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Sony E-reader PRS-300, £79.99 delivered @ HMV

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Lighter than a typical paperback, weighing just 220g, the new ultra slim Reader Pocket Edition™ is designed to fit in your bag or pocket - take it with you wherever you go.
Elegant lightweight design with front aluminium panel in a choice of new colours to suit your own personal style.
Easy to read 5" E Ink® Vizplex™ paper-like screen has no backlight or flicker so you can read for hours - even in direct sunlight and at virtually any angle. 8 Levels of grey scale gives ultra fine text detail.
Built-in 512MB memory easily stores around 350 eBook titles, so you can carry all your favourite thrillers, biographies or romantic novels on-the-go
Long battery life with 6,800 continuous page turns from a single charge – enough to last up to two weeks, and get you through the longest journeys.
Huge choice of new titles, bestsellers and classics to buy, borrow or download legally for free. Easily and speedily transfer from your PC to your Reader Pocket Edition™ via USB 2.0 cable.
Intuitive eBook Library software for PC and Mac makes it easy to download eBooks, manage your collection and transfer titles to your Reader Pocket Edition™
Read eBooks in a choice of file formats: Reader Pocket Edition™ supports EPUB (industry standard), PDF, Text, RTF, Word and BBeB
Add bookmarks for a real reading experience: Automatically find the page you were last reading, and call up stored eBooks quickly by Author, Title or Date. Choose from three adjustable font sizes to improve readability.
Intuitive and easy to use controls let you scroll smoothly down the page, read page-by-page or "fast forward" through an eBook title.
Choose from a range of covers to protect, personalise and keep your Reader Pocket Edition™ looking good.
Other accessories for the Reader Pocket Edition™ include a cover with light for use at night-time, AC adaptor and car charger.
Full charge in only 4 hours from a laptop or PC via the supplied high speed USB cable. Two hours charge time with the optional UK/continental AC Adaptor.
Carry pouch, USB and quick start guide supplied.

Specifications:

Display Screen - Technology, E Ink Vizplex, Screen size (inch)5, Resolution 800x600 (h/w), Grey Scale 8-level grey scale.
Storage Capacity - Built in flash memory (MB), 512MB (Approx. 350 eBooks)
Power - Battery Type (Built-in rechargeable lithium battery: DC 3.7 V), Battery Life (Approx. 6800 page turns), Recharging Time (4 Hrs with USB, 2Hrs 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)
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#1
How do these compare to the new gen kindle?
#3
tek-monkey
How do these compare to the new gen kindle?

don't know.

but it's a Sony, its proper e-ink, and it's only 80 squids !

i just bought a pink one for the missus, this is a bargain ;)
#4
tek-monkey
How do these compare to the new gen kindle?


Was wondering the same myself
#5
May have to have a look. Am loving the kindle from work, so would like to compare the 2 before I decide what to go for.
#6
Old model that's been £84 on Play for a while.

The latest Kindle - whilst been a bit more expensive - is a far better choice.
#7
I would probably get a Kindle for £109 rather than this as the hardware is much better and the store integration is nice. However Kindles don't support ebooks from public libraries or book stores other than the Kindle one.

I have voted hot on this as £80 for a premium ebook reader is a good price.
#8
tek-monkey
How do these compare to the new gen kindle?


IMO, it feels nicer and more compact, but Kindle's got more features .. I had both, no absolute winner for me here
#9
Not sure how good the Sony is but this is a cracking price for it
#10
I put my PRS505 next to my Dad's new Kindle over the weekend. The contrast is slightly better on the Kindle and the page turn a bit quicker. Other than that there isn't much to choose, I prefer the metal casing on my Sony. I assume the 300 isn't that different to the 505 in terms of e-ink display.

Paying a "bit more" for the Kindle in this context is actually paying over a third more, so it is quite a big difference.
#11
I bought the full size version yesterday from HMV and it was only £99 compared to £199 on the sony website!
#12
Good price but as said before the PRS300 is the older version of the PRS350 which has touchscreen and 2GB memory. Build quality and usability is good though as would expect from a Sony product.

The newer PRS350 is about £135 after VAT back from Sony incase anyone wanted to compare new vs old.
#13
'Usually available in 5 to 8 days' = You probably won't get it and we'll make you wait weeks to find out.
#14
As above, this is the last generation of e-readers and feels quite a bit slower than the new v3 kindle. The screen quality isn't as good either. For the extra £30 is just not worth buying this.

