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Sony PRS-300 Pocket Reader £139.00@WHSMITH + Poss 4% Quidco

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With the new Pocket Reader PRS-300 from Sony you can take 100s of eBooks wherever you go. Carry all your favourite eBooks on one slim, lightweight digital book reader and escape to a good book when… Read More
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7y, 7m agoFound 7 years, 7 months ago
With the new Pocket Reader PRS-300 from Sony you can take 100s of eBooks wherever you go.

Carry all your favourite eBooks on one slim, lightweight digital book reader and escape to a good book whenever you want at home, on holiday, on the train.... The E Ink® Vizplex screen gives you a real reading experience. It looks just like paper, so you can read in bright sunlight from any angle.

Slim, compact design so extremely easy to carry around with you. 5 eInk® VizplexTM screen for a book like reading experience. Huge choice of content from classics to the latest blockbusters through any ebook store selling epub or pdf books. Variety of accessories to personalise your Reader covers, screen protectors, reading lights. Long battery life - Up to 6,800 page turns. Storage of up to 350 ebooks on internal memory. Access a variety of documents epub, bbeb, word documents and pdfs. Magnifies text to 3 different sizes to make reading easier. Add bookmarks to your books so you never lose where you are. Carrying pouch included.
Whether you are on the bus, train, plane or generally on the go the new Sony Pocket Reader is the ideal travel companion. The slim, compact design makes it extremely easy to carry around with you and with the ability to store up to 350 ebooks on the internal memory you will never be left without something to read especially now there is a huge choice of content; from classics to the latest blockbusters through any ebook store selling epub or pdf books. The easy to use interface on your Reader makes locating, accessing and book marking your books is easy.. The extended battery life means that you can turn 6,800 pages between charges making the Pocket Reader a perfect holiday companion. The Pocket Reader comes with a 5 eInk® VizplexTM screen for a book like reading experience, even in bright sunshine the revolutionary screen is easily readable. There is also no need to strain your eyes to read any words as there is a function which allows you to magnify the text up to 3 times.

The Pocket reader comes with a carrying pouch but there are also a variety of accessories to personalise your Reader including covers, screen protectors, reading lights. Also available in pink.

Looking for an ebook reader for the other half as a Christmas present, best price by about a tenner as far as I could see for this specific model. Hope this helps if someone was planning on buying one, and If anyone knows where to buy these cheaper please do post.
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#1
I have to admit I've never used one of these but I really just don't get it. I mean a book has got to be one of the most portable forms of entertainment going. I know you could have hundreds of books on this thing but who's got time to read that many books before you get back home/the shop/the library to change it for another one? And a book well.... it's a book isn't it? It's just got a certain something, smell, texture etc that just cannot be replicated with an electronic device. Don't get me wrong I'm a gadget fan and love technology but I just think these things aren't that great. Sorry!
#2
Blasphemous
I have to admit I've never used one of these but I really just don't get it. I mean a book has got to be one of the most portable forms of entertainment going. I know you could have hundreds of books on this thing but who's got time to read that many books before you get back home/the shop/the library to change it for another one? And a book well.... it's a book isn't it? It's just got a certain something, smell, texture etc that just cannot be replicated with an electronic device. Don't get me wrong I'm a gadget fan and love technology but I just think these things aren't that great. Sorry!


My wifes an avid reader when we go on our hols, and although extravagent, it certainly is going to beat carrying a dozen trashy novels to the other side of the world. :thumbsup:

Each to their own I guess, and if it turns out to be poor I can always flog it on ebay. :giggle:
#3
As an avid reader I'd LOVE this. Maybe santa's reading ....................................

Nice find. Hot!
#4
Blasphemous;7176084
I have to admit I've never used one of these but I really just don't get it. I mean a book has got to be one of the most portable forms of entertainment going. I know you could have hundreds of books on this thing but who's got time to read that many books before you get back home/the shop/the library to change it for another one? And a book well.... it's a book isn't it? It's just got a certain something, smell, texture etc that just cannot be replicated with an electronic device. Don't get me wrong I'm a gadget fan and love technology but I just think these things aren't that great. Sorry!

I totally agree, I love my gadgets but this is one too far. I'd rather carry a cheap paper version around rather than this expensive and delicate replacement.
#5
JJ7
As an avid reader I'd LOVE this. Maybe santa's reading ....................................

Nice find. Hot!


:santa: + :gift: + :stocking:
#6
Blasphemous
I have to admit I've never used one of these but I really just don't get it. I mean a book has got to be one of the most portable forms of entertainment going. I know you could have hundreds of books on this thing but who's got time to read that many books before you get back home/the shop/the library to change it for another one? And a book well.... it's a book isn't it? It's just got a certain something, smell, texture etc that just cannot be replicated with an electronic device. Don't get me wrong I'm a gadget fan and love technology but I just think these things aren't that great. Sorry!


