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Sony E-Reader PRS-505/SC Digital Reader Book Silver

Released on 20 September 2008

Manufacturer: Sony

4.0 out of 5 (40 customer reviews) | Write a review

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The great thing about books is that there's one for every mood. One day you might want to read a classic, the next a comedy. With Reader you can access your entire library any time; any place so, whatever mood you're in, you can find the perfect read. With its incredibly long battery life you can devour nearly 7,000 pages between charges. Even if you're on a long haul flight, you can rest assured that the Reader will keep you entertained from take off to touch down.

Imagine taking 160 books on holiday. Imagine having the right book on the train - whatever mood you're in. Imagine an electronic device that could hold your whole library. With Reader you can stop imagining. Smaller than a normal paperback, just 8mm "thin", you can pop it in your pocket and find the perfect read, wherever you are.

Revolutionary Display
Reader uses e-Ink technology to create the look of traditional print on its 6" screen so you'll feel like you're reading from paper. There's no backlight so there's no strain on your eyes, no flickering screen to distract you and, for a really relaxing read, you can even take it outside on sunny days.

Easy To Use
Navigating around Reader is simple, with functionality that's intuitive and straightforward.
Concerned about the text size? Don't worry. The magnifying function lets you zoom in on the text.
Worried about losing your place? The bookmarking button lets you mark pages to come back to. You can skip backward and forwards and read more than one book at a time without getting lost.
Going on a long trip? With one single charge of the battery you can turn nearly 7,000 pages.

Picture This
Reader can also display most common image and photo file types as greyscale images so you can see illustrations and pictures in books - even read a comic - as you would if it was printed on paper.

More Than Just A Good Read
If you want a break from reading or you like to listen to music while you read, put on your headphones and enjoy the Reader's in-built mp3 player. It's easy to import both MP3 and AAC files. Simply drag and drop files from your computer onto the Reader. You can create your own library of music and access it any time.

Store Thousands Of Titles
Using the in-built memory, you can store around 160 books - which is a lot of reading. But if that's simply not enough you can increase the Reader's capacity up to around 13,000 titles using MemoryStick DUO or SD Cards.

Huge Choice Of Titles Available
Hundreds of thousands of titles are now available as ebooks - fiction and non-fiction, adventure to academia. Thousands more are being added each month, and new titles are being added daily.

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  • Key Features:
  • Holds around 160 electronic books - expandable to more than 13,000 with a memory card
  • Easy-to-read, 6" eInk screen gives the feeling of reading a paper page
  • Smaller than a typical paperback - just 8mm thick
  • Intuitive controls and simple menu
  • You can add bookmarks, scroll smoothly down the page, read page-by-page or "fast forward" through the book
  • 7000 page turns from a single battery charge
  • Comes with 100 classic books
  • Specifications
  • Dimensions (Approx.): 6.9" x 4.8" x 0.3".6 (175 x 122 x 8mm)
  • Screen Size: Approx. 6" measured diagonally
  • Weight (Approx.): 9oz. without soft cover
  • Resolution: Approx. 170 pixels per inch
  • Grey Scale: 8-level grey scale
  • Unsecured Text: BBeB Book, TXT, RTF, Adobe PDF, Microsoft Word (Conversion to the Reader requires Word installed on your PC)
  • DRM Text: BBeB Book (Marlin)
  • Unsecured audio: Use with headphones to listen to music while you read (mp3 or AAC files).
  • Images: Reader can also display most common image and photo file types. NB images are black and white, not colour
  • Battery Type: Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
  • Battery Life (Approx.): Up to 6,800 page turns
  • Recharging Time: Approx. 4 hours with USB charging from powered computer or approx. 2 hours when using optional AC wall charger
  • AC Power: Optional AC charger requires 120 Volts 60Hz
  • Capacity: MemoryStick DUO and SD Card slots allow you to optionally increase capacity up to around 13000 titles

customer Reviews

 Average rating (40 reviews)

 Excellent device

| | See all SimonDick's reviews (1)

I actually have the PRS-500 after importing it myself, and love it, it's much more handy than reading paper books, the big draw is the screen, if you're not used to it it looks like one of those pre-printed demo graphics, text is as clear from any angle as from straight on and it's easily viewable in sunlight, it's definitely a lot easier to read than on LCD displays!

