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Sony E-Reader PRS-505/SC Reader Digital Book (Silver) - £189-99 delivered @ Play.com
Sony E-Reader PRS-505/SC Reader Digital Book (Silver) - £189-99 delivered @ Play.com

Sony E-Reader PRS-505/SC Reader Digital Book (Silver) - £189-99 delivered @ Play.com

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This is my very first post, so if I get it wrong please be nice. I have been searching for a deal on these for a few months now and finally took the plunge because of the drop in VAT today.

I have searched everywhere and the nearest price I can see is £199-99 at Waterstones. I hope this helps someone in their Christmas shopping.

Don't forget Quidco.

Description:

Experience the joy of reading a variety of your favorite books-all stored digitally in one compact device. The slimmer, redesigned Reader Digital Book lets you carry a stack of books in one hand.

The Reader Digital Book holds about 160 eBooks or hundreds more with optional removable memory cards. Its portable size makes it the perfect travel companion, allowing you to read a variety of books whenever and wherever you want. Its long battery life lasts up to 7,500 continuous page turns, and the amazing paper-like screen technology is easy on the eyes.

Ultra Portable
The Reader Digital Book offers a unique, on-the-go reading experience and is the perfect travel companion. With a compact and lightweight design, you can take it almost anywhere and read your books whenever and wherever you want. More compact than many paperbacks, it weighs about 9 ounces (without cover), is 1/3" thin, and holds up to 160 eBooks. You can easily hold it in one hand, and with its rechargeable battery, you can turn up to 7,500 continuous pages on a single charge.

Impressive, Paper-Like Display
The Reader Digital Book provides a new way to experience reading. It boasts an impressive 6-inch display, utilizing breakthrough E Ink technology that's almost paper-like, making it easy to read, even in bright sunshine. In addition, the screen allows for high contrast and high resolution, with a near 180º viewing angle. The text can also be magnified for sight-impaired readers.

Content Storage Capability
With a compact and lightweight design you can take the Reader Digital Book almost anywhere. And with plenty of internal memory, and a slot for optional removable memory cards, you can take hundreds of titles, user-selected Web content, or other supported documents for reading on the go. It will hold approximately 160 averaged sized eBooks in internal memory and hundreds more with optional removable memory cards.

Multiple eBook Titles Available
The Reader Digital Book allows you to search, browse, discover, and buy thousands of new releases, classics and popular eBook titles from the Integrated eBook Store and other participating websites. You can even go to other sites that have unsecured eBooks in file formats that the Reader supports. This translates into an incredible amount of content suitable for the Reader.

More Than eBooks
The Reader Digital Book isn't just about reading eBooks. Using the included eBook Library 2.0 PC Software, you can easily transfer Adobe PDF documents, Microsoft Word documents, BBeB Book, and other text file formats to the Reader, allowing you the flexibility to access and view multiple files at any time.

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Nice but very pricy. I can do the same thing on my PDA, bar the fancy paper like display.
I'd buy it, but at no more than £99

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oneeyedvic;3625311

http://www.lambda-tek.com/componentshop/index.pl?origin=gbase1.3&prodID=B147036£158.39 inc VAT but not in stock until 17th December. Lamdatek have good reviews here: http://www.reviewcentre.com/reviews188398.html



Thanks for that Oneeyedvic. :thumbsup:

I have to say though, that the 17th December is a wee bit close to Christmas if (as I was) you are ordering the Reader as a Christmas present. Good price if you can wait though.

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Scribbles, I thought the same about PDAs etc until I went to Waterstones and had a look at the device "in the flesh" so to speak. As the display is not backlit, it really does look like paper and is easier on the eyes.

I agree with you on the price but there is a certain Someone who really wants one of these, so needs must etc. :roll:

Oh, no doubt. If I had £190 burning a hole in my pocket then i'd snap up a gadget like this. But who has?
It does have the 'x-factor' though

you can get a gorgeous limited edition red one from john lewis at the price of £194 - if you know someone who works there like I did you can get a 12% staff discount (I paid £175 which was discounted from £199 but would now be discounted to £170 or so)

johnlewis.com/230…spx

So £4.01 less than John Lewis, Sorry cold for me.

Does anyone know the difference between the S and SC?