Don't listen to the book smelling fetishists, these things are great. :thumbsup:
#7
nicks99
Don't listen to the book smelling fetishists, these things are great. :thumbsup:
:-D

yorkie
My wifes an avid reader when we go on our hols, and although extravagent, it certainly is going to beat carrying a dozen trashy novels to the other side of the world. :thumbsup:

Each to their own I guess, and if it turns out to be poor I can always flog it on ebay. :giggle:
Absolutely yorkie. I wasn't having a go at your post. As I said, it's just a personal thing. Like you, my wife reads books like they're gonna stop printing them. Perhaps she'd like one of these but unlike me, she's DEFINITELY not a gadget fan so I doubt it.

Hope you get on alright with it mate. :thumbsup:

Where do you buy the ebooks from by the way? You know there are a few good sites that offer free ebooks yeah? They're all out of copyright and obviously old but an old story is just a story if you've never read it before.
#9


Thanks for the links.:thumbsup:

Wasn't taking it personally, I didn't get the point of these as I am not an avid reader, would rather fry my brain on my PSP. However someone who is, explained that to them they are no different to an mp3 player. i.e. somewhere they can store a library of books instead of tracks that they can access on the go when they get a spare minute, i.e. on the train, hols etc...

I think you can buy e-books from the usual suspects such as WHSmith's, Waterstones, Amazon etc...
#10
I had a look at aKindle yesterday. Looks great. Buttons aren't too fiddly, screen looks good and battery life is ok.

But then I never had a big problem with paper books - paperbacks aren't very heavy and if one gets damaged I can look at another.

There are drawbacks with the electronic books - you can't use them on planes during takeoff and landing, you can only read the books on the online list, they are expensive to buy at the start and you can't lend them to other people.

Voted hot for the price.
#11
Cant make my mind up about these. I could see that people who love their gadgets will buy one, but their far too expensive for my tastes. Especially as i buy most of my books from charity shops for a quid each, even the supermarkets are under £4 for bestseller paperbacks.
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First company to produce a dog-eared model with a musty smell and a novelty electronic holiday bookmark are gonna make a killing. :thumbsup:
#13
excellent device. pity you can't reduce the margins to get more text on screen
people who haven't had an ereader don't get this
people who do will never go back to smelly, heavy, space taking paper books again
#14
I would like one of these for reading computer manuals and things that only come on pdf these days. Going to have to drop a lot in price for me though.
#15
I got one at the weekend from Comet. These are great. I had to give loads of books to the charity shop after a move (and new addition to the family). I now have them again on my pc and ready to transfer to my reader.
#16
Monkey nuts 2
I got one at the weekend from Comet. These are great. I had to give loads of books to the charity shop after a move (and new addition to the family). I now have them again on my pc and ready to transfer to my reader.


How do they handle DRM free PDFs and scanned books?
#17
ash.connor
How do they handle DRM free PDFs and scanned books?


I downloaded some written manuals and they are fine. You just need to zoom in to at least level 2 (2x zoom). :)
#18
Great job! I was about to buy the one from Waterstone's but a tenner's a tenner!

Has anyone ever seen the blue version in the UK?
#19
Ordered two days ago, waiting... cashbackings tracked...very good deal at the moment from whsmith.
#20
ghb imo
#21
ehpablo
ghb imo


+1
#22
I would LOVE one of these..I may invest in the near future. The other day I was looking at the kindle though:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0015T963C/?tag=gocous-20&hvadid=4139393477&ref=pd_sl_1a1t9bh4e6_e

It ship's to the UK and has free 3g(forever) for wikipedia and books from the online store. It also has a native PDF reader(the Sony does too), which is an essential!!

That these don't have dictionaries built-in is literally ludicrous! The price of e-books even more so.
#23
got the pink-ish version from comet a few weeks back


fab device - absolutely brill

very easy to read - unlike paperbacks, which can strain your eyes a bit when you're tired, you can increase the font sizt to compensate.


[url]www.baen.com[/url] has a stack of free sci-fi books, and not just classics, some newer stuff on there that the authors have decided to release.



i'm so pleased i got my reader - it's a marvellous device
#24
I'll get one when they're far cheaper... like, when they're £40 and when ebooks sell for half the price of paperbacks, not double!
#25
I don't know, maybe I'm missing the point ... but if you spent 50£ more you can get a Netbook or refurbished laptop. Surely that would be better than a gadget exclusively for books. Size and price wise.

My gf is driving me crazy for one of these but I'll wait till they drop on the 50£+ margin :)
#26
They need to release a standardised format so the books so that they work on everything - not just an itunes special with aac protected
#27
Its a good deal but in my opinion a better one is the elonex 511EB ebook reader for £129 in waterstones.
http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/products/elonex+511eb+-+522+ebook+reader/7364563/
#28
darkblade13
I don't know, maybe I'm missing the point ... but if you spent 50£ more you can get a Netbook or refurbished laptop. Surely that would be better than a gadget exclusively for books. Size and price wise.

