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Sony PRS-505S E-Book Reader £169.99 @ Argos

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Cheapest Sony Ebook Reader I can find - £10 cheaper then the next cheapest, which I bought last week :(
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#1
Are these much good, fellow HUKDers? Am tempted to wait for a colour version of the Amazon Kindle DX to appear, in the UK and at a sensible-ish price (I realise that I may wait some time for each of these three things to happen!).
banned#2
Didn't know much about these but Trusted Reviews gives it a glowing review

Cnet are a little more critical in their review but still overall positive.
banned#3
why would anyone want to read a book on a computer screen?
That's so wrong!
#4
Mascherano
why would anyone want to read a book on a computer screen?
That's so wrong!


Good reasons why a book is better than the Sony PRS-505S E-Book Reader :

Books don't crash.
You can read a book anywhere without worrying its going to get nicked.
If you spill coffee on a book it's not disastrous.
You don't have to wait for books to be uploaded/ downloaded.
Books don't give you headaches from flickering screens.
Books don't have wires.
Books fit easily into pockets and handbags of many sizes.
You don't need a password to read a book.
You have no problems with bookmarks.
It's much easier to see what's on a bookshelf than inside the Sony.

Not voting hot or cold.
#5
here here!
#6
Save the trees! ;)
#7
stemcell
Good reasons why a book is better than the Sony PRS-505S E-Book Reader :

Books don't crash.
You can read a book anywhere without worrying its going to get nicked.
If you spill coffee on a book it's not disastrous.
You don't have to wait for books to be uploaded/ downloaded.
Books don't give you headaches from flickering screens.
Books don't have wires.
Books fit easily into pockets and handbags of many sizes.
You don't need a password to read a book.
You have no problems with bookmarks.
It's much easier to see what's on a bookshelf than inside the Sony.

Not voting hot or cold.


Some good points here... however..

This screen dosn't flicker and it's designed to look like a real page, you don't need wires while reading, it fits easily in your pockets, it bookmarks your page and it saves much storage if your a big reader like me!

I don't think I'd ever stop reading paper books but this device is fantastic for taking away with you so you have a few books to read. It's also great for
#8
been after one for ages. finally took the plunge. thanks op
#9
stemcell
Good reasons why a book is better than the Sony PRS-505S E-Book Reader :

Books don't crash. - Nor does this device
You can read a book anywhere without worrying its going to get nicked. same can be said for many other technologies but we still use them
If you spill coffee on a book it's not disastrous.
You don't have to wait for books to be uploaded/ downloaded.
Books don't give you headaches from flickering screens. - nor does this
Books don't have wires. this device only needs it for charging
Books fit easily into pockets and handbags of many sizes. - I'd like to see you fit several thousand books into your pocket or handbag, I'm currently away on holiday and as usual have taken around six books of around 400 pages each (36 hours of travelling each way) so this ebook reader would have been far, far smaller
You don't need a password to read a book. So what
You have no problems with bookmarks. That's a pro for the e-book reader as it can't randomly drop its bookmarks on the floor just as you open it
It's much easier to see what's on a bookshelf than inside the Sony. I'd say it's easier on the Sony as it does all the organising for you

Not voting hot or cold.


I really fancy one of these at the moment and looked at them seriously before going away as I've got a fair few books with me which take up quite a bit of space. For those that use the Sony reader, where do you get your books from and what filetypes do you use? Apparently there is an emulator out there to let you try out the different formats but I've not got around to trying it yet.

John
#10
Have the people who are against this reader actually seen or used one? Judging by your comments I think not.

This doesnt use the same type of screen as a computer so there is no flicker. its a static screen and only refreshes on a page change. Its smaller than the average paperback so easily fits into anywhere a standard book would.

As for upload / download times, last time I checked, it was a lot quicker to download a book then get one delivered. I was going away for a few weeks and downloaded a couple of books the night before I left.

