Summary: Currently, the Sony Reader Touch Edition sells for $229. As it costs more than both the Kindle ($139 for Wi-Fi, $189 for 3G) and the Nook ($149 for Wi-Fi, $199 for 3G), Sony has an uphill battle convincing consumers that touch capability and a more tightly focused reading experience is worth giving up wireless. Many consumers prefer the convenience of being able to buy books and keep their library updated without having to connect to a computer.
Pros: High-contrast e-Ink display, Slim and light weight, Speedier interface, Fast page turns
Cons: No built-in wireless, Pricey, Slow to recognize notes from stylus
Conclusion: Sony has done a very good job this time and the Sony Reader Touch Edition is a pleasure to use in terms of touch interface and screen readability. For $299, the Reader offers a great array of features including native PDF support with zoom, ePUB and Adobe Digital Editions compatibility, the responsive 6" eInk touch screen with natural page turn gesture support, both text and graphical note taking applications, text annotation (both highlighter and pencil style) and...
Pros: Touch interface is a pleasure, ePUB format support for library books., Excellent Pearl E-Ink screen with touch that doesn't degrade display quality. Works with public libary books and Google books, great dictionary selection, intuitive user interface.
Cons: Screen has a wee bit less contrast than non-touch screen readers., No wireless, more expensive than Kindle and Nook.
Summary: In many ways, we prefer the Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-600 to Amazon's Kindle. But it's a more expensive product and its glossy screen detracts too much from the reading experience.
Pros: Easy to read, Supports multiple ebook formats, Annotation function is great for students, No bookstore lock-in as with Amazon's Kindle, Integrated MP3 player is a welcome touch, Memory-card slots allow for storage expansion
Cons: Expensive, Touchscreen is glossy and reflective, Requires a computer to transfer ebooks