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An alternative offering to those of us who are not yet Kindle fan boys and available now!. Highly regarded ereader and this seems a very good price. Be quick because they'll go fast.

Sony PRS-350 Reader Pocket Edition Ultra Slim and lightweight with 5" Glare-Free Touch Screen Silver

Easy to use touch screen for fast, intuitive navigation of your favourite books. Simply touch the screen to call up any story and turn the page with a swipe of the finger. The 5” E Ink® Pearl paper-like glare-free display reads just like a real book - even in direct sunlight. The screen has no backlight or flicker so does not fatigue the eyes. Adjust contrast and brightness to suit your personal reading preferences.

On board are 12 dictionaries including 2 English(British/American) and 10 Translation dictionaries (French, German, Spanish, Dutch and Italian to and from English). Double-tap a word to find its meaning or translation into one of the 5 languages.

Features:


Easy to use touch screen allows you to turn pages with a swipe of the finger and effortlessly navigate through your books.
Read for hours without eye strain on this no glare paper-like display - even in direct sunlight
Double-tap a word to find its meaning or translation in one of the 12 built-in dictionaries
Unbelievably small and thin and lighter than most paperbacks at just 155 grams

General Information:

Unbelievably small and thin and lighter than most paperbacks at just 155 grams
Store up to 1200 books on your Reader.

Enjoy 2 full weeks of reading on a single battery charge.

Adjustable font size allows you to resize the text to improve readability; 6 font sizes available from XS to XXL.

Annotation to highlight passages on screen or take freehand notes with your finger or stylus.

Bookmark pages and return to them instantly.

Search and Zoom makes it easy to find passages and zoom in on text.

Collections lets you manage your files from within the Reader.

Wide choice of supported formats such as EPUB, PDF, Text, RTF, Word and BBeB so you can read practically anything.

Purchase, borrow or get ebooks for free from a wide range of places, including partner ebookstores and libraries.

Intuitive Reader Library software for PC and Mac makes it easy to download eBooks, manage your collection and transfer titles to your Reader Pocket Edition™.

Reader Pocket Edition comes in a choice of colours to suit your own personal style.

Choose from a range of covers to protect, personalise and keep your Reader Pocket Edition looking good.

Other optional accessories include a cover with light for use at night-time and AC adapter.

Mini USB and quick start guide supplied.

Specifications:

Technology:
E Ink® Pearl touchscreen

Screen size:
(inch/cm) 5 /12.7

Resolution:
800x600 (h/w)
Grey scale
16-level grey scale

Storage Capacity:
Built in flash memory (MB)
2GB (Approx. 1200 eBooks) (*1)
MemoryStick™ MS DUO slot: NO
SD Card Slot: NO

Power:
Battery Type
Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery: DC 3.7 V
Battery Life (reading EPUB eBooks)
2 full weeks of reading

USB:
Hi-Speed USB
Compatible Formats
Unsecured / free eBooks & text files
EPUB eBook, Adobe® PDF, Microsoft® Word, TXT, RTF, BBeB (*2)
DRM (Secure / purchased) eBooks and text files
EPUB eBooks (Adept) BBeB eBooks (Marlin)

Image & Photo files:
JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP

General data:
Width (mm) 104.3 Height (mm) 145 Depth (mm) 8.5
Weight (g) 155

Supplied accessories:
Micro USB cable YES
Quick Start guide YES
Reader Library software YES
Recommended Minimum System Requirements (PC only, not MAC)

Operating System:
Microsoft Windows 7 (32/64 bit), Microsoft Windows Vista (32/64 bit), Microsoft Windows XP (32 bit only), Mac OS X version 10.6.2 or later, 10.5.6 or later, 10.4.11 or later
Processor Windows: 800 MHz Celeron class processor or better Macintosh: Intel, PowerPC G3, G4 or G5 processor
RAM 128 MB or more (minimum 512 MB for Windows 7, Windows Vista)
Hard Drive Windows: 100 MB or more (Windows) available, Macintosh: 60 MB or more (Mac OS) available. Depending on the content amount, more space may be required.
USB Port USB port (High-Speed USB Compatible)
Internet Connection Broadband recommended
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#1
Awaiting the Kindle brigade to spout how much superior their none comparable e-reader is.
#2
bargain for those who prefer this over a kindle

i have a sony reader - probably one of the best purchases i've ever made. really solid construction and a doddle to use.
#3
I prefer the Sony brand. I have the PRS300 Pocket Reader, love it to bits! Not too keen on a Touch version, but that is a good price! :)
#5

