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Sony Reader PRS505 £89.97 In store at Currys

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7y, 2d agoFound 7 years, 2 days ago
I had a dig around and could not see it posted already.

I dont know if its any good to anyone but I saw this reader in the Harlow currys this afternoon for £89.97 and thought it was a good deal with £89 off of the original price (It was £178.97). There were a few in the display cabnet.
I am assuming they are selling this model off so it may be available nationwide.

Here is a link for the specs: http://www.sony.co.uk/product/rd-reader-ebook/prs-505
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#1
Hopefully all e-Readers will drop in price. I want to wait of a sub £200 A4 before I commit though.

Voted hot.
#2
Could you post the 6 digit SKU code?
#3
T 90 quid, these seem a decent price. For more than that I'll stick with reading books on my PDA.
#4
This was available in the Sunderland store too yesterday, the one next to PC World and Halfords.
1 Like #5
2 books £7 in Asda, once they've been read, take them charity shop and buy some more.


Don't see point in these.
I can understand ipod and handhled games but these are pretty daft imho
#6
am i right in thinking the pence value represents something within currys/dixons prices? like .97 means clearance or something?
#7
dodgymix
2 books £7 in Asda, once they've been read, take them charity shop and buy some more.


Don't see point in these.
I can understand ipod and handhled games but these are pretty daft imho


Try holding hundreds of books and reports in one hand! These things have a better battery life and much bigger screen for reading on (no scrolling of the screen like an pod either) so your eyes are much less likely to be strained! Plus I'm sure this is a much more environmentally sustainable piece of kit than a few hundred paperbacks!

Just my 2 cents.
#8
dodgymix
2 books £7 in Asda, once they've been read, take them charity shop and buy some more.


Don't see point in these.
I can understand ipod and handhled games but these are pretty daft imho


I agree and what about the cost of ebooks, if Asda/Tesco can sell physical books for £3.50 how can they justify ebook prices costing more when there are no printing, storage and transportation cost. I wouldn't even consider one of these until ebooks cost considerably less than real books.
#9
Yeah, I'm pro-e-reader, too.

Books just aren't any fun to hold (you have to keep the right page, they often require both hands) and it's especially bothersome to read laying on your side (lazy me).

e-readers are also good for making impulse purchases. Especially with ones like Kindle, which are always able to connect to a store, you can buy a book on a whim and be reading it within a minute.

And instead of only taking one or two books with you at a time, you can pretty much have every book you've ever read.
#10
cheshire_boy
am i right in thinking the pence value represents something within currys/dixons prices? like .97 means clearance or something?


Correct. Usually will be display only when at that stage but if they have stock you'd get a brand new one at that price.
#11
stevozka
I agree and what about the cost of ebooks, if Asda/Tesco can sell physical books for £3.50 how can they justify ebook prices costing more when there are no printing, storage and transportation cost. I wouldn't even consider one of these until ebooks cost considerably less than real books.


this type of e-ink based reader is going to cause a major revolution in publishing business. currently only 10 - 15% of the retail price goes to the author. i am sure we are going to see ebooks selling at £1.99 very soon when a platform like iturn has been developed for writers to sell directly.
#12
No way to know if there's any stock, I've still got the other one on reserve for tomorrow. Would probably get this over it but...
#13
dodgymix
2 books £7 in Asda, once they've been read, take them charity shop and buy some more.


Don't see point in these.
I can understand ipod and handhled games but these are pretty daft imho


That's because we're still a couple of years away from them realising their potential. Basically at the moment the publishers are being stupid and charging ridiculous rates for ebooks. That WILL change at some point (because, simply put, the mass market won't stand those prices). Once ebooks come down to a reasonable price, a couple of quid each for example, then they start to become a lot more attractive. At the same time libraries are starting to come on board and the idea of renting books over the net is another very attractive one, especially as there should be little need to restrict the library to a single copy of a given book.

As for the attraction of ebooks, someone mentioned the way you can carry hundreds of books on a single device. Take that further - think of the space savings in your home if you don't have to store those hundreds of books. You don't have to pick and choose which books to take away with you and, in theory anyway, providing you have a data connection you can always get something new very easily based on what you want, not what the airport bookshop happens to have in stock. Plus you should (in theory) be able to easily share books between readers... handy if for example you've got a couple of kids and the latest Harry Potter (or whatever the most recent craze is... twilight?) comes out. Buy one copy, put it on two or three devices.