If you're worried about compatibility on the kindle just install calibre, problem solved.
#15
Found this too small for reading. I think you need 6" plus for e-reading.
#16
I've got a kindle and I have to say that think it's smart, whispernet is great and getting non-kindle format stuff onto it isn't difficult. But, If I hadn't of already bought an ebook reader I would've been very tempted by this.
1 Like #17
Have just purchased a Kindle.
Have to say very impressed.
Also installed Calibre.
Calibre is a great program, and it's FREE.
Convert all formats and easy to use menus, have converted some pdf's etc. with no problems
http://calibre-ebook.com/download
#18
phead
For the extra £30 is just not worth buying this.

for some of us that 'extra £30' to which you so glibly refer, is the difference between being able to afford a proper e-reader, and not.
#19
tek-monkey
How do these compare to the new gen kindle?


Had both, now have the Kindle 3G. For me in terms of performance the Kindle wins most cases, the books are cheaper on amazon kindle books than the other sites too. The new kindle also uses newer e-ink technology and the contrast is significantly better. Whisper sync is a cool feature too. The pricier 3G kindle also has free browsing i.e. no monthly fees, great because you can access the web if your abroad too at no cost.
Only down side to the kindle is it does not support epub files.
I'd pay extra for the new tech. and get a Kindle personally, but this is a good price.

Edited By: blaser on Nov 22, 2010 14:21
#20
Do they have a download area for downloading all types of ebooks?
#21
Bought one of these for the missus for our anniversary in September. She's never without it, and reads it all the time. Yes, the Kindle may have better tech, but this is an absolute bargain for the price. Tempted to get one for myself :o)

BS...
#22
It doesn't mention wifi?.
#23
It doesn't have wifi connects via usb
#24
This is a really good ereader, very compact, nice weight, decent screen. Anybody that says a Kindle is much better hasn't tried both and would probably say an iPod is better than a Phillips, Sony or Cowon.
#25
It's hot but only if they'd honour it...Already been upset in the past for some wii games never delivered by hmv and archos player. So not voting.
#26
wow that 600S is a bargain isn't it??? £269 on Amazon? Unless I'm missing something?
#27
mumbojumbo
ravylesley
I bought the full size version yesterday from HMV and it was only £99 compared to £199 on the sony website!


The 6in Touchscreen version PRS-600 is £99.99 online:
Silver - http://hmv.com/hmvweb/displayProductDetails.do?ctx=280;0;-1;-1;-1&sku=260946
Black - http://hmv.com/hmvweb/displayProductDetails.do?ctx=280;0;-1;-1;-1&sku=260938


Are you pleased with it? £99 seems a VERY good price.
#28
I would not recomend thiss sony, the screens crack very easily and the screen protector does NOT PROTECT it. Mine was in a a bag with a book and my wallet and the screen cracked with no impact or dropping with the "screen protector" on. The irony of a book killing my ebook reader was not lost on me. This is not a one off, there are many storys on the ebook forums regarding the screens on this model cracking. Getting it fixed costs more than a new one. 20 more for the kindle is a no brainer.

Edited By: motherfunk on Nov 22, 2010 15:20
#29
GingerDi
wow that 600S is a bargain isn't it??? £269 on Amazon? Unless I'm missing something?

The price you quote does not reflect the current situation. As previously stated, the Sony PRS 300 and 600's are the old models. The newer, faster, improved Sony models PRS 350 (£159.99) and PRS 650 (£199.99), use the exact same latest e-ink technology as the Kindle. I recall that the sony's qualify for the Sony VAT cashback promotion that ends sometime before xmas. Sony's do not have wi-fi connectivity but do handle more ebook formats out the box than the Kindle can. I understand that the sony's are also marginally better at handling pdf files. Presumably, retailers need to shift the old sony's and will ask whatever they think they can get.

This offer is tempting i must say. I'm in the market for an ebook reader and frankly not sure what to do at this point.

Edited By: topazz on Nov 22, 2010 15:22
#30
motherfunk
I would not recomend thiss sony, the screens crack very easily and the screen protector does NOT PROTECT it. Mine was in a a bag with a book and my wallet and the screen cracked with no impact or dropping with the "screen protector" on. The irony of a book killing my ebook reader was not lost on me. This is not a one off, there are many storys on the ebook forums regarding the screens on this model cracking. Getting it fixed costs more than a new one. 20 more for the kindle is a no brainer.


Why would you put it in a bag with no protection? That's pretty mad. Of course it would break, so would the Kindle. It's got exactly the same sort of screen.
#31
motherfunk
I would not recomend thiss sony, the screens crack very easily and the screen protector does NOT PROTECT it, minewas in a a bag with a book and my walled and the screen cracked, the irony of a book killing it was not lost on me. This is not a one off there are storys on all the forums regarding the screens cracking, be warned getting it fixed costs more than a new one. 20 more for the kindle is a no brainer.


