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Sony PRS900BCKIT Reader Daily Edition (Black)

3.6 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews

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  • Free 3G wireless access - Wirelessly browse, purchase and download content on the go or while lying in bed.
  • Elegant 7 display with touch screen - Simple, easy-to-use touch screen navigation.
  • Access books & newspapers wirelessly on the go - Approx. 1.6GB of onboard memory lets you carry hundreds of your favorite books
  • Portrait or landscape viewing - Read comfortably in either portrait or landscape orientation
  • Six adjustable font sizes to customize your reading - Ability to resize text
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Product Description

Experience the freedom to wirelessly browse, purchase and download books and periodicals from the Reader Store with free 3G wireless access. Measuring just 0.6" thin and weighing only 12.75 ounces, the Reader Daily Edition also features a 7" paper-like display and touch screen navigation. With six adjustable font levels you can be sure to read easy in either portrait or landscape format. Plus, the Reader supports multiple formats including ePub and PDF while giving you access to over one million free public domain titles from Google Books. The Daily Edition is the premier digital reader for The Wall Street Journal, allowing the added freedom of subscribing to exclusive content and daily updates.

Free 3G Wireless Access
Wirelessly browse, purchase and download books and periodicals at the Reader Store11. Whether you're venturing across town or across the country, the Reader Daily Edition digital book with free 3G mobile broadband makes an ideal travelling companion.

Read All About It
The Reader Daily Edition is optimized for newspapers and offers periodical content through the Reader Store in an elegant, easy-to-read format. You can purchase a single paper or a monthly subscription and have the publication of your choice delivered wirelessly each day to your device.

Touch Screen Navigation
Designed to mimic the paperback experience, you can read in either portrait or landscape orientation. Use the intuitive touch screen navigation to turn pages, bookmark your spot, adjust the font, and search for titles with the swipe of a finger. With E Ink Vizplex screen technology, you'll experience a high contrast, paper-like display.

Multiple Formats Supported
Providing more than just a superior reading experience, the Reader Daily Edition, supports Adobe PDF3, Microsoft Word, BBeB and other text file formats, as well as EPUB/ACS and connection with Adobe Digital Editions. In addition to being PC and Mac c

Product Information

Product Dimensions 5 x 8.1 x 0.6 inches
Item Weight 12.8 ounces
Shipping Weight 3 pounds
Item model number PRS-900/B U8 AC100V-240V
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3.6 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #112,880 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
Date first available at October 22, 2009

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By Kevin Currie-Knight VINE VOICE on January 2, 2010
I owned a Kindle Wireless Reading Device (6" Display, Global Wireless, Latest Generation)for about a year and a half. When I bought a Sony Digital Reader Touch Edition - Black (PRS600BC), I kept my kindle but found myself reading the sony most of the time. Now that this daily edition is out, I bought that and sold both other devices. The sony is quite superior for several reasons (and this is a turnaround from when I gave the sony touch a 3 star review a few months ago).

First, many folks have noticed the increased resolution of the new sony screen. The daily edition recognizes 16 shades of grey and the print is simply much more defined than either the sony touch or the kindle. Yes, the touch screen necessitates a bit of shininess on the screen, causing occasional glare, but I have never really had a problem with this. Nothing a small turn of the wrist can't easily solve.

What really sold me on the daily edition, though, was the bigger screen. I could have spent more for the kindle DX, but the device is really large and not very portable. This 7.1 inch screen is a good sized screen, big enough to be more like the size of a "trade paperback book" (the size larger than the supermarket paperback), but small enough to be portable and feel good held with one hand. The screen recognizes about 32 lines of text - again, about as much as a "trade paperback."

And those who read PDF files will really like this machine. While the screen is still a bit small to read a pdf regujlarly in portrait mode, it is a perfect size for reading PDFs in landscape mode.
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I bought the PRS-900 mainly for documents in pdf or doc (MS-Word) format. I really like some of it, but as the problem issues added up, I have decided to return it.
Here are the things I liked the most:
1. Excellent metal body with good tactile feel. Included cover (leather?) is good quality.
2. Stylus is useful when using the touch screen, and you want to not use oily hands.
3. Pretty good pdf reader (though it had problems in zoom mode).
4. Portrait and landscape orientations, including 2 page view in landscape.
5. Screen, and reading experience is better than computer screen, with little eye fatigue. Not as good as a book though, this is probably because of lower contrast between text and background.
6. Extensible storage using SD card.
7. It has many other features like note taking on books, search, dictionary, a collection of memos, a collection for b&w pictures, an audio player.

Here are the negative issues that I encountered:
1. a. The pdf software has zoom mode, where you can slide to the zoom that suits you best. However in the zoom mode there are always 4 arrows and the zoom slider on the screen. This distracts from the text, and gives the ambiance of a "preview mode".
1. b. As I moved from page to page, the zoom shifted to smaller text size. It seems the zoom was remembered only at the page it was set.
2. The audio player can be played while reading. It froze at some stage, and the document also got stuck to the current view. I think this happened when using the zoom on pdf document.
3. I could not find a way to organize the audio into playlists. This could be because I did not use Sony software to transfer my audio files from the PC (instead used regular drag-and-drop).
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Every e-book reader out there seems to be a compromise in one way or another. For me, the Sony PRS-900 is the best out there at the moment (Feb 2010).

* Why I like it:
It's very portable yet has a good sized screen. Memory card support and a user-replaceable battery. The built-in cover works well and will protect the screen. It even comes with an extra, very tough, hard case. The unit is elegant and fits in a large jacket pocket, just like a paperback would. The touch-screen was important to me since e-ink displays are slow: with the touch screen you can very quickly select a word to see the definition or make a note. The battery life is awesome: I charged it at the wall three weeks ago and I'm still at half charge. In the intervening time all it's had are a few very short top-ups when I've connected via USB to transfer books. I've been reading on it daily. The unit could well last the claimed two weeks under heavy reading.

Critical for me was the PDF support. I own a lot of books as PDF and this reader copes with most of them very well. In particular, the margin-cropping feature is key to improving readability. I find I don't use landscape mode very often but is nice to have it there.

* Screen:
If you read elsewhere about this device you will see a lot of comments about the screen glare. Glare originating from the touch screen reduces contrast slightly and creates reflections which can make it impossible to read in certain situations. What you need to know is that the glare will bother some people but not others. Personally, I find I can always angle the device to read comfortably and doing so doesn't bother me. You have to give the unit a fair chance under the conditions in which you normally read.
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