My gf is driving me crazy for one of these but I'll wait till they drop on the 50£+ margin :)


Sry to do this man but you are entirely missing the point. The screen is different, it looks like paper, genuinely. It only requires power to change the page - displaying the page takes no power. One charge would last weeks!
It's not a laptop, or netbook alternative.
#29
nicks99
First company to produce a dog-eared model with a musty smell and a novelty electronic holiday bookmark are gonna make a killing. :thumbsup:


Maxell are bringing out their lemon-scented one in early 2010.
#30
I've got one of these, and they're great, the only thing is that since I got my iPhone, I do all my reading on there, it's way more portable, and work's just as well! Still a good price though!
#31
Any electronic e-reader is inferior to a book and a pencil. Don't have to charge it or put it in a case, etc etc. Who's worried about a £5 book getting dog eared and wet on the beach?! However a £100+ device needs looking after.

Also for those thinking of buying one of these for university, this piece of advice. Make sure you look at your course exams up until you leave, i.e 2/3/4 years down the line. A few people from my course purchased a Sony reader to avoid carrying books and this year 3 of the exams are 'open book' but exclude electronic devices hence the textbooks they have electronically need either printing out (if not drm'ed or have the hassle of removing drm) or the textbooks buying in paper.
#32
See if Curry's have any left for £89- it was listed on HUKD a few days before Christmas
#33
I have an iRex iLiad and I love it to bits, so I'm a supporter of ebook readers.

However, I've had a Sony PRS-505 (the one with a 6" screen) and I found the screen too small. The PRS-300 has even a smaller screen than the PRS-505 so my advise is to try it at one of the shops first before you buy to avoid disappointment (i.e. waterstone,...etc).

My iLiad has a beautiful 8" screen but I still need to use the zoom functionality for some books.

To be perfectly clear here, I use mine for reading technical books, mostly PDF files with diagrams, figures, tables and charts,...etc PLUS novels and text books of course. If you just use yours for text book I would say any screen size, within reason, should be fine as long as you can increase the font size.

Heat and rep added for the deal as this is £179+ everywhere.
#34
darkblade13;7356607
I don't know, maybe I'm missing the point ... but if you spent 50£ more you can get a Netbook or refurbished laptop. Surely that would be better than a gadget exclusively for books. Size and price wise.

My gf is driving me crazy for one of these but I'll wait till they drop on the 50£+ margin :)


Get her an ebook reader dude, you can't compare these with laptops as they have different screens.

You can read on eBook readers for hours but try this with a laptop and you'll give up very quickly. I'm talking from experience.
#35
i was considering an ebook reader for my wife for xmas but ended up getting her a pair of GHD hair straighteners.

I've voted hot but but i still feel these need to get to the sub £75 before they really take off
#36
Wolfylee
Sry to do this man but you are entirely missing the point. The screen is different, it looks like paper, genuinely. It only requires power to change the page - displaying the page takes no power. One charge would last weeks!
It's not a laptop, or netbook alternative.


Is the screen not lit in any way then, is the text displayed magically using air or something?
#37
The screen isn't lit at all, long read up if you're bored:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_paper

Without getting into the pros and cons of something like this, £139 is a good deal. It's far more expensive everywhere else, I picked mine up in NY for $190 which seems like a crap deal now.
#38
Dazzla
The screen isn't lit at all, long read up if you're bored:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_paper

Without getting into the pros and cons of something like this, £139 is a good deal. It's far more expensive everywhere else, I picked mine up in NY for $190 which seems like a crap deal now.


Wow, very interesting, thanks for that.
#39
Blasphemous
I have to admit I've never used one of these but I really just don't get it. I mean a book has got to be one of the most portable forms of entertainment going. I know you could have hundreds of books on this thing but who's got time to read that many books before you get back home/the shop/the library to change it for another one?


- you can download hundreds of free out of copywrite books
- if you're going on holiday for a few weeks, its not convienient to take 4 or 5 books in your luggage.
- can also be used to read electronic newspapers/journals/comics etc. all in one solution.

Blasphemous
And a book well.... it's a book isn't it? It's just got a certain something, smell, texture etc that just cannot be replicated with an electronic device.


People said the same about vinyl when CD's came out - actually you still get a few audophiles who say it. But most people don't care about the format or packaging or smell, they just want to hear the music.
#40
darkblade13
I don't know, maybe I'm missing the point ... but if you spent 50£ more you can get a Netbook or refurbished laptop. Surely that would be better than a gadget exclusively for books. Size and price wise.


lol. Thats the same as saying "Why buy an Ipod Touch? You can get a Netbook for same price, which has all the same features and more".

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