Well, we have had a PRS300 and two 505s in the family and used them for about 18 month with no problem. Just because some people manage to break the screens on their readers should not be a reason not to recommend them. It's like saying that BMWs are no good because a few people have crashed their into trees smashed them up.

The PRS300 is very good and a hot deal at this price, BUT, it can be a pain buying and transferring books to it as you must use a PC.

We now have Kindles and the whole experience is MUCH better than the Sony readers. So, if you are new to eReaders I would advise you to spend a little more on a Kindle if you can stretch the budget.
#32
Great deal. Can someone help me i have a number of epub books on my pc would i be right in thinking that the sony reader is therefore the only option?
#33
notmeg99
Great deal. Can someone help me i have a number of epub books on my pc would i be right in thinking that the sony reader is therefore the only option?


The Sony isn't the only option - epub books work on almost all e-book readers except for the Kindle. That's the main reason I haven't bought one yet. The Kindle is by far and away the best e-reader out there, especially with the free 3G for travelling, but I can't download books from the library.
#34
montblanc
motherfunk
I would not recomend thiss sony, the screens crack very easily and the screen protector does NOT PROTECT it. Mine was in a a bag with a book and my wallet and the screen cracked with no impact or dropping with the "screen protector" on. The irony of a book killing my ebook reader was not lost on me. This is not a one off, there are many storys on the ebook forums regarding the screens on this model cracking. Getting it fixed costs more than a new one. 20 more for the kindle is a no brainer.


Why would you put it in a bag with no protection? That's pretty mad. Of course it would break, so would the Kindle. It's got exactly the same sort of screen.


It had the screen protector sony supllied on it, the screen on these are very brittle and its well documented, im not saying dont buy it im just saying spend 20 extra on a better reader thats also less brittle, e.g i have had both and know what im talking about.
1 Like #35
Isn't the screen protector just a transparent plastic sticker designed to prevent scratching? If so, then what on earth made you think it would protect the device from impact damage?
#36
Dont these come with a nansharts ?
1 Like #37
I've got the PRS-300 and my wife has the Kindle, so I've used both quite a bit. There's no denying it, the Kindle is a better piece of kit.

The battery on my PRS-300 is going iffy, it performs very 'oddly' when low on battery, the screen isn't quite as clear as the Kindle and response times for turning pages can vary (sometimes it'll be almost instant, sometimes it'll take up to ten seconds). The Sony software is also pretty naff. The Kindle has far more features, wifi, web browsing etc.

All that said though, for £80 it's a bargain, and it's much more portable. And let's face it, most people who want an ereader aren't bothered about wifi, or browsing the web, they just want to read.

I love my PRS-300 despite it's faults because it'll fit easily inside my coat pocket, and is considerably lighter than lugging a load of books about with me!

If you can push the extra £30, I'd go with the Kindle but if you can't, or if you want a smaller e-reader, then this is a great price.

Also someone up there mentioned this is the "older" model, and the touch screen is the "newer". That may technically be right but if you read up on a few reviews the touchscreen doesn't perform as favourably when it comes to the e-ink screen. The prs-300 is noticably clearer when the two are put side to side.
#38
Superb bit of kit at a great price. £80 for a proper e-Ink device, well worth it for any keen reader who has been holding back on eBooks.
#39
Quick follow up on the "Screen Protector" comments above. The one it comes with protects it against dust and light scratches, it's a soft fabric (sort of like a "posh, black phone sock") and it's pretty clear it's not meant to protect it against knocks/bangs.

Then again I'm the kind of person that's overly cautious with paper books because I don't want them scuffing.

::and a further quick edit to clarify that you CAN copy books over to it on non-windows machines. The Sony software works on OS X but you should be able to use it on anything. When plugged in the PRS-300 appears as a removable drive, if you copy and paste your ebook in to the library folder, it'll appear on the device.

Edited By: MrGrinch on Nov 22, 2010 17:03
1 Like #40
I am a long-time Sony E-reader user, currently with a 505. Have heard a lot of good things about the kindle, and finally took the plunge. Arrived this morning, and I have transferred my current book across and read a few chapters.

I have to say that (although a lot of it may just be familiarity) I still prefer my old Sony. The kindle feels cheap and plasticy in comparison, and it is very easy to turn the pages by accident whilst just holding the thing.

John Lewis currently have the PRS600S for £99.95 (out of stock online but I have seen them instore still) and despite just having spent £109.00 on the kindle, I am seriously thinking about giving that one a go.

http://www.johnlewis.com/230681796/Product.aspx

Probably the best place for out of copyright books is Gutenberg:

http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page

If you'll mainly be reading modern mainstream books and don't mind paying for them, kindle is probably a good bet.

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