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 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.
Summary: Great product. Gave it to the wife for Christmas. The only drawback has been the screen is not backlit/you have to have an accessory light to read in low light conditions. But, She loves it and that is what's important.
Good enough if you're new to technology but iPad better/faster
26 February 2010
Excerpt: Got this for myself. Used for 2 months before I gave it to my dad. I'm used to being able to do/find/move quickly and the program was too slow and clunky for me. My non-tech savvy Dad enjoyed it while traveling but says he still prefers physical books. Easy enough to read the screen but it seemed my eyes got tired quicker when reading on the plane. The time it took to turn a page or run a search wasn't quick enough for me which is why I got an iPad instead.
Summary: I have had the PCR-300 for a few weeks now. I have limited experience with other readers. So to some extent this is a review of the eReader concept as much as the Sony in particular. I did do a lot of web research though, and picked the Sony for a few reasons: - It is cheap ($179/free shipping). - It supports ePub (which my local library - Greater Phoenix Digital Library) supports, and which appears to be becoming the standard.