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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.