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There were about 10 of these Sony eBook readers on clearance in the large Tesco Extra in the Brookfield Centre, Broxbourne this evening, towards the back of the store where the TVs and cameras are. Would have bought a couple myself but just picked up an iPad so I have an eReader device...

These were all new, boxed, unopened devices. Not display, returned, refurbished etc items

Seemed like a good deal, next best price I found online was 89 pounds, via Amazon marketplace, so imho this Tesco instore deal trumps that...

Anyway maybe it's worth checking in your local store to see if you can bag what may be a reasonable deal for an eBook reader.
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#1
One word KINDLE which makes this useless eventhough the kindles more money its just a way better item than this so cold.
#2
I'm tempted but think i'll pick up a newer model tbh
#3
Have tried and owned both this and the 600 - go for the kindle, it's much better for reading
#4
polly69
One word KINDLE which makes this useless eventhough the kindles more money its just a way better item than this so cold.


Actually on the fly this device is far more versatile than the Kindle, supporting far more formats including the universal standard EPUB, Kindle only has its own proprietary format, to use anything else requires conversion.

So can you tell me exactly how the Kindle is a better item?
#5
This is a great price for this but I have just bought the newer PRS-350 for £129 at Waterstones and it is much better. Touch screen, more storage and higher contrast screen.
#6
i have this and think its perfect! v easy to use.
#7
'Would have bought a couple myself but just picked up an iPad so I have an eReader device'

Erm, nope. You have a large LCD that can display ebooks. Reading books on any type of display that is constantly refreshing is nowhere near as good/comfortable.pleasant as reading a book on an e-ink display.

Anyway - not a bad deal at all. The 300 was pretty good but the 350 is much better and not that much more expensive from Waterstones.
#8
Kindle
#9
i love my prs300

the kindle looks extremely nice but it is of much bigger dimensions seeing as it includes a keyboard, albeit with a slightly larger screen.

as outlined above, the range of formats is a great advantage for the sony, as well as the inherently high build quality.

i have no regrets getting my reader about a year ago - though it cost around this price then (special at comet)
#10
With the kindle don't you have to download books from Amazon?,if so stuff that
#11
Nice reader, admittedly contrast not the best but its one of few e-book readers which can genuinely fit into a jacket or jeans pocket which was a big plus for me when I bought it
#12
No you don't have to download books from Amazon. Plug it into your PC, or use WiFi and use Calibre as your librarian/converter.

The Kindle has a bigger screen and compared to the 300 it has a better screen.
#13
polly69
One word KINDLE which makes this useless eventhough the kindles more money its just a way better item than this so cold.

By going kindle though are you not restricted to where you buy books from i.e. you must buy from amazon, in the future this may not be the cheapest option.

Kindle is a very good piece of kit which they offer cheap to tie you in.
#14
Thought I read this somewhere...... can you not use Calibre to format non supported file formats to kindle friendly ones and even get Calibre to forward it a a kindle friendly email address?

Can anyone confirm?

I keep seeing second hand Sony readers at around the same new price as an Amazon Kindle, but ideally want the peace of mind of a new product but not the extortionate book prices of the Amazon marketplace.
#15
Having had both this and the latest kindle do yourselves a favour and spend the extra £20 for a kindle 10 x times better
#16
luvadealme
Thought I read this somewhere...... can you not use Calibre to format non supported file formats to kindle friendly ones and even get Calibre to forward it a a kindle friendly email address?

Can anyone confirm?

Yes tha'ts right... Calibre Rocks!
I keep seeing second hand Sony readers at around the same new price as an Amazon Kindle, but ideally want the peace of mind of a new product but not the extortionate book prices of the Amazon marketplace.
#17
johnnywashngo
'Would have bought a couple myself but just picked up an iPad so I have an eReader device'

Erm, nope. You have a large LCD that can display ebooks. Reading books on any type of display that is constantly refreshing is nowhere near as good/comfortable.pleasant as reading a book on an e-ink display.

Anyway - not a bad deal at all. The 300 was pretty good but the 350 is much better and not that much more expensive from Waterstones.


Why do people insist on spouting this nonsense. "good/comfortable.pleasant" are all subjective judgements, so don't try and pass them off as being objective statements of truth. I own this ereader and an Ipad and I prefer to read on the Ipad as I hate the black flash everytime you change a page on the ereader. I have noticed no difference in my comfort level and I prefer the fact the Ipad is in colour. I don't even touch my ereader now. It really is a matter of preference. A lot of people are still spreading lies about eye strain etc without any proof whatsoever other than their own experience which differs from the experience of others. My advice is to try it out

Edited By: ozy123 on Oct 01, 2010 11:17: coherency
#18
Why is the Ipod so popular? Ease of use + Itunes.

With a 3G Kindle you can switch it on pretty much anywhere and download pretty much any book instantly from the Amazon store. Okay the 3G version is £150, however, thats free 3G and it does mail, web etc.

