Contrary to quite some reviewers, I decided to review this unit after I have had it for about 5 months now.
I have not purchased a 'dead-tree'book since! Why should I? All that one requires is here. Bookmarks, a good font, ideal size and weight, great screen even in direct sunlight (it actually looks better in the the sun!!) and of course, the ability to carry all those books around with you in a small device.
And guess what, you can see images on it, and hey, play your MP3s too!! What else do you need in life? A steady supply of books, and there are lots of places where you can get those, legally or nefariously. Taking a look into the gutenberg texts site should keep you at it for life!
People might complain about the Sony Reader not having a backlit screen. I cannot agree with them. You don't have a backlight on a real book. And this is what gives the PRS such a great reading experience. After a couple of minutes you can't tell it's not a real book.
I ditched the Sony software and used the free Calibre package for it. FAR better use.
I have dropped this twice, used it while on the dinner table, in bed, in the bathroom, everywhere...and I haven't even one scratch on it!!! This is one tough baby!
Solidly built and a pleasure to own....I could not buy this through play.com (my favourite store!) since they do not ship electronics to Malta (why not?), but that is besides the point of the review.