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Sony PRS300SC Pocket Edition Digital Text Reader PRS300SC eBook Readers

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Product Dimensions 0.4 x 4 x 6 inches
Item Weight 7.8 ounces
Shipping Weight 1 pounds
Item model number PRS-300SC
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Date first available at Amazon.com August 25, 2009

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I rarely, if ever, write reviews for products, simply because I rarely find a product that dramatically exceeds, or fails to meet, its published description. The PRS-300 "Pocket Edition" ereader is a device that did provide a far better than expected experience.

One device with which I was previously as impressed was the iPod Touch, which I've found to be simply one of the best consumer goods purchases that I've ever made. Funny enough, my principle use for the Touch was as an ebook reader, and it was the Touch's shortcomings as an ebook reader that eventually prompted me to purchase the Sony PRS-300 "Pocket Edition".

I read extensively, both on my work commute (1.5 hours each workday on public transit), and in the evenings and on weekends. Conservatively, I probably read upwards of 20 hours each week, both ebooks and downloaded news articles and the like. I previously purchased the Sony PRS-505, in late 2007, and found it to be a good ereader. The PRS-505 provided a sharp, glare-free page image that was easy and relaxing to read. Unfortunately, it was a bit delicate, and within a few weeks of purchasing I had managed to drop it (from only about 2.5 feet) and crush the upper corner, dislodging the power slider. After having it fixed under warranty, I held onto the PRS-505 until mid-2008, when I purchased an iPod Touch. I read on the Touch, and--briefly--on the Amazon Kindle 2, until I purchased the PRS-300.

The new PRS-300 "Pocket Edition" over-comes several of the short-comings of the Sony PRS-505 and Amazon Kindle 2:

1. Great form-factor: The PRS-300 really will fit in a pocket, either a jacket pocket or very comfortably in a pocket of my cargo shorts on the weekend.
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I did a lot of research before I decided to buy the PRS-300. Initially I was set on the PRS-600 due to the extra features, including the touchscreen. After reading lots of reviews and doing some soul searching, I realized that the smaller brother, the PRS-300 is actually the perfect ebook reader for me. I will also mention that this is my first such device and I've been wanting one for a long time.

What drove me away from the PRS-600 (which otherwise has a whole bunch of useful extra features) is the fact that the screen isn't as clear as the PRS-300 due to the extra layer for the touchscreen. In fact, the PRS-300 supposedly has the best and most contrasty screen of any reader currently in production. And this is the main reason that finally decided it for me. I want my reading experience to be as close to reading a book as possible.

To those who complain that this reader is missing a wireless connection I will say this: you are a bit misguided my friends. In fact, I wouldn't have bought this reader if it had a wireless connection (like the Kindle). A book doesn't have wireless and it works just fine. I don't want to have the surprise to find my books deleted remotely. In fact I love the fact that I can connect my reader to my computer with a cable whenever I want to. Once I load my books on it, a long time will pass before I wish to fiddle with them again. And no, I don't read news on the device. Strictly books.

The device itself is very elegant and well built. Even though the back is not metal (only the front is), the construction feels very sturdy and solid. It's a little bit weighty in your hand, but just enough to not feel flimsy. The first time you lay your eyes on it might be a surprise because the PRS-300 is smaller in person than in pictures.
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I bought the Sony Reader Pocket Edition to use for my public library's downloads. I already own and LOVE my K2, but as a Librarian I just couldn't pass up using my public library's resources. Since I have the K2 buying the cheapest Sony Reader made sense since I just wanted to use it for borrowed books.

I do enjoy the navigation buttons and the layout. The reader keeps track of how long you have until your book expires, and counts down the days for you - I love that. I am assuming all Sony Reader's have this function. The problem comes from the font sizes. With just three choices S,M,L and you use PDFs the Small gives the most accurate rendering of the page but then you really can't read it. Medium is better, but then since the screen is so small you are flipping pretty fast and it gets to be annoying, especially if you read fast. The Large? Well lets just say it only seems like there are a few words on the screen at a time. I currently use the Medium mode, and am just dealing with the constant flipping (the speed of the screen updating is similar to the K2).

EPUBs are different. The rendering is just plain weird in anything above using the small font. The margins on the sides of the page are HUGE in Medium and Large and you wonder what is the point if the text to read in an EPUB is smooshed to the center? Half is wasted space. Then, I discovered with the EPUB, the way to read it in larger font is to open the settings and change the orientation to "horizontal" which only works for me when using EPUBs and not the PDFs. In summary of the EPUBs - it is great if you like the small font in the vertical position, anything larger it is best to change the setting to the horizontal.

Once last thing I just discovered which is strange.
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