Use online converters and Project Gutenberg for Kindle friendly books.

Edited By: twist on Oct 01, 2010 11:22: edit
#19
tried this 300 before and now have a 600, but a friend got a Kindle weeks ago and ...... yes, I'm going for the Kindle, the display is much better
#20
thinkscientist
luvadealme
Thought I read this somewhere...... can you not use Calibre to format non supported file formats to kindle friendly ones and even get Calibre to forward it a a kindle friendly email address?

Can anyone confirm?

Yes tha'ts right... Calibre Rocks!
I keep seeing second hand Sony readers at around the same new price as an Amazon Kindle, but ideally want the peace of mind of a new product but not the extortionate book prices of the Amazon marketplace.


So you can use this or other converters to read books *found* on the internet in other formats?

Is it worth getting the more expensive version of the Kindle if you don't intend to use amazon marketplace?
#21
another store specific tesco deal getting hot. there's a shock !
#22
luvadealme
thinkscientist
luvadealme
Thought I read this somewhere...... can you not use Calibre to format non supported file formats to kindle friendly ones and even get Calibre to forward it a a kindle friendly email address?

Can anyone confirm?

Yes tha'ts right... Calibre Rocks!
I keep seeing second hand Sony readers at around the same new price as an Amazon Kindle, but ideally want the peace of mind of a new product but not the extortionate book prices of the Amazon marketplace.


So you can use this or other converters to read books *found* on the internet in other formats?

Is it worth getting the more expensive version of the Kindle if you don't intend to use amazon marketplace?


I like the fact you can use the 3G pretty much anywhere in the world and its free, so even if I dont want to purchase a book, I can use it to browse my emails, read the news and use google maps to find local stuff while Im on hols. Phone data charges abroad are insane. IMO, well worth it.
#23
luvadealme
Is it worth getting the more expensive version of the Kindle if you don't intend to use amazon marketplace?


Nope. If you acquire books online in any format Calibre will convert them to .mobi which the kindle reads. You can then transfer them over a USB cable.
#24
ozy123
johnnywashngo
'Would have bought a couple myself but just picked up an iPad so I have an eReader device'

Erm, nope. You have a large LCD that can display ebooks. Reading books on any type of display that is constantly refreshing is nowhere near as good/comfortable.pleasant as reading a book on an e-ink display.

Anyway - not a bad deal at all. The 300 was pretty good but the 350 is much better and not that much more expensive from Waterstones.


Why do people insist on spouting this nonsense. "good/comfortable.pleasant" are all subjective judgements, so don't try and pass them off as being objective statements of truth. I own this ereader and an Ipad and I prefer to read on the Ipad as I hate the black flash everytime you change a page on the ereader. I have noticed no difference in my comfort level and I prefer the fact the Ipad is in colour. I don't even touch my ereader now. It really is a matter of preference. A lot of people are still spreading lies about eye strain etc without any proof whatsoever other than their own experience which differs from the experience of others. My advice is to try it out


Ereader is ideal for by the pool on hols as screen actually improves in sunlight, the iPad with its glossy screen is hopeless. Also, a Kindle or Sony is much easier to hold for long periods.

FWIW I prefer reading books (text) on the Kindle and PDFs on the iPad.

Yep, I own both too.
#25
Heed20
luvadealme
Is it worth getting the more expensive version of the Kindle if you don't intend to use amazon marketplace?


Nope. If you acquire books online in any format Calibre will convert them to .mobi which the kindle reads. You can then transfer them over a USB cable.


There might be DRM issues to deal with though.
#26
This is a great deal. I have the kindle, and it works brilliantly on PDFs and non-Amazon bought stuff. I am just saying that here, because there seems to be a lot of misunderstanding in the comments about supported formats. I don't think it supports some ePub formats, but it hasn't bothered me yet. It is really convenient to sync - or drag things onto it over USB.
That all said - this is a bargain price for a good reader, and free from any Amazon tie-in.
#27
well I think i am sold on the kindle, now I just have to work out if the extra 40 quid is worth it for the internet access...
#28
Great little device and a great price. I bought one a year ago at £125 and thought it was well worth it. Electronic ink displays are far better for reading on than an LCD screen, IMO. You can quite happily read away for hours with no more eye strain or discomfort than a paper book.

Worth considering the new Kindle too but with it you are pretty much locked in to Amazon's proprietary format. However, with either device if you take a little time to investigate the various file format conversion tools and DRM strippers you will find that almost any format is open to you.
#29
Wicked Lester


Ereader is ideal for by the pool on hols as screen actually improves in sunlight, the iPad with its glossy screen is hopeless. Also, a Kindle or Sony is much easier to hold for long periods.

FWIW I prefer reading books (text) on the Kindle and PDFs on the iPad.

Yep, I own both too.


