Summary: Bought this a few days ago at out local Ghetto-Mart (aka Wal-Mart). Price was half of the original value,I wanted this for quite sometime,so I impulsively went ahead and bought it. Shiny sliver metalic finish, hefty feeling. Downloaded Sony Reader software, bought books that were downloaded to pc and synced to reader. 5" screen is big enough for me,and to use the center control to turn the "pages" is irksome,but no too troublesome.
Pros: Hefty,compact,good screen contrast, ease of use, good battery life.
Cons: No intuitive menu selections,poor power off function,too long bootup time,no enclosed ac adapter (must purchase one seperately),no enclosed insteuction manual (must download from Sony's site), HORRIBLE ATROCIOUS SONY CUSTOMER SUPPORT
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.
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.
Summary: Larger screens are always better. It doesn't matter which ebook one gets, screens of this size really leave one wanting a larger screen.
Pros: It works as advertised and the product itself is excellent. The entire system is intuitive and easy to use out of the box.
Cons: It's a little slow to respond - either changing pages or returning to the menu. But the real "gotcha" is the price of the books - they are ridiculous. Most of the time, the savings are a dollar or two - no printing, no shipping, no shelving, no middle man and all one saves is a couple bucks? Compare prices on Sony's bookstore vs. Kindle books. You'll never look back.
Hundreds of books and very easy on the eye to read.
13 November 2011
Excerpt: These handy little readers where out before the iPad and don't do anywhere near as many things as they do. They are basically only for reading ebooks. These are becoming more popular as you can pay far less for the books than the paper version. And you don't have them gathering dust for years to come. All publishers are making their releases available in this format. The amazon kindle is another very popular version of the same basic machine.
Bezes at the counting house counting out his money
2 June 2010
Excerpt: Introduction: For a company that deals with technological wizardry, Sony had opted for a traditional 'Last Century styled MP3 Player' design for their PRS-300. It certainly doesn't emulate the traits of a paper filled oblong that has a spine, and no smells of old must mixed with dying brain-cells are apparent.