Apologies for getting a bit sniffy but the sony is a top quality product and a recent Which? ereader best buy. The one you highlight is not. 'Buy cheap, buy twice' as the old saying goes....
#6
another advantage of the sony over the kindle is the absolute pocketability of it.

dimensions are 104.3mm x 145mm x 8.5mm weight 155g

compared to the kindle

dimensions are 123mm x 190mm x 8.5mm 241g.
#9
cicobuff
Awaiting the Kindle brigade to spout how much superior their none comparable e-reader is.


Checkout the recent MacBook Pro that was voted hot. 260 comments mainly about the pros and cons of PC and Mac products!!

Had to get involved myself! and it is still going on.
3 Likes #10
More than half the comments here are defending the Sony from attacks by Kindle fanboys - and yet there isn't a single comment in praise of Kindles! Feeling a little sensitive are we?

More seriously; I liked the idea of the Kindle (especially the lifetime, worldwide internet access) but having used a mate's it's a bit clunky and awkward as a reader (and very clunky and awkward for using the web). Are the Sony's a lot nicer - or should I just wait for the next generation?
#11
inicholson
More than half the comments here are defending the Sony from attacks by Kindle fanboys - and yet there isn't a single comment in praise of Kindles! Feeling a little sensitive are we?

More seriously; I liked the idea of the Kindle (especially the lifetime, worldwide internet access) but having used a mate's it's a bit clunky and awkward as a reader (and very clunky and awkward for using the web). Are the Sony's a lot nicer - or should I just wait for the next generation?



never used a kindle so can't comment on useability - though web access is a plus albeit that kindle is £152.

sony has a greater array of formats that can be used (although great program "calibre" can be used to convert ebooks)

sony fits in pocket easily.

i imagine the actual "reading" aspect of both is very similar - i've heard some people complain of a 1 second or so refresh rate - in practice this is not an issue, you learn to click "next page" when you need to to allow seamless reading. plus in normal books the refresh rate is how quickly you can turn the page anyway!!

my main response to what you have said however is this............

next generation? what's the point? i have my very high quality "first gen" reader (PRS300) in a nice leather cover and it will do me fine, absolutely fine, until either it dies or i do! I expect it'll be me who snuffs it firts cos it seems very robust whereas the kindle looks a little plasticky.
#12
Oh jeez just ordered one from tesco using my vouchers and still cost a tiny bit more than this!!! Sony comes highly recommended from friends who have it...
1 Like #13
once again something beomes succesful (kindle) so people think it's "cool" to knock it.

Can someone tell me what makes this so superior to the kindle which is a geat bit of kit
1 Like #14
I have the PRS-300. From what I have read, the 350 sorts out the problem of the battery discharging when the reader isn't being used. If the PRS-300 is fully charged, but not used for 4 weeks the charge is practically gone. I compared the two side-by-side in the SONY shop and the 350 had the better screen to my eyes.
#15
inicholson
Are the Sony's a lot nicer - or should I just wait for the next generation?


I just grabbed a second hand PRS-600 Touch (2nd generation Sony touch e-reader) and it's pretty nice. Slight glare issues, which apparently are resolved in the 3rd generation PRS-650 (and the 350 here). Solid build, quite fast for transitions (menu, page turns, etc) and 3rd gen is meant to be faster.