This is not a criticism of this device but then only downside I have is the price of the e-books themselves. Some are well priced, for example the lord of the rings books are about £3 each. however I cannot understand how it sometimes costs more to download an electronic copy than to produce a paperback or hardback. Surely these days authors produce electronic copies, once its been converted and signed (so you cannot just pass this around once bought) then thats it, 100% profit? I saw a book that was £6 paperback and £16 ebook!
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stemcell
Good reasons why a book is better than the Sony PRS-505S E-Book Reader :

Books don't crash.
You can read a book anywhere without worrying its going to get nicked.
If you spill coffee on a book it's not disastrous.
You don't have to wait for books to be uploaded/ downloaded.
Books don't give you headaches from flickering screens.
Books don't have wires.
Books fit easily into pockets and handbags of many sizes.
You don't need a password to read a book.
You have no problems with bookmarks.
It's much easier to see what's on a bookshelf than inside the Sony.

Not voting hot or cold.


Also known as the 'why manual textile looms are superior to mechanical ones...' arguement :p

If you are somewhere where someone would mug you for an ebook reader, best get ya head outta ya book and your hand on your wallet.

No flicker nor backlight, at least do your research.

No leads, the charge is good for 6500 page turns! (at least do your research).

Easy to see on a book shelf? The Sony has the ability to organise and sort the collection in a number of ways. Can you instantly sort your bookshelves in a second? In fact you don't need a shelf! More space!

Bookmarks, hmm. Those things that fall out of books? or the dog-earing of the pages? The ebook reader will open at the page you left it at, no bookmarks, no fuss. (getting bored of saying it now but at least do your research).

1 book fits easily into a pocket or handbag, so does an ebook reader and that holds 100s, what was your point here exactly?? And an ebook reader is thinner than all but a pamphlet-sized book.

You don't need a password to read an ebook (remember the thing about doing research?)

You don't have to wait for books to be uploaded/ downloaded. Hmmmm Correct! you have to wait for the traffic (or the walk) on your way to the bookshop, and back again. That is of course presuming they haven't run out, and that you are in a country that speaks the same languague as you. An ebook... it probably takes as long to take the book out of the bag and peel off the '3for2' sticker as it does to download the book and transfer it to the reader.

I will however conceed the crashing point (although I have had mis-printed books in the past where content was missing/obscured/illegible does that count as a crash?). Oh and the thing about the coffee, which is a point albeit a trivial one.

What about the bonuses?
[LIST]
[*]How many trees get cut down to issue 1 million ebook copies of the latest children's wizard story (or obviously adult wizard story if you change the cover ;-) )?
[*]Long trip? Nearly at the end of one book so need the next book with you? Not a problem with an ebook reader, take all the books you have waiting to read with you, no extra bulk or weight!
[*]Ebooks are cheaper and don't use poluting lorries to distribute them.
[*]How many books get read once and then placed on a shelf?
[*]How many out of copyright books are there available, for FREE to go on your shiny new ebook reader? 11,000? How many of those do Waterstones give away free? (yes I know about libraries, you don't own the book and are on a time limit, besides libraries prefer hard backs which make an ebook reader look like a credit card! and there are no fines with an ebook)
[/LIST]

For the record, I don't own one but I read a lot of books and will invest in one soon!
#12
Waiting on the DX or Hanlin A4 whenever that comes out.

You can also print online newspaper articles to PDF and read them too.

The only gripe I have is sometimes it's good to have multiple books open simultaneously which is possible with a single reader. Maybe they'll make one with two pages in the future.
#13
Disadvantages:

This has quite small pages, ie a small screen.
It's a lot less robust than a book
You can't borrow ebooks from a library for nothing.
banned#14
The main disadvantage is that books are nice to use, while this thing is bloody awful.
#15
£99 by Christmas :santa:
#16
iwannamotorbike
£99 by Christmas :santa:


I hope so. The more people who buy readers, the cheaper the books will come.
banned#17
cgcrute;5546467
Also known as the 'why manual textile looms are superior to mechanical ones...' arguement :p

If you are somewhere where someone would mug you for an ebook reader, best get ya head outta ya book and your hand on your wallet.