AJ Electronics has the 505S for £175 and its free delivery.

ajelectronics.co.uk/Vie…983

I would love one of these but cannot afford it at the moment, may in the January sales

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Geemac;3626663

So £4.01 less than John Lewis, Sorry cold for me.



£4-01 would buy most of your first eBook. :thumbsup:

dink;3629119

£4-01 would buy most of your first eBook. :thumbsup:



Yes, but I want the red one. still not @ this price:whistling:

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Geemac;3626663

So £4.01 less than John Lewis, Sorry cold for me.


how can you vote it cold cos you found it more expensive elsewhere? :whistling:

csiman;3631276

how can you vote it cold cos you found it more expensive elsewhere? … how can you vote it cold cos you found it more expensive elsewhere? :whistling:



Overall saving of £4.01 on a £195.00 item is NOT a hot deal in MY opinion:p

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Geemac;3631257

Yes, but I want the red one. still not @ this price:whistling:



Blimey! As I understand it, HUKDs is about finding hot deals - not about personal preference! :?

I have seen posts for things I personally had no interest in but voted them hot because they were good value for folks who did want them.

I think you would have been more fair if you had not voted at all, rather than vote my first deal cold. :roll:

dink;3633758

Blimey! As I understand it, HUKDs is about finding hot deals - not about … Blimey! As I understand it, HUKDs is about finding hot deals - not about personal preference! :?I have seen posts for things I personally had no interest in but voted them hot because they were good value for folks who did want them.I think you would have been more fair if you had not voted at all, rather than vote my first deal cold. :roll:



Sorry didn’t know this was your first deal:oops: but still it’s ONLY £10.00 off the RRP and £4.01 cheaper than the next in stock price and £31.60 more than Lambda-tek.com, although to be fair not in stock there at the moment. I don’t think I’ve been unfair at all. This is not a hot deal

Oh and I am very interested in one of these, I wouldn’t have looked otherwise

I want one of these! I have so many ebooks in pdf format which just wont get read on my PC.

I also think its very futuristic and that these are going to be in every house in 10-20 years time. Unfortunately, I wont pay £190. Theyre only $250 ]Look Here in america and they were that price when the £ was worth $2. Typical british overpricedness....

Having said that still voting hot, with 4% quidco and using 5% varsity card discount (everyone who shops at play should buy a varsity card, just for the 5% discount) makes a good deal.

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centaurandrew;3635338

I also think its very futuristic and that these are going to be in every … I also think its very futuristic and that these are going to be in every house in 10-20 years time. Unfortunately, I wont pay £190.



Possibly the cheapest option is to buy the books in paper format for now, then in six months / one years time buy the digital reader, once they are a more reasonable price.

It's around £182 (inc VAT) ast Costco. Still a good find though.

£167 at Sony Shop @ Heathrow or Dixons at any aiport/Eurotunnel. New model with touch screen is out in the States as well.

V.good for reading pdf manuals IMO, books are STUPID expensive, much more than equivelant paper version which is MAD as no trees died and no middlemen to pay!

Have a look at Calibre software, free to use and very useful.

I know this won't apply to the many well-read intellectuals on the hotdeals forum, but I think that bearing in mind the low level of reading among the general population, a lot of people will find these gadgets - the Sony and the amazon kindle - desirable and then... they'll think about how many books they read a month... and how many times they buy books...how many armfuls they pick up in waterstones... and they'll realise that being able to carry 100+ books around in a beautiful device like this is not an ability they've missed having...
which is a shame, but... that's the way it is... most people don't read enough any more - they watch movies and that's about it.

Voted hot, but still out my price range,

This is bonkers, you can do the same with a PDA except you would get sat nav and portable gaming for the same price. Can;t see the point in this.

These things are genious, my partner has one.

They are not like a PDA in any form, they last for hundreds of hours on a single charge, try doing that on your pda. Good price although paid £199 for ours and got £7 in points at waterstones.

I would never pay that much for such an item. However i believe that is my personal preference and doesn't reflect how good or bad a deal it is.

Seen as it is cheaper than anywhere else then i voted it hot, as its cheaper than elsewhere.

With regards to lambda tek they are good at delivering things they have ins tick, but do not rely on their stock system for when things will come into stock, it has serious problems.