One thing to bear in mind is that pre-formatted A4 PDFs don't display well on it due to the scaling down to fit on the screen, so be wary if you buy it to just use PDFs on!

 Fantastic piece of kit

| | See all GoJoDo's reviews (11)

This thing is amazing - the screen is nice and clear and easy to read.
The menu is very easy to use and plenty of setup options to adjust text size and orientation.
Tip - if you want to save money on a power supply get a Sony PSP one as its the same but a lot cheaper.

 If you read, then this is a must have.

| | See all Riocaz's reviews (1)

I honestly don't know why some people seem intent on complaining about this. either they've not actually used it. Or in the case of at least one review they arn't complaining to the right people (check the sale of goods act if you are in the UK being fobbed off back to Sony is simply wrong).

1, Yes it does flash bleck to white between pages. This takes about half a second. far quicker than turning the page would be.

2, The screen is somewhat fragile. But to actually break it isn't "easy". I've had mine well over a year and it lives in my cargo trousers on a knee pocket 99% of the time. I read for 3 hours a day on tube and trains, and have never yet damaged it.

However there are 2 things which could cause the screen to break. One is the glass substrate and when this goes it's usually quite obvious as you can see them It looks jagged.

The 2nd is the display controller.if that goes then it usually produces a line or a square to dissappear or turn black. You can usually tell this isn't a broken "screen" because it's perfectly square and inline.

Examples can be found by googling for the "prs505 forum" (heck even using my nickname will get you there). If it's the latter this is a hardware issue and should not be charged by Sony.

The 3rd complaint I have read recently is that it doesn't support all formats... This is true, but I've yet to find an ebook in one ebook format that isn't available in another. And it _does_ support the most common formats (epub).

Worst comes to worst, there are numerous bits of software that will convert formats for you (calibre for example). Not to mention there is a huge ammount of (legal) free content such as the Baen website.

Lastly the complaints about PDF support. It is true that many PDF's are all but unreadable. The reason for this is that PDF is a print format. So if it's designed to be read on an a4 sheet it will almost certainly be less readable on a 5 inch screen. On the otherhand a PDF designed for an A5 sheet is perfectly readable. And "reflowable PDF" is also fine. so what I am saying is if you _pay_ for a PDF that isn't readable you should complain the the people who produced it as a minor tweak from them will fix the problem.

As I've said I use this on a daily basis. I read for a minimum of 3 hours a day. This device is as comfortable to read on as paper. I used to read on a PDA and it gave me headaches due to bad contrast, & flickering. These do not happen now!

The battery life is enough that I can read all week before I need to recharge. Longer if I shut it down completely between uses. And it uses the same charger as a sony PSP, or sharp zaurus, and will charge in an hour from that (and you can read while it's charging from the mains).

It's not perfect, but my quibbles are minor. So I've given it a 4 star review.


| | See all Pugwash69's reviews (26)

I imported one of these some months ago and it's a fine piece of kit. The hardware is much improved over the PRS-500, and display of acrobat files is better. There's some free conversion software out there called libprs500 that's better than the sony-supplied software.
A couple of hours of charge on the USB lead gives enough charge for about three average-sized books worth of reading. The display is readable under bedside lamp and bright sunshine. The firmware is easy to navigate and remembers your current page. You can group books into collections if you have several from a series, and many ebooks include cover scans that display great in grey-shade on the device.
I've so far copied around 80 books onto my ebook and not even needed a memory card yet.

 Classiest eReader on the market.

| | See all Sympodius's reviews (1)

Huge improvement over the PRS-500. The build quality is infinitely superior to any other eReader I have seen. When you hold it, you just feel the quality oozing out of it. Most obvious is the inclusion of a hard, leather-like cover to protect it. The layout of the buttons is also the best I have seen. It also supports more formats than any other eReader I have seen. I love everything about this device. The new firmware improves one of the only problems it had (displaying PDFs formatted for A4) by including 'reflow' so that PDF's can be resized better to fit the screen. The Calibre software (formerly called libprs500) is probably better than the sony software if you don't want to use the books from Sony's own store. Calibre is an open source program so it's easy to get hold of and doesn't cost anything. If you're in the market for an eReader, this truly is the best one currently available.

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