Problem is the readers are just too expensive at the moment. Realisticly they need to follow the DVD model - around the £100 mark you'll start getting some interest, £50 and you'll get the mass market to pay attention, £20 for a no-frills model and it starts to become a must-have item.
banned#14
dodgymix
Don't see point in these.
I can understand ipod and handhled games but these are pretty daft imho


I'm doing a Master course at Uni. Much of the stuff I read is only available in electronic format as our library doesn't buy paper versions of periodicals and journals. One of these devices would be ideal for use on public transport or in class, instead of lugging around a laptop or multiple printouts.
#15
wessie
I'm doing a Master course at Uni. Much of the stuff I read is only available in electronic format as our library doesn't buy paper versions of periodicals and journals. One of these devices would be ideal for use on public transport or in class, instead of lugging around a laptop or multiple printouts.


Me too! MEng all the way ;) Although I personally find that a netbook is invaluable as you can surf the web, check email, look at presentations and edit documents/do work whereas with an ebook reader you can only read.
#16
I bought a red prs-505 at john lewis a year ago, it's great for the occasional reading. Also worth considering is the Amazon Kindle- much more expensive, but you can purchase books on-the-go from their store, rather than buying them via PC/Mac and then transferring it over to your Reader.

Edit: Forgot to mention that native pdf support isn't that impressive- it's ok for text documents, but anything image heavy gets processed very slowly.
#17
l weasy l
Try holding hundreds of books and reports in one hand! These things have a better battery life and much bigger screen for reading on (no scrolling of the screen like an pod either) so your eyes are much less likely to be strained! Plus I'm sure this is a much more environmentally sustainable piece of kit than a few hundred paperbacks!

Just my 2 cents.


Like the previous poster i can't generally see the point either I'm afraid - I can for anything that needs to be updated, manuals textbooks etc, but not you're average paperback. There's no way this is more environmentally friendly either, consider; production, power consumption and longevity. Also consider breakdown and cost of replacement. If you were a very cynical person, as i am, you'd think the reason publishers are salivating over this is that the 'software' can be DRMed up to the hilt - this is an increasing and unhealthy trend IMHO - the theory is that eventually you will not own the 'book' but effectively 'lease' it.

If I buy a paperpack I own it, i can lend it and re-sell it if the mood takes me. It's none of anyone else's business what I do with my property after i've purchased it from a retailer and that's what the publishing world is seeking to remove.
#18
The Barnes & Noble 'Nook' looks interesting. It has a e-ink screen for reading and a smaller full colour LCD at the base for browsing the library and online store.

It also offers a feature where you can lend your books out to friends.

Shame, it has no date or mention of a UK release... yet.
#19
As an avid reader, lots of people have asked me if I'm getting a Kindle type thing but it just leaves me cold. I think I find the tactility of a book an essential part of the experience. My son is even worse as he has to smell the book before he reads it - now if only they could get a scent producing reader then they'd have a convert I imagine.

Fair play to those that love them - if you like e-books then the benefits are clearly huge for this sort of technology but, unlike mp3 players and iPods, I doubt it will achieve mass market penetration.
#20
wearewolves
As an avid reader, lots of people have asked me if I'm getting a Kindle type thing but it just leaves me cold. I think I find the tactility of a book an essential part of the experience. My son is even worse as he has to smell the book before he reads it - now if only they could get a scent producing reader then they'd have a convert I imagine.

Fair play to those that love them - if you like e-books then the benefits are clearly huge for this sort of technology but, unlike mp3 players and iPods, I doubt it will achieve mass market penetration.


I have feeling they will one day be the main source of reading material, as the guy above said nearly all of Uni's now publish journals etc online and i always end up reading about 60% of research material off of the computer if these where £20-30 quid and the e-books where priced to reflect the fact they are electronic material i would go and get one.

Until then I'll stick to books i'm always pleased not to be looking at an LCD display anyway swear the screens are doing funny things to my eyes :thinking:
6 Likes #21
i work in currys and i thought id list the stores that have them in stock

crayford
chelmsford
tunbridge wells
fulham
harlow
orpington
beckton
east ham
colliers wood
hove
croydon
weybridge
worthing
brixton
richmond
tottenham luton

all the above stores have only 1
but the pc world in milton keyns has 3 in stock.
hope this helps some 1
#22
I FEEL ebooks are definately going to become more widely used... its the content that counts not the physical exterior it may come in!!!

Although... when i can afford it (after uni most likely) any books which I feel hold importance to me in my life..i would like to have a book case with a hard back collection of those books in.. could be a good conversation piece!!!
#23
Voted Hot!!!
#24
Whilst this is a better deal than normal price, I still think these are way overpriced for what you get. If they had a full colour screen and a web browser then I'd be more inclined to like them. Until then, I'll just grab a book off the shelf!
#25
all pc world ones in mk gone bet they making there way to ebay as we speak :-(

i really hoping santa brings me one of these for xmas was a great price
#26
Thank You
#27
saadz2k5
I FEEL ebooks are definately going to become more widely used... its the content that counts not the physical exterior it may come in!!!