No flicker nor backlight, at least do your research.

No leads, the charge is good for 6500 page turns! (at least do your research).

Easy to see on a book shelf? The Sony has the ability to organise and sort the collection in a number of ways. Can you instantly sort your bookshelves in a second? In fact you don't need a shelf! More space!

Bookmarks, hmm. Those things that fall out of books? or the dog-earing of the pages? The ebook reader will open at the page you left it at, no bookmarks, no fuss. (getting bored of saying it now but at least do your research).

1 book fits easily into a pocket or handbag, so does an ebook reader and that holds 100s, what was your point here exactly?? And an ebook reader is thinner than all but a pamphlet-sized book.

You don't need a password to read an ebook (remember the thing about doing research?)

You don't have to wait for books to be uploaded/ downloaded. Hmmmm Correct! you have to wait for the traffic (or the walk) on your way to the bookshop, and back again. That is of course presuming they haven't run out, and that you are in a country that speaks the same languague as you. An ebook... it probably takes as long to take the book out of the bag and peel off the '3for2' sticker as it does to download the book and transfer it to the reader.

I will however conceed the crashing point (although I have had mis-printed books in the past where content was missing/obscured/illegible does that count as a crash?). Oh and the thing about the coffee, which is a point albeit a trivial one.

What about the bonuses? [LIST]
[*]How many trees get cut down to issue 1 million ebook copies of the latest children's wizard story (or obviously adult wizard story if you change the cover ;-) )?
[*]Long trip? Nearly at the end of one book so need the next book with you? Not a problem with an ebook reader, take all the books you have waiting to read with you, no extra bulk or weight!
[*]Ebooks are cheaper and don't use poluting lorries to distribute them.
[*]How many books get read once and then placed on a shelf?
[*]How many out of copyright books are there available, for FREE to go on your shiny new ebook reader? 11,000? How many of those do Waterstones give away free? (yes I know about libraries, you don't own the book and are on a time limit, besides libraries prefer hard backs which make an ebook reader look like a credit card! and there are no fines with an ebook)[/LIST]
For the record, I don't own one but I read a lot of books and will invest in one soon!

top post. I'd love to see stemcell try and carry 100 books with them lol
banned#18
Mascherano;5547258
The main disadvantage is that books are nice to use, while this thing is bloody awful.

I take it you have never used one then judging by that comment :whistling:
#19
GDB2222
You can't borrow ebooks from a library for nothing.


Project Gutenberg has over 100,000 free ebooks to download, not on loan, no time limit, and all from the comfort of your home, or anywhere with a laptop and wifi/3G.
#20
Mascherano
The main disadvantage is that books are nice to use, while this thing is bloody awful.


I would disagree, we are simply used to dealing with their issues, I read a lot of books and I find they can be a pain. Hard Backs are too heavy and cumbersome to handle for long reading sessions, I hate the way paper backs try to close on you the whole time. I'm reading an omnibus paperback at the moment and I find my self physically wrestling with it to keep the pages open and readable and I cannot get a comfortable grip on it due to it's depth. None of this would be an issue with the ereader (I presume it was this one) that I played with in Waterstones the other week.

I wonder if similar arguements occured when Gutenberg first produced his press?
#21
I love the idea of these, and have had a play with one in Waterstones and they look and feel great. BUT my reservations are:
If I lose a £5 book its no great deal, but leave this on a train and it is a big deal.
Books I like to read are either not available or are full price and expensive.
Not sure about the file types this will handle some of the stuff I would like to keep on here are manuals in pdf format or chm format anyone seen it handle these with embedded graphics?
#22
This is not just a store for books for which it is great, I recieved mine on Thursday I have deleted the free books and excerpts that come with it and added four that I will read. It can also be used to store other documents, I had a meeting on Thursdat afternoon which involved a lot of paper information. I had received them via email so instaed of printiong them off I converted them to pdf and loaded them onto the reader, so I sat at the meeting with one reader instead of a pile of paper.