It has expandable memory, but there is no point loading thousands of ebooks from Project Gutenberg on it though, as it can't handle indexing it such an amount - it'll drain the battery before it has sorted it all out. Similarly, Calibre doesn't enjoy thousands of books in it either (nor does the Sony library software). I've just used a 2gb microSD and I'll keep the bulk of my library on the computer. (SLOWLY sorting each title out in Calibre - Calibre is frustrating at times though, as it'll say a cover is available but then will give an error message most of the time.)
#16
i don't know if you're perhaps overloading calibre, but when i convert a book it only takes about three seconds?
#17
hmmmn, ebay is still showing as in stock though :s

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Edited By: matt_james27 on Feb 28, 2011 19:38
#18
Just noticed on iphone, eBay mobile site and app shows as 65 available. Probably the original quantity put up on sale. I hope so!
#19
Good comparison with kindle here...

http://ezinearticles.com/?The-Nook-Vs-Kindle-3-Vs-Sony-Reader-Touch-Edition-PRS-350:-And-the-Winner-Is?&id=5131134

Apparently this doesn't have wireless or come with an AC Adapter
#20
doobyduck
Good comparison with kindle here...

http://ezinearticles.com/?The-Nook-Vs-Kindle-3-Vs-Sony-Reader-Touch-Edition-PRS-350:-And-the-Winner-Is?&id=5131134


Apparently this doesn't have wireless or come with an AC Adapter



The conclusion of that comparison was what the reviewer felt was important to him as an e-reader though. If you want a pocket ereader, then there is no other option other than the Sony (regardless of lack of wi-fi).

For me personally (and the more comparable units), I chose the Nook over the Kindle for three reasons, most importantly memory expansion, secondly format support...epub, thirdly, aesthetics and build.

Where that reviewer got the idea the Nook has less robust features from I do not know, as it offers more features!

The AC Adapter is hardly a problem with the Sony readers, they can be charged via USB or for that matter any official or third party PSP Charger which can be picked up much cheaper than the official Sony Reader AC Adapter.


Edited By: cicobuff on Feb 28, 2011 21:13: more info
#21
the nook is a cool thing - very versatile and hackable.

wish it was easily available over here

just found out on the usa ebay nook store they're giving you a $50 off voucher, knocking it down to $199

where did you get yours?
#22
Yeah where did you get the Nook?
#23
I was referrring to the Nook, not the Nook Color (which is $249) when I said I preferred it over the Kindle. I could have bought the Nook Color, but wanted an e-ink ereader rather than a LCD Colour Screen.

The Nook Color is a cool device hacked as an Android Tablet for sure, but already owning a Netbook and an Android Phone, and having a short battery life and not being e-ink it wasn't really for me as I wanted a dedicated ereader.

As for where I bought the Nook, none other than Barnes & Noble itself as a Christmas present whilst in the USA over Xmas.
#24
scrumpypaul
i don't know if you're perhaps overloading calibre, but when i convert a book it only takes about three seconds?


Originally I had added nearly 1000 books, but this time I've started slowly and it's only got about 35 books and it's a little faster. I wouldn't call it speedy though. Maybe it'll be sorted in an update.
#25
RJK3
scrumpypaul
i don't know if you're perhaps overloading calibre, but when i convert a book it only takes about three seconds?

Originally I had added nearly 1000 books, but this time I've started slowly and it's only got about 35 books and it's a little faster. I wouldn't call it speedy though. Maybe it'll be sorted in an update.


well, you beat me.

most of the books i've been able to get hold of have been in a supported format and haven't needed conversion - the most i've had to do is maybe 10 at most.

you must be a quick reader? or maybe more organised than me.....

Edited By: scrumpypaul on Mar 01, 2011 13:53
#26
scrumpypaul
RJK3
scrumpypaul
i don't know if you're perhaps overloading calibre, but when i convert a book it only takes about three seconds?


Originally I had added nearly 1000 books, but this time I've started slowly and it's only got about 35 books and it's a little faster. I wouldn't call it speedy though. Maybe it'll be sorted in an update.



well, you beat me.

most of the books i've been able to get hold of have been in a supported format and haven't needed conversion - the most i've had to do is maybe 10 at most.

you must be a quick reader? or maybe more organised than me.....


