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Sony eBook Reader Touch Edition (Black) PRS-600

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  • Elegant 6 touch screen
  • Multiple formats supported
  • More books from more places
  • Paper-like display for easy reading
  • A library of books in one device

Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 12.1 x 17.4 cm ; 286 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 567 g
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  • Item model number: PRS-600R
  • ASIN: B002R5UYXY
  • Date first available at 1 Oct. 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,557 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Thinner, smaller and lighter than most magazines, the Reader Touch Edition lets you access up to 350 of your favorite books from anywhere. The intuitive 6" touchscreen display makes navigation a breeze, letting you turn pages with the swipe of a finger. An included stylus offers freehand highlighting and annotation. With support for multiple file formats including ePub and PDF, you can enjoy books from more places, including the ebook store from Sony and over half a million free public domain titles from Google.The Reader Touch Edition features a 6" display with simple, easy-to-use touchscreen navigation. Turn pages with the swipe of a finger and enjoy fast and intuitive navigation of your favorite books.Whether you're venturing across town or across the country, the Reader Touch Edition makes an ideal traveling companion. Measuring just 0.4" thin and weighing less than 10.1 ounces, the Reader Touch Edition is thinner and more lightweight than almost any book, and even many magazines.The Reader Touch Edition utilizes E Ink Vizplex screen technology to deliver an amazing, paper-like display that's more like ink on paper and fully readable in direct sunlight. Quick page turns let you read at a natural pace, while a high contrast ratio helps ensure your favorite books are easily readable, even in direct sunlight.

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Customer Reviews

3.4 out of 5 stars

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157 of 157 people found the following review helpful By J. Potter TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Jun. 2010
It would be true to say the Sony Touchscreen eReader has come in for a lot of bad publicity. Not so much from the tech press who universally liked it but from those that have used it. I admit I was put off. A colleague swore by hers and it seemed to work a dream in the Sony shop. The alternative was an expensive Kindle and I wanted something with better support for open standards. I didn't want to be locked into one wholesaler. So I brought the Sony. Three months down the line it has changed the way I read and of how I consider reading. There are a few issues but none with the product itself.

The first issue is the software that comes with it, it's rubbish and I highly recommend you install Calibre as the free eBook manager. It does a whole bunch of useful stuff like downloading newspapers and converting documents to use on your Sony. You will of course additionally need the Adobe digital rights management software for when you buy books online, which is freely downloadable. You just drag them into the Adobe Management software after downloading, plug in your Sony and once it pops up in Adobe drag your book to the eReader. Simples. Registering my Sony eReader to get my free 100 books has been traumatic and still not accomplished. The Sony site does not have my serial number recorded it would seem.

So onto the product, the first stop has to be the touchscreen. Folks! This is not a iPhone or iPad, not all touchscreens are equal. This works extremely well as a touchscreen for what it needs to do. The key presses need to be firm but you don't need to hit it. It just works. The only slight niggle was the master books view. I always find myself wanting to scroll down the list of books but you have to touch a rollerdex type index which can be fiddly.
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172 of 179 people found the following review helpful By Joel on 16 Jan. 2010
I've gone with the Sony instead of the Kindle and I'll explain in the second half of the review the reasons why.
But I'll start with my impressions of the Sony.
The first thing you notice is how soild it feels,its smaller than I imagined but in a good way.
The unit feels comfortable..just like a book really which goes along way to explaining the design choices Sony
have gone with.
The layout of the controls are logical.I was able to start using it without reading the instructions from the word go.
Its said to be touch sensitive..its not TAP sensitive.
I like the fact they have a dictionary built in..TAP a word in the text and it comes up with the Dictionary definition.
Something I find myself using when reading older works of victorian fiction.You can also make notes and with
the styleless that locks into the side of the pad,secure and out of the way.
The screen can show a little glare on it..but I find it small,a tilt of the hand and its gone.
Now I don't even notice it.Once you start using it to read its nice and easy on the eyes.
The machine has Expansion to spare(2 card slots).
I have a 8 Gig SD card clicked in and half a dozen Audio books on them.The Sony can play MP3's.
Not a big feature but I like a little classical music and sometimes on the train I don't feel like reading.
I just lay back close my eyes and play a audio book.Its not a dealbreaker function,but its there if you
want it.

Downsides I found ?

Software could be better,it works and it is OK but it could have more functions.
You can go RIGHT round it and get the files on and off the Sony by drop and click.The computer treats the Sony and its
SD and Sony Card slots as Mass Storage Drives.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E. M. Thompson on 11 Aug. 2010
Well, I researched e-readers extensively before settling on this Sony model. I dismissed the Kindle on the grounds that once I have paid for a book, I don't want to store it elsewhere (amongst other reasons), and the iPad on the grounds of cost.
I have to say, I have not been disappointed at all with this e-reader. At the same time as purchase, I also bought a (non-Sony) mains charger and a leather case.
On receipt of the reader, I charged it for the requisite 4 hours using the mains charger. The following evening, I uploaded the library to our PC (after a little difficulty getting the PC to recognise the reader - it turned out we were using the wrong USB port). Downloading Sony's free 125 books to the PC took about 5 minutes in total, and selecting and moving 20 of those books to the reader took about half an hour to synch up. I have no idea why you would actually want to keep all 125 actually on the reader, unless you were going to the darkest Amazon for 6 months!
I have been using the reader every day now for about a week, in sunlight and artificial light, and it is marvellous. The page turning buttons being on the left-hand side doesn't trouble me at all (I find that I can use my left index finger to press the button, and my right hand to hold a sandwich perfectly well). Admittedly, the touch screen does require firmness, but not excessively so. If you're used to an iPad or iPhone, I can see that it would be unresponsive by comparison, but I find that it is fine. I don't need to play games on it, after all.
The lightness is wonderful. You don't really get an idea of how light it really is in shops, as it's usually chained down to a table, but it weighs less than the average paperback, while the screen size is comparable, if a little smaller, to a page in a penguin classic.
I would thoroughly recommend this reader to anyone who enjoys books, but is fed up of having groaning bookshelves and suitcases.
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