Also in three weeks time I am taking 44 students to Paris instaed of having to flick back and forward through thr guide book as we tour through the city I have taken the info. that I need from the guide book and loaded it onto the reader again as a PDF file.

Think outside the box and this is very useful.
banned#23
Wonder how many books you'd have to read to make this pay??
#24
stemcell
Good reasons why a book is better than the Sony PRS-505S E-Book Reader :

Books don't crash.
You can read a book anywhere without worrying its going to get nicked.
If you spill coffee on a book it's not disastrous.
You don't have to wait for books to be uploaded/ downloaded.
Books don't give you headaches from flickering screens.
Books don't have wires.
Books fit easily into pockets and handbags of many sizes.
You don't need a password to read a book.
You have no problems with bookmarks.
It's much easier to see what's on a bookshelf than inside the Sony.

Not voting hot or cold.


It would be nice to know if you researched the product before criticising like this?

This does not have a flickering screen, it uses a special technology that makes it akin to the eye strain you get from reading an actual book.
#25
Are these easy to read in bright sunlight?
#26
Fantastic deal. I bought this for just under £200 before Xmas last year but since then it has went up in price and was going for £225 in most places so this is a great price.

As regards the unit itself, it is superb. It looks very stylish and is very easy to read upon. The e-ink screen is not like a typical computer screen as it is based on a completely different technology and is extremely close to reading regular paper, albeit with a slightly glossy covering. It is also very easy/natural to navigate your book collection and turn pages which helps you forget you are even using a computer type device.

The included Sony software is a bit of a pain so just install 'Calibre' instead - http://calibre.kovidgoyal.net/ - which is freeware eBook library software. You can convert between various formats and easily upload onto the Sony Reader. Various tools exist to remove DRM restrictions on other formats, allowing transfer to the Sony (I have a bunch of MS Reader .lit files which I used to read on my PDA transferred to Sony format).


I would recommend this to anyone with an interest in reading, it truly is the 'iPod for books'.
banned#27
frible
Not sure about the file types this will handle some of the stuff I would like to keep on here are manuals in pdf format or chm format anyone seen it handle these with embedded graphics?


From the CNet link posted earlier:
"The Reader is capable of displaying Text, RTF, Word (they get converted to RTF files as they're imported to the Reader), and BBeB Book files, as well as PDF files. There are caveats, however: You can increase the font size of Word documents, but PDFs are scaled to fit the screen and can't be zoomed, so they're unlikely to display properly. PDFs also take several seconds to load (as they often do on a computer)."

Don't know if it can handle chm, I expect you'd have to do some sort of conversion. It might be worth having a look on download.com or tucows to see if there is a free pdf converter (pdf to RTF maybe) given the limitations of displaying pdfs. Also it occurs to me that if you need colour pictures e.g. in a textbook or document using colour graphs and charts then the monochrome display would be a real drawback.

[EDIT] I've just seen GreatBallsofFire's post; the 'Calibre' software will convert pdfs (but see here RE images/tables). chm is IIRC compressed HTML and 'Calibre' can handle HTML conversion though if you'll need to convert from chm to html first is not clear.
#28
mattress
Are these easy to read in bright sunlight?


Yes. The e-Ink technology relies on reflected light, just like paper - so they look great in a bright light.

There is a slight glossy protective covering to the screen which can reflect a light source depending on angle but is easily overcome by tilting the display slightly if it happens.
#29
I personally would say the main disadvantage of this is that its 170 quid! Its a nice product, but thats still a lot of money to spend on what is essentially a downgraded pda. I'll consider it when the price drops....a lot.
#30
These are just too expensive!

If a device this size would also be used as a web browser then it'd be worth it. Until it can, I'll stick with my Netbook for online and a paperback novel.
banned#31
Mr Product;5549840
Wonder how many books you'd have to read to make this pay??


mattress;5549882
Are these easy to read in bright sunlight?