BeerGoggles;3635714

This is bonkers, you can do the same with a PDA except you would get sat … This is bonkers, you can do the same with a PDA except you would get sat nav and portable gaming for the same price. Can;t see the point in this.



Ever tried reading your pda/laptop in bright sunlight? Thats the big advantage with this book reader.

I have one of the earlier versions of this (PRS500) which I imported on release from the US for £280 and whilst good its not perfect.

The Sony units are too limited there are better devices (which ill upgrade too one day).

As for using a PDA instead I used to think that till I got one of these, the battery life alone is stunning (7000 page turns or a couple of months) as it is NOT using ANY power when its just showing a page.. it only uses power when you turn a page. Its also got much better contrast and is just like reading a book.. its a VERY nice reading experience.

However.. getting content for them is hard (and the PRS500 i have cant use bought ones from waterstones, though this one can) and the PDF display which someone was on about earlier is absolutely terrible. There are a few options and some third party software that can help but its still a pain.


The other thing to consider is the next devices (700 series) are now out just not in the UK yet, so this is now obsolete already.

This cannot be a hot deal because i saw it in water stones for £190 in september

mabccc;3635462

Possibly the cheapest option is to buy the books in paper format for now, … Possibly the cheapest option is to buy the books in paper format for now, then in six months / one years time buy the digital reader, once they are a more reasonable price.



I have over 1100 ebooks that i downloaded in a torrent and hundreds more that I have picked up along the way. (Mostly IT related)

Granted im not going to read all of these as many of them arent applicable to my field but im sure you can see why Id much rather have one of these than buy the books!

centaurandrew;3635944

I have over 1100 ebooks that i downloaded in a torrent and hundreds more … I have over 1100 ebooks that i downloaded in a torrent and hundreds more that I have picked up along the way. (Mostly IT related)Granted im not going to read all of these as many of them arent applicable to my field but im sure you can see why Id much rather have one of these than buy the books!



These are incredibly terrible at PDF viewing.. youd be better off with one of the other options.. even with the newer firmware in this version compared to the older model its terrible with PDFs

I'm really interested in how well these handle PDF e-Books - from what I've read elsewhere, its not great and you're at the mercy of "conversion" which apparently renders text difficult (small?) to read and can screw up embedded images. Also, zooming features that I personally use quite often on the PC-based PDF readers is not available?

Can anyone who owns or has used one of these with PDFs comment authoritatively on it??

I want an similar functionality to an N800 and a colour screen (e-paper)

This is ********, £150 for a stupid reader?? Rather buy a Acer one!

Sony like the rest are just screwing everyone over. I don't want the extra functionality they provide, I want it to be LIKE A BOOK (colour) and an SD card + bluetooth - nothing more nothing less.

Loada;3635969

I'm really interested in how well these handle PDF e-Books - from what … I'm really interested in how well these handle PDF e-Books - from what I've read elsewhere, its not great and you're at the mercy of "conversion" which apparently renders text difficult (small?) to read and can screw up embedded images. Also, zooming features that I personally use quite often on the PC-based PDF readers is not available?Can anyone who owns or has used one of these with PDFs comment authoritatively on it??



I own the earlier PRS500 model (and have used the newer PRS505 ones with PDF reflow FW) and its terrible on both. This ones better but nowhere near as good as it needs to be. (for things other than plain text)

A much better idea is to use PDFRastafarian which is free and can make each page an image and stitch them all together as a book.. which is customised to look better on the device and use that.. it makes PDF useable on the devices.. otherwise dont bother unless its simple text only pdf's which do reflow quite well.

better get a EEE sub-laptop for the same price, much more functionality ...

tanikk£;3636103

better get a EEE sub-laptop for the same price, much more functionality … better get a EEE sub-laptop for the same price, much more functionality ...



I have one of those as well..these two items are not in the same league for book reading.

The battery life is the biggest reason to get one of these over a netbook.. the second is the screen its less taxing on the eyes, and theres no easy way to hold and use an eee pc with one hand on a train etc.. which is easy with this.