Yeah - LCD tablet screens are well suited to PDF reading or stuff like graphic novels/electronic comics. E-ink displays are waaaay more book like when it come to novels and also perfect for reading in bright light conditions (ie. outdoors) like a regular book, unlike the tablet screens which are rubbish in bright sunlight.
#30
Currently, the Kindle is the best option in terms of book prices.

You only have to look at what Waterstones and Apple are charging for some books - it's quite frankly outrageous to pay more for a digital format, than the actual paperback itself!

I got the GF a Kindle for that reason alone.

The devices by Sony are also very good, but for people who will buy books in a legit fashion, it's an expensive route to go down as a result sadly.
#31
twist

I like the fact you can use the 3G pretty much anywhere in the world and its free, so even if I dont want to purchase a book, I can use it to browse my emails, read the news and use google maps to find local stuff while Im on hols. Phone data charges abroad are insane. IMO, well worth it.


Have you tried using email and maps on it? I have a Kindle 2 International (purchased from the US store about a year ago), and let's just say Amazon weren't kidding when they included the web browser as an "experimental" feature.

Unless it's significantly improved on the new ones, I wouldn't ever recommend a Kindle as a web device, not even with the free data.

The Kindle service itself is great though. And that's what it is: a service. If you can accept the limitation that you're not so much buying ebooks from Amazon as paying to read them, you'll get along fine. I really like it, but I can see why people don't. And for those people, this is a pretty hot deal.
#32
twist
Why is the Ipod so popular? Ease of use + Itunes.

With a 3G Kindle you can switch it on pretty much anywhere and download pretty much any book instantly from the Amazon store. Okay the 3G version is £150, however, thats free 3G and it does mail, web etc.

Use online converters and Project Gutenberg for Kindle friendly books.


I have both iPad and Kindle and used to have this and i must say if you want to play games, surf the web etc why would you be buying an e reader.

If you want to read books the Kindle is the way to go am so pleased I ordered it.
#33
Samme
twist

I like the fact you can use the 3G pretty much anywhere in the world and its free, so even if I dont want to purchase a book, I can use it to browse my emails, read the news and use google maps to find local stuff while Im on hols. Phone data charges abroad are insane. IMO, well worth it.


Have you tried using email and maps on it? I have a Kindle 2 International (purchased from the US store about a year ago), and let's just say Amazon weren't kidding when they included the web browser as an "experimental" feature.

Unless it's significantly improved on the new ones, I wouldn't ever recommend a Kindle as a web device, not even with the free data.

The Kindle service itself is great though. And that's what it is: a service. If you can accept the limitation that you're not so much buying ebooks from Amazon as paying to read them, you'll get along fine. I really like it, but I can see why people don't. And for those people, this is a pretty hot deal.


I find for my needs to grab quick info its fine, Im not paying ipad prices so dont expect an iPad experience. Its a eReader first and the web etc. is just fine for what I would use it for. And whichever way you look at it free data abroad is well worth it. Kindle 3 web is much better than Kindle 2 BTW.

thinkscientist - Note how I mentioned books 1st and other 2nd. Thats because I understand the primary function of an ereader.

Edited By: twist on Oct 01, 2010 12:20: edit
#34
Nice find. I have the old 505 version of this and have compared it against my workmates kindle. I found that his kindle was superior. The screen seemed that little bit sharper and the page turns marginally quicker. Having said that though the differences were so slight that I'd be quite happy to use either device.

Also I know some people have mentioned using their ipad as an ereading device. I can't really see much of a problem with this but if you are like me and like to read to relax prior to going to sleep then I would bear in mind that there are a number of reports circulating about how the backlit screen of the ipad slows the production of melatonin in the body and therefore inhibits natural sleep.
#35
scrumpypaul
as well as the inherently high build quality.


err, unfortunately not, PRS300's screen breaks too easily and not worth repairing ..very common issue with prses
banned#36
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#37
No point comparing the PRS-505 against a Kindle 3 as the 505 is at least 3 years old. Screens have moved on.

I do prefer the 505 O/S to the Kindle and I like a clock at the bottom of the screen. Also EPUB on a 300 will be left justified as Sony have not made the 505 or the 300 fully justification, use LRF for that.
#38
tweety
No point comparing the PRS-505 against a Kindle 3 as the 505 is at least 3 years old. Screens have moved on.


The Kindle 3 has a faster page refresh than my 505, but the screens are very comparable quality wise.
#39
Very interesting comments. I am toying with the idea of a Kindle but can't afford one yet, but I have signed up to free Kindle watch for all the free book download notifications, which come in thick and fast and seem to be extremely diverse. So by the time I can afford my reader I'll have plenty of choices for free reading.
#40
adrienne1945
Very interesting comments. I am toying with the idea of a Kindle but can't afford one yet, but I have signed up to free Kindle watch for all the free book download notifications, which come in thick and fast and seem to be extremely diverse. So by the time I can afford my reader I'll have plenty of choices for free reading.


Where abouts do you sign up for that? got a link

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