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Sony PRS-600 / 6 inch / Touch eReader / Black

Released on 15 September 2009

Manufacturer: Sony

3.0 out of 5 (9 customer reviews) | Write a review

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Ever wished you could carry enough books with you to suit your every mood? The new Sony Reader Touch Edition lets you take your entire library with you wherever you go. It's smaller than a standard paperback and has an easy-to-use touch screen. So whether you fancy catching up with a classic or devouring a brand new thriller, you can now enjoy the perfect read anywhere at the touch of a button.


Easy-to-read display
The new Reader Touch Edition uses innovative eInk Vizplex technology to create the look of traditional print on its ample 6" screen. You'll feel like you're reading from paper. No backlight means no strain on your eyes and the magnifying function lets you zoom in on the text for easier reading.

Simple touch screen navigation
The Reader Touch features an easy-to-use touch screen, so you can select books and flick through pages with just one finger. Thousands of titles are now available -from fiction, non-fiction, adventure and academia. The Reader is compatible with a variety of file formats giving you an amazing choice of where and how to get your content.

Built-in dictionary
The Reader has a handy built-in dictionary in case you're ever unsure of the meaning of a word. Simply double tap the word and the definition will pop up. Using the supplied stylus you can also write notes on your books or highlight passages of text to find them again easily, or export your notes to save or print.

Thin enough to take everywhere
Smaller than a standard paperback and just 8mm thin, you can pop the Reader Touch Edition in your pocket and enjoy the perfect read, wherever you are.

Incredible battery life
Perfect for long journeys, the Reader has a long battery life that lets you read around 7,500 page turns. That's over 30 books from a single charge. So wherever you want to escape to, your Reader will be the perfect companion.

Store thousands of titles
Using the Reader's in-built memory, you can store around 350 books. But if it's not enough you can increase the Reader's capacity to around 13,000 titles using MemoryStick DUO or SD Cards meaning you can dip into thousands of different books anytime you like- and with none of the bulk.

Listen while you read
If you like to listen to music while getting wrapped up in a book or just want a break from reading, put on your headphones and enjoy the Reader's in-built MP3 player. It's simple to create a library by dragging and dropping MP3 or AAC files from your PC to the Reader.

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  • Sony PRS-600 Award

  • Key Features:
  • Store up to 350 eBooks (13,000 with extra memory card)
  • 6" E Ink Vizplex touch-screen for the ultimate reading experience
  • Advanced Features: annotations, search & in-built English dictionary
  • Sleek aluminium design plus choice of colours, covers, & reading lights
  • Long battery charge for around 7500 page turns
  • Specifications:
  • Display Screen:
  • Technology: E Ink Vizplex touchscreen
  • Screen size (inch): 6
  • Resolution: 800x600 (h/w)
  • Grey scale: 8-level grey scale
  • Storage Capacity:
  • Built in flash memory (MB): 512 (Approx. 350 eBooks)
  • MemoryStick MS DUO slot: Yes
  • SD Card Slot: Yes
  • Power:
  • Battery Type: Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery: DC 3.7 V
  • Battery Life (reading EPUB eBooks): Approx 7500 page turns
  • Recharging Time: Four hours with USB, two hours with optional AC charger
  • Compatible Formats:
  • Unsecured / free eBooks & text files: EPUB eBook, Adobe PDF, Microsoft Word, TXT, RTF, BBeB
  • DRM (Secure / purchased) eBooks and text files: EPUB eBooks (Adept) BBeB eBooks (Marlin)
  • Unsecured Audio files: MP3, AAC (not most DRM audio)
  • Image & Photo files: JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP
  • Supplied Accessories:
  • Soft cover: Pouch
  • USB Cable: Yes
  • Quick Start guide: Yes
  • eBook Library software: Yes
  • Recommended Minimum System Requirements:
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista (32-bit or 64-bit) or Microsoft Windows XP (32-bit only), MAC OS X 10.4.9 or later
  • Processor: 800 MHz Intel Celeron class processor or better
  • RAM: 128 MB minimum, or 512 MB minimum for Windows Vista
  • Hard Drive: 20 MB Minimum available Hard Drive space
  • Optical Drive: Capable of reading CD-ROM
  • USB Port: USB 2.0 high speed
  • Internet Connection: Broadband
  • Dimensions:
  • Width (mm): 121
  • Height (mm): 174.3
  • Depth (mm): 9.8
  • Weight (g): 286
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customer Reviews

 Average rating (9 reviews)

 E-reader is amazing - software is not

| | See all KitchenGodess's reviews (1)

The actual E-reader is a fantastic product, it comes with me wherever I go. The battery life is incredible, turns 7,000 pages before needing a full charge again. The only thing I was not happy with initially was the software. It can be a bit glitchy. The recent up-date on the Sony website does help with this though. Highly recommend this product.

 PRS-600 - revolutionise your reading.

| | See all matheweaston's reviews (3)

I had to publish a review here - first one I've done. Basically Sony has produced a fantastic piece of kit here - it's amazing. The only downside is the screen glare - it's sometimes difficult to see the text.

Now - the reason for the 4 instead of 5 stars is because of the screen. Sony should suggest - it's easy - that all books are reformatted in 'bold' - or allow an automatic formatting for this. This then makes the reader brilliant in all light levels.

Anyway, so the suggestion is (doesn't take that long) to paste the previous version of the book into Word Pad - RTF format - and select all and then bold.

Sony - are you listening?! (Nothing is lost - nobody really uses bold to emphasise text... it's normally underlined or italic).

Anyway - fantastic piece of kit with that amendment.

PS The built in dictionary is absolutely fantastic too.

 A good eReader in general, but in some areas lacking

| | See all racoon316's reviews (2)

Overall the device does as it claims. The contrast is a little low, but in good, direct lighting it is acceptable. Shining a torch on it in a darkened room seems to work well, so I might consider getting a custom LED clip-on lamp. The screen refresh speed is OK, but it does take a few seconds between button presses - so you have to be patient.

Note taking is OK with the on screen keyboard and these can also be linked to individual pages of a book.

The reader works best with text documents, it can display comics, but the colour rendering in 8 greyscales makes it rather difficult to read. Converting them to black and white first is better. The page also needs to be the right size as panning is too slow.

The device has a nice screen size, though a little large to fit in a jacket pocket..

The Sony software supplied gives access to the device to manage books, notes etc, but is limited in its functionality and does not do any document conversion. The opensource Calibre provides more functionality to edit tags, convert between document types etc,.

My biggest complaint is with the categorisation of ebooks and the bookmarking / note taking functionality. There is only one "hot-link" back to the last book read, so if you are reading from multiple books, you will have to remember which ones they are, and definitely not useful for those sharing eReaders.

If you want something portable, lightweight and with a reasonable battery life, then this is the device, though you still can't beat a regular book - and it probably works out cheaper to stick with paper and check books out of a library.

 much better that expected

| | See all katebartle's reviews (8)

after reading mixed reviews on this was unsure whether or not to go for it. Totally agree with other review here. Was unable to put software on computer but the download from the site worked a treat! Can understand why people complain about the reflections on screen but it only takes a slight movement to a new position to solve that. really easy to read, gentle on the eyes and am wondering how I ever managedered without it. Love it!!!

 Nearly twice the price of the new Kindle ?

| | See all PhilipK's reviews (12)

Sony need to get their act together on pricing - nearly double the price of the new Kindle, and with a poorer battery life ?
Its a decent reader, NOT worth the price.

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