Oh I didn't mean to imply that I was doing any converting - just sorting my ebook library into the Calibre library, and putting metadata like title/author/book covers. I think the Sony reader handles it better when files are imported onto it using Calibre, as it doesn't have to do as much work to make the index file perhaps. Before I used Calibre, I nearly depleted the batteries of the PRS-600 as I'd simply copied a lot of ebooks onto an SD card and plugged it in. I turned it off manually once it got down to 1 bar.
#27
I use my blackberry charger for it. Would never use the wifi option anyway. If anyone else wanted to read the books you've downloaded you'd need to put on the computer before transferring to theirs. I had an iriver and was rubbish - had wifi - ended up taking back. This ereader is so simple to use - the font change means I won't need prescription sunglasses afterall yeeha!! Sony all the way - don't want to be tied to having to use c card on net- tend to use ebook cards which can be topped up.
#28
is this the ipad 2 killer ?
#29
EXPIRED!!!
#30
Expired?
#31
So , what is better about this than a kindle? We have two of them and they are great. When I've seen a Sony in action in the past it's had a much slower screen refresh than the Kindle.
#32
Sadly missed this all sold.............
#33
Dr Zoidberg
So , what is better about this than a kindle? We have two of them and they are great. When I've seen a Sony in action in the past it's had a much slower screen refresh than the Kindle.


It offers a differing array of features than a Kindle, it is "better" for those that want to do annotations featuring a touch screen (very useful for students), also it is more pocketable (for those that need a pocket reader), supports ePub and has a better build quality.

However it is not directly comparable to a Kindle due to its form factor, a better comparison would be the Barnes & Noble Nook, or the Sony PRS-650, but that like this has differing features and is none wireless. For those requiring annotation they are the best options with their touch screens.
#34
Dr Zoidberg
So , what is better about this than a kindle? We have two of them and they are great. When I've seen a Sony in action in the past it's had a much slower screen refresh than the Kindle.

Post #11, paragraph #4
#35
scrumpypaul
Dr Zoidberg
So , what is better about this than a kindle? We have two of them and they are great. When I've seen a Sony in action in the past it's had a much slower screen refresh than the Kindle.
Post #11, paragraph #4

The PRS350 does not have a slow page refresh unlike earlier versions. The main advantage for me over the Kindle, and the reason I bought the Sony, is that you can download books for free from the library and keep them for 2 weeks. If you haven't read them in that time, you can just check them back out again, assuming nobody has them reserved. Books for free and works a treat.
#36
harryg001
scrumpypaul
Dr Zoidberg
So , what is better about this than a kindle? We have two of them and they are great. When I've seen a Sony in action in the past it's had a much slower screen refresh than the Kindle.
Post #11, paragraph #4


The PRS350 does not have a slow page refresh unlike earlier versions. The main advantage for me over the Kindle, and the reason I bought the Sony, is that you can download books for free from the library and keep them for 2 weeks. If you haven't read them in that time, you can just check them back out again, assuming nobody has them reserved. Books for free and works a treat.


Not at mine you can't :(

No support for any brand of e-reader. If they did then that would be a big plus for whatever brand it was.
#37
Dr Zoidberg
harryg001
scrumpypaul
Dr Zoidberg
So , what is better about this than a kindle? We have two of them and they are great. When I've seen a Sony in action in the past it's had a much slower screen refresh than the Kindle.
Post #11, paragraph #4
The PRS350 does not have a slow page refresh unlike earlier versions. The main advantage for me over the Kindle, and the reason I bought the Sony, is that you can download books for free from the library and keep them for 2 weeks. If you haven't read them in that time, you can just check them back out again, assuming nobody has them reserved. Books for free and works a treat.
Not at mine you can't :(No support for any brand of e-reader. If they did then that would be a big plus for whatever brand it was.

That's a real shame. I'm hoping it's not a service they're going to cut since they're shutting 20% of the libraries!
#38
Sony 350 is an Excellent ereader would highly recommend. I charge mine with my blackberry charger so no need to buy an expensive one. Not good that it doesn't come with a cover however with the price you are paying.

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