Loada;3635969

I'm really interested in how well these handle PDF e-Books - from what … I'm really interested in how well these handle PDF e-Books - from what I've read elsewhere, its not great and you're at the mercy of "conversion" which apparently renders text difficult (small?) to read and can screw up embedded images. Also, zooming features that I personally use quite often on the PC-based PDF readers is not available?Can anyone who owns or has used one of these with PDFs comment authoritatively on it??



They aren't brilliant at PDF's as PDF's are a lot harder to resize, i.e. take an A4 pdf and it just won't go well on the small screen and as PDF's aren't really editable it doesn't resize well. However plenty of free conversion programs out there which I find works fine.

rash;3635998

I want an similar functionality to an N800 and a colour screen … I want an similar functionality to an N800 and a colour screen (e-paper)This is ********, £150 for a stupid reader?? Rather buy a Acer one!Sony like the rest are just screwing everyone over. I don't want the extra functionality they provide, I want it to be LIKE A BOOK (colour) and an SD card + bluetooth - nothing more nothing less.



You really don't get it, not many books are in full colour! These are much better for your eyes then a colour screen will be until they release coloured e-ink which is a long way off.

sambartle_theone;3635896

I have one of the earlier versions of this (PRS500) which I imported on … I have one of the earlier versions of this (PRS500) which I imported on release from the US for £280 and whilst good its not perfect.The Sony units are too limited there are better devices (which ill upgrade too one day).As for using a PDA instead I used to think that till I got one of these, the battery life alone is stunning (7000 page turns or a couple of months) as it is NOT using ANY power when its just showing a page.. it only uses power when you turn a page. Its also got much better contrast and is just like reading a book.. its a VERY nice reading experience.However.. getting content for them is hard (and the PRS500 i have cant use bought ones from waterstones, though this one can) and the PDF display which someone was on about earlier is absolutely terrible. There are a few options and some third party software that can help but its still a pain.The other thing to consider is the next devices (700 series) are now out just not in the UK yet, so this is now obsolete already.



Sony are saying the the PRS700 is NOT a replacement for the PRS505 but will be sold along side it. However, reviews I have seen say that the screen on the new 700 is not as clear as the 505, because of the touch screen feature.

Yes, the will get cheaper in the future but the Sony now supports the ePUB format and therefore is no longer limited to Sony's ebook format. I'm seriously thinking of getting one of these.

The point of this device is that it "feels" and "looks" like a book. I'd hate to read a book on a PDA and keep pointing with my pointy thingy to turn a page. I'd give up after 5 pages, if my eyes hadn't already. Having seen one of these in the flesh, I was really impressed. No it doesn't do what a PDA etc does but what it does do, it does VERY well. This is a real alternative to the paerback book that will catch on, particularly with commuters and older people who may get a bit confused by laptops etc. I read 2 or 3 books on a fortnightly holiday, packing one of these would make so much more sense and I'd be more likely to bring this to work than a bulky book. Price really needs to come down to the £100 bracket though.

Anyone who's read a Wally Lamb book on the train would love this !

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sambartle_theone;3636137

I have one of those as well..these two items are not in the same league … I have one of those as well..these two items are not in the same league for book reading. The battery life is the biggest reason to get one of these over a netbook.. the second is the screen its less taxing on the eyes, and theres no easy way to hold and use an eee pc with one hand on a train etc.. which is easy with this.



I find an eeepc 901 is fine for reading PDF ebooks. Just rotate them 90 degrees.

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SimbaK2K;3636567

You really don't get it, not many books are in full colour!




It depends what sort of books you read. Novels may not be in colour, but that does not mean that not many books are in full colour. Most of the technical books I read are in colour.

sambartle_theone;3636137

I have one of those as well..these two items are not in the same league … I have one of those as well..these two items are not in the same league for book reading. The battery life is the biggest reason to get one of these over a netbook.. the second is the screen its less taxing on the eyes, and theres no easy way to hold and use an eee pc with one hand on a train etc.. which is easy with this.



I agree, Waterstone's have one on display and played around with it.
Screen is much better, not like a backlit computer screen.
But still too expensive for me.

I wonder why Amazon launched the Kindle in the US only (not an expert: but is same like Sony but can download over the air = some sort of SIM card built-in I imagine), UK speaks the same language and Amazon distribution in the UK is good too.
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