Summary: I found the Sony to be quite useful in holding many books, especially while traveling. It's wonderful not to have to carry the actual paper copies, and there are many titles to choose from through electronic sources. The only drawback is that, while it has the capability to place a bookmark, it's not effective if there's a table of contents where you'd like to jump to a specific area or topic. This device is geared towards flat, continuous documents.
Summary: A lot of the reviews published here on Amazon are pretty old for technology. As an avid reader who has both the Kindle 1 and Kindle 2 as well as the Sony PRS 505, I'd like to add some observations in light of the current state of the market. The three stars are awarded because this unit is a notch inferior to the Kindle 2, and the Kindle 2 is not quite good enough for five stars.
Summary: Sony PRS-505/RC Digital eBook Reader - Red I purchased this reader back in Oct, 2008. Sony software did not support any 64 bit Windows software at the time and neglected to so inform buyers. After a month of fiddling around, I contacted Sony Technical Services who told me to either get an older computer system or wait until Dec for the upgraded software. This was an unconscionable business response from a supposedly responsible marketeer.
Summary: The pages display very well and the Sony software for the reader is simple enough for anyone who has used iTunes or other multimedia consolidation programs. The reader is a little slower than I have patience for, and figuring out all of the formats of books you can use as well as signing up for all the differnt DRM accounts is a huge hassle.
Summary: Think of the Sony Reader as an etch-a-sketch. Images are displayed in black and white, with no backlighting. The next page is displayed by 'wiping' the old image and putting the new one up. It requires minimal power to sit and show a page, so battery life is a function of how many pages you read. The good: - Very nice ergonomics. The first Sony reader was good, this is even better. The big screen, particularly as compared to the Kindle, is very nice.
Summary: This was a fantastic find for me. Both as a professional and as an avid reader. It is however, a device designed for a very specific purpose. That wasn't meant to be a negative though. Just a comment for those ready to use the device for unusual pursuits. Much of what is criticised about this reader is a lack of understanding by the user. Formatting is a big issue with these types of devices.
Summary: I owned an ebook of a previous model (PRS-500), and I must say franky, it was a great thing - all the backdraws aside, I used it a lot and enjoyed it a lot. 5 stars without hesitation. However, one morning I was walking around in NYC, with the ebook in my bag, and then I've found out that a part of the ebook's screen turned white and shows nothing. I could not comprehend how it could happen, there were no signs of any physical impact upon the device.
Summary: I've decided on a rating of 3 stars. If the E-reader is to be used for reading electronic books, I'd give it 5 stars. All the raves others give it are well-deserved. I had a different purpose in mind. I was intrigued by E-reader's claimed ability to handle PDF files. I have a collection of nearly 1,000 PDF song lyric sheets. My hope was to put them on the E-reader and forgo the thick binders I transport.