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Sony Reader eBook Space for Up to 160 eBook

by Sony
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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  • Holds approximately 160 electronic books (eBooks)
  • Easy to read High resolution and multi-shade grey scale screen gives fine detail on text or black-and-white photos, illustrations etc
  • Easy to use menu and simple, intuitive controls
  • MemoryStick DUO and SD Card slots allow you to optionally increase capacity up to approximately 13000 titles
  • Uses the EPUB standard - the most widely used eBook type. Can also read other common text documments
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Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight254 g
Product Dimensions12.2 x 17.5 x 0.8 cm
Item model numberPRS505S.CEW
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 60,177 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight621 g
Date First Available28 July 2008

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

The new Reader from Sony is the perfect way to store and read digital books. With enough space for up to 160 eBooks, it has a long battery life and amazing paperlike screen. It's smaller than the average paper back and easy to use.

Product Description

The slim, portable and easy to use Reader eBook. Reader holds up to 160 eBooks at one time and hundreds more with the optional memory stick ports. Its portable size makes it the perfect travel companion, allowing you to read a variety of books whenever, and wherever you want. There are thousands of eBook titles available now at Reader also allows you to view other document formats such as Adobe PDF10, RTF, TXT, BBeB and Microsoft Word. It has a long battery life that lasts up to 7,500 continuous page turns

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330 of 331 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loads of content, just not at Waterstones 12 Nov 2008
I have been using the Reader for a while now and I must say there is a lot more content available than appears at first sight. Waterstones has a small selection of over-priced books, WH Smith also have compatible books and their site is better and has more choice. Penguin is also worth a look. Sony have an online bookstore which is very cheap except they will not sell to UK residents - unlike the rest of the US sellers who are quite happy to take your money. Look at Fictionwise, BooksOnBoard and EBookMall as the top three but there are many more. Shop around as prices vary quite a bit.

I think Sony have done their homework well as far as usability goes. You only appreciate some of the features after you have been using it a while. Here are a few:
- Page turn button is duplicated on the right and left so you can hold it in either hand.
- Bookmark feature lets you skip quickly between the books you are currently reading. Handy when you have more than a hundred books on the device. The bookmark list has its own separate button so jumping books is very quick.
- History feature lets you skip ahead in a book and then use the 'back' button to get back to where you started. It works like your browser back button, undo/redo the last navigation step. There is even a history list so you can jump back without lots of button presses.
- Keys down the right edge makes selecting menu items fast. Jump to a specific page number or holding down a button skips to a percentage of the book. The top keys take you somewhere near the begining, the bottom near the end.
- The supplied 'leather' cover is magnetic which holds the Reader well while you are reading and closed when not.
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507 of 512 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars check for content first! 31 Oct 2008
I was an early adopter of the Reader, got it on day one.
Let me give you my background as it might put my views into perspective.
I read a lot and am always in and out of bookshops, I have a pile of about a hundred books piled up waiting to be read, and yet I keep adding to them. When I go on holiday, I take about a book per day, so for a 10 day holiday, that's 10 books which is a bit heavy on the luggage.
So the Reader appealed because I could take my collection with me and read anywhere.
So, the Reader... It looks good and is easy to load up. Had slight problems loading the Adobe Digital Editions until I realised I had to turn my firewall off each time I wanted it to connect to the Net. The typeface is nice and clear with no light reflection and although page turning is a little slow, you soon get used to it. It is a nice bit of kit, although I would rather have the US Kindle with it's download capability, but that is another story.
Anyway, by now I have the thing up and running and am keen to start loading it up so a quick jump onto the Waterstones and WH Smiths sites to see what I could buy and......not a lot.
1. e-books are not much cheaper then the books you can buy in the shops
2. deals you see in the shops are not reflected in the e-book version (Waterstones might have the latest Bernard Cornwall at half price in the shop, but not as an e-book!)
3. Lack of three for the price of two deals means hard copy books are still cheaper!!
4. Navigation on line to find books available as e-books in the right format

Sadly the availability of new release books has not caught up with the technology, I have seen improvement over the past few weeks but it is not there yet.

The kit is great, and a good job by Sony.
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68 of 68 people found the following review helpful
I have had the Reader for a couple of months now. Most importantly I took it with me on holiday as, like many other buyers, I wanted to be able to travel light but still have a (virtual) mountain of books to get through. The software for managing the reader isn't as straightforward as iTunes is for your iPod, but it's still reasonably intuitive. You can use it to store books that aren't loaded on to your reader and to create your own folders, so for me, the 160 books that you can fit on the Reader's standard memory are ample for a week's break.
The Reader itself is a dream. It is just as easy on the eye as paper and I found that even under the strong Caribbean sun, with half the page under the shadow of my hat, I was still able to read all the text with ease. A huge plus was that the lack of pages meant that I didn't lose my place if a breeze gusted across me. I was also able to lie leaning on my elbows and turn the page without having to shift half my body to 'pull an arm out', which in turn meant that I could have my cocktail on the lounger in front of me, straw fixed in my mouth, just gently pressing a button at the end of each page. Seriously, this was bliss. Although the drinks did run down a bit quickly.
There are pros and cons to the physical differences between the Reader and a paper book. Someone commented on the inability to flick back to another page or just browse through the pages which is fair comment. You can bookmark pages, but its not as quick as it can be to flick to a marked page in a book. On the other hand, I didn't find that the pages turned too slowly and I am a fast reader. I think I just got into a rhythm of turning the page as I read the last lines.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Still giving good service
I got my Sony eReader in the summer of 2009. It's had nearly 2 years of hard use and it's still in fine working order. Even the battery is only slightly diminished. Read more
Published on 16 April 2011 by Michael Finn
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 years strong
ive had my sony PRS-505 for years and its still going strong it has over 500 books in it and there is still room for more while the newer ones are tempting with the wifi ect..... Read more
Published on 23 Feb 2011 by shawnta
5.0 out of 5 stars redfred
One of the best items I have purchased,it is neat, good looking, easy to use and the battery life is good . Read more
Published on 4 Nov 2010 by redfred
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
I purchased a book reader for both myself and my husband after reading these reviews. I was very hesitant as it was a large outlay, but I can honestly say I have never regretted... Read more
Published on 17 July 2010 by lemon_spice
5.0 out of 5 stars Sony Reader
I am really pleased with this product, I get a lot of pleasure from it. Currently I have downloaded 53 books of various topics and they are available as and when I need them. Read more
Published on 11 July 2010 by Ron Clatworthy
2.0 out of 5 stars Was sold as new but was not
This item is very good, the seller on the other hand sold this as new but the box has been opened already and item used as it was already set up etc. not very good
Published on 4 Jan 2010 by A. J. Whitaker
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointed
I bought this reader as soon as it was available in the UK, at first I loved it I am a big reader and always carry at least two books where ever I go as I have back problems the... Read more
Published on 14 Dec 2009 by SAFletcher
3.0 out of 5 stars Not enough books avalable
This is a great piece of technology and I was delighted to recieve it for Christmas. However there aren't enough titles available and you have to buy from Waterstones. Read more
Published on 6 Nov 2009 by H. E. Skinner
1.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed
I bought this over a year ago as I buy a lot of books and this seemed like a good idea. I did not take to it. Read more
Published on 20 Oct 2009 by Billy Bunter
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Reader for a Book Lover
I have been using the Sony Reader for about 4 months now for at least 3 hours every day (pretty much insomniac) and I am well and truly converted. Read more
Published on 27 Aug 2009 by R. Rademacher
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