelves...how could I not have those things any more? Well, I used to think I could never give up the practice of putting my Watermans and Mont Blancs on linen and parchment in favor of e-mails -- how bland! -- but, alas, it's a new, new world. All right, having convinced myself I would give it a shot, I then had to decide between the Kindle and Reader and other players. I was leaning towards Kindle for the sole reason of loyalty to Amazon, but the decision was made for me when my wife got me the Reader with a snug Sony cover. And now I never leave home without it.

Downloading books is a breeze, and only take seconds. The entire process of buying the latest Dan Brown from browsing to purchasing to downloading took about one minute. Reading it--I totally forgot I was using an electronic device. Turning the page involved swiping a finger or just a quick click. The way I hold my Reader my right thumb is near the page-click button anyway so it's very natural. I also like that even when I have it magnified there are tiny original page notations to let me know what page I'm on. Highlighting and note-taking are some of the other features which I've barely touched so far.

I have over a thousand PDFs related to my work that up to now was restricted to residency in my computer or in diminished capacity in my mobile phone. I have already dragged and dropped a hundred PDFs onto my Reader and they are perfect.

The battery lasts well long enough (over a week even with heavy daily usage), and charging is simple anyway (I do it via the USB cable to my laptop), so this is not an issue.
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