KFR42;5549917
I personally would say the main disadvantage of this is that its 170 quid! Its a nice product, but thats still a lot of money to spend on what is essentially a downgraded pda. I'll consider it when the price drops....a lot.

depends how many books you read. about 20 books would cover the cost of this and e-books are free :-D
#32
I absolutely love my reader. I was given it for a suprise christmas present and have used it avidly ever since. It was a real boon on a recent holiday not to have to fill my case with books and also with a SD card in the reader I took several thousand books with me to choose from. I really enjoyed having the choice rather than having to make do. I used my son's psp charger to charge the reader as I didn't take a laptop on holiday although you can buy 3 pin electric leads for it. I find one charge lasts me about a week - I read a lot, 13 books on my recent holiday. I did buy a plastic case for it from ebay to protect it from the sand in case I dropped it. I download books from many sources and am not sure I will actually live long enough to read all the books i have managed to download :-D I would recommend the reader to anyone who is unsure about buying one, you really do become used to using it. It helps a lot that there is a page turner at the bottom and another on the side so it works well one handed in which ever hand you choose to use.
#33
csiman
depends how many books you read. about 20 books would cover the cost of this and e-books are free :-D


Not all ebooks are free, unless you steal them. Plus I buy most books second hand, so thats about 60 books, which at my speed is lifetimes supply!

I still like the iodea of the device, but its still far too pricy for what it is.
#34
Mascherano
why would anyone want to read a book on a computer screen?
That's so wrong!


I started doing it on a Psion 3 series over a decade ago (resizeable text, backlit in darker environments, scrolling text so you don't need to turn pages and no wasted trees). Nothing else seems to be as handy as the old Psion though and multimedia is so prevalent now. I can watch TV progs & films or listen to audiobooks on my Touch wouldn't think of reading a book on it.
#35
I have the cybook e-reader.. http://www.bookeen.com/ebook/ebook-reading-device.aspx
which as a reader, I have found it to be an excellent device. I have about 500 ebooks on it at the minute. I find it easy to d/l and install books (and covers) onto the device using mobipocket reader and creater.
Baggage allowance on flights usually dictates i only take a few books on holiday etc,this device solves that problem.

Shelves at home creaking with years of book buying, this now not a problem.

Only problem is i don't read from it in the bath, and resort to 'proper' book.

I recommend an e book reader to anyone who is considering one, you will be pleasantly surprised how quickly it becomes an essential in your life as opposed to a 'gadget'.
#36
my personal preference is a cheapo archos seven, but these are ok for the techie people out there
if all they wanna do is look good on wall street.. I would wait until they come down a little cheaper myself..
#37
The thing that differentiates this devise from a PDA or small netbook is the e-ink display. Do not criticise this device until you get down to Waterstones and see one in the flesh! It is seriously like looking at regular paper, completely revolutionary.

That said, I won;t buy one until they're under £100, and more importantly until a standard format has been decided for ebooks.
#38
how many people in a lifetime read a thousand books, believe me I must have but it probably 1 in a thousand people if that....lol.. some peoples quotes and reviews on here cheer up my day...

anyways I had one and sold it as I just thought at that price why not get a ebook or small laptop instead...

happy reading whatever you decide...
#39
r401caw
here here!


Fail
#40
I bought one of these six months ago or so, mainly because I have far too many books and wanted to find a way to save more space. Plus, if you go away, one of these babies can contain enough to read for a year :)

As for reading on it - a bit weird at first, but after a bit you do stop thinking about the device and focus on the content, and really can 'lose yourself in a book'.

Pains? Some of the stuff I've downloaded is formatted really badly, which makes reading hard. Most eBooks come with Americanised spelling which p*sses me off. And, as a Mac user, you have to drag'n'drop files onto the device rather than use the bundled library software, which can make things messy.

Overall, I'd give it a B+. But at this price, go for it!

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