Although... when i can afford it (after uni most likely) any books which I feel hold importance to me in my life..i would like to have a book case with a hard back collection of those books in.. could be a good conversation piece!!!


We have two massive books with Hitler down the spine on the shelf in the living room always a good conversation starter! (my GF is a uni lecturer in history) still always good to see the looks on people faces when they clock them :whistling:
#28
although I love the feel and look of books I can't take a library on holiday with me.OK I need a real book for the beach but for the balcony of my hotel room and the plane... I'd also like to have more space in my home! So I would get one if I could find one.
#29
okay - i'm a bit biased cos i just bought the prs300 that went hot earlier, but if what msaleh above says is true, then there are 20 or less of these in the country at this price


i'm not voting h or c but come on lads and lasses, that's spreading these bargains a bit too thin on the ground yes?
#30
Get a Pda its Cheaper and in colour!
#31
Great deal! Although I think I would still prefer the Amazon Kindle with wireless and e-newspapers.
#32
QUOTE=buzzard;7122349]although I love the feel and look of books I can't take a library on holiday with me.[/QUOTE]


Why would anyone need more than a couple of books on holiday?

Personally I start a book and then finish it. I don't think "ill read a page in each of my 160 books...

Why would you need 160 books or whatever it is

it would take months of solid graft to read this many
#33
dodgymix;7122938
QUOTE=buzzard]
Why would anyone need more than a couple of books on holiday?

Personally I start a book and then finish it. I don't think "ill read a page in each of my 160 books...

Why would you need 160 books or whatever it is

it would take months of solid graft to read this many


The same can be said of Ipods why do i need to carry 40,000 tracks around with me, not going to listen to them all in one sitting.
#34
excellent price. heat added
#35
Although I have an iRex iLiad and have no need for this, it's a bargain at this price.
Heat and rep added, thanks very much for sharing.
#36
dodgymix
2 books £7 in Asda, once they've been read, take them charity shop and buy some more.


Don't see point in these.
I can understand ipod and handhled games but these are pretty daft imho


Good argument well put! :roll:

If you are an avid reader these are fab. The screens are completely different from an LCD (They use real ink), the device is super light and thin, battery lasts for weeks and if one can be found for £90 an absolute bargain.
#37
BalSci
Get a Pda its Cheaper and in colour!


With a tiny screen, nicely backlit for eyestrain and rubbish in sunlight. A PDA or netbook is fine, read in colour for a few hours before the battery dies and obviously they do a lot more besides. However, for the best electronic device for reading novels, i.e. lots and lots of black and white text, there is NO better experience, apart from paper, and having travelled a lot by tube in rush hour and other public transport recently, this is far easier to carry and hold than a book in those situations.
#38
Msaleh
i work in currys and i thought id list the stores that have them in stock

crayford
chelmsford
tunbridge wells
fulham
harlow
orpington
beckton
east ham
colliers wood
hove
croydon
weybridge
worthing
brixton
richmond
tottenham luton

all the above stores have only 1
but the pc world in milton keyns has 3 in stock.
hope this helps some 1


Oh well, you just saved me a trip down my local Curry's. Thanks a lot for that, I wish we could have stocks available for each hot deal! Here's some rep' for the effort and for thinking about us all. Oh and some heat for the OP!
#39
rrp over priced me fink
1 Like #40
Read about 40 books on mine so far, plus I use it for documents in meetings.
Very handy for the latter, as if I'm in a very long meeting, I can have a document open, flick through it, bookmark areas and not have to worry about battery life at all, as it's mainly based on page turns, not how long the device is on, and it fits in my pocket.

For books, last time I went on holiday, I took 4 books with me, bought 3 more on holiday (and it took me ages to find 3 books I wanted), and carried them home with me (I refuse to throw a book away) - OK, some people might not read that many books in a week, but I certainly can - The Lost Symbol took me under a day.
Now, I can carry a large selection of books with me - OK I may not read them all before I'm next at a PC, but I can pick and choose depending on my mood, and my library is now going onto SD cards, rather than having to put up more shelves.

The other thing that's great, is that I can zoom for larger text in poor light, or in a moving vehicle etc, where it's a touch harder to read.

I know I could use a PC, PDA, Phone, I've tried them all and none work that well, battery life sucks, and it's not as good on the eyes as e-ink.

If you read a lot, get one.

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