Excerpt: I have had my Sony E-reader for over 2 years and in the beginning was quite pleased with it. My pleasure was short-lived though when I quickly realized that book-support rested primarily in the public-domain (free!) arena. Don't get me wrong; I love free books as much as the next person and I do have I my e-reader loaded up with them, but I also have a majority of the same titles in paperback.
Excerpt: I found a Sony PRS-300 on sale recently for 50% off the original price. Naturally, I could not resist, and bought it. I LOVE the small size of the Sony 350. It is so small and cute, yet the 5 inch screen is more than adequate for on-the-go reading. The screen has e-ink technology- which means it is not backlight. It is easier on the eyes than a backlit device, and also allows for glare-free reading in sunlight.
Summary: I purchased this product because I did not research it for what I was really truly looking for. I took for granted that it had WIFI and I would be able to download EBooks directly from the internet. This EReader has to be connected to a computer, you must first download alot of software and create 2 different accounts simply to be able to dowload books, magazines, etc., I find this annoying at best and time consuming.
Summary: ....Sony's format for this reader is a bit of a pain. If you have issues with your computer and the software you will never be able to get it to work again. I had to create a whole nother profile just for the reader. Other than that it's pretty easy to use. It's easy to read and has a great battery life.
Summary: I like the reader but have some wishes. I wish the button to turn the page was on top of the reader instead of the bottom. Hands are naturally toward the top to hold it. It came preloaded with 11 books which I thought was nice prior to purchase. I wish they were all in English. There is no way shown in the manual to translate foreign books. I wish it came with a full manual instead of a mini version.
Summary: I'm a very happy Kindle owner, but when my local library began offering ebooks I wanted to be able to take advantage. I bought the 300 because it was the least expensive way to get a reader that could handle the epub format. Also, one of my friends has one of these, and I'd seen it "in person". Some things I like about the reader, some I don't - Like: --It will handle the epub format, so I am able to take advantage of my library's offerings.
Summary: The Sony Pocket e-reader is fine when it stays charged. The USB charger is absolutely inadequate. I have had to buy a separate a/c charger. When I first purchased the e-reader I ended up having Sony send me a new one because I could not get it charged to a usable level. I had the same problem with the 2nd reader. I then purchased an a/c charger and have not had a problem since then. Sony could save a lot of headaches by providing the a/c charger in the 1st place.
Summary: I bought this for my wife for Valentine's Day in 2010. She reads about 3 books a month. She loves the eReader. It's easy to use, has sleek design, lightweight, excellent battery life, and very durable. The buttons are placed as to not interfere with normal reading position and screen can be rotated and zoomed if desired. It's size fits easily into her purse,handbag,glove box,or nightstand.