Sony PRS-505/SC Reader Digital Book Review

by Ebook Doctor on September 18, 2008

sony prs 505 ebook reader

sony prs 505 ebook reader

How delightful would it be to have the capability to read your most favourite books-with the whole lot digitally stored on a compact device? The Sony PRS-505/SC Reader Digital Book, a redesigned and slimmer model, allows you to tote what was once a stack of books with one hand.

This sony ebook reader can hold roughly 160 eBooks whilst optional memory cards can store hundreds more. And thanks to its portable size that is about 1/3 of an inch thick and 9oz in weight, you are able to read through a vast library of books wherever and whenever you like. And as for battery life, it can support around 7500 continual page turns before needing to be changed.

Boasting cutting edge technology such as an amazing 6-inch display and e-Ink that is so paper like in its appearance that reading your books is enjoyable and easily accomplished even in the sunshine. It has a significant amount of internal memory and a slot where you can add or remove memory cards, making it perfect to take documents, Web content, etc., and read them while you are on the go. And thanks to its Integrated eBook Store, the Sony PRS-505 eBook reader let’s you browse, discover, search and even purchase thousands of popular, new and classic eBook titles. It is possible to visit other sites which offer unsecured eBook titles in Reader supported file formats, translating to vast amounts of suitable content to use in concert with your Reader.

And even though this device is called the Sony PRS-505/SC  Digital eBook reader doesn’t mean it can you can only read eBooks with it. In fact, using the Library 2.0 PC Software include with it gives you the ability to transfer Microsoft Word documents, PDF documents, BBeB Book as well as other text files right to your Reader, which provides you with the ability to view and access multiple files any time you like.

Recommended, get yours from Waterstones UK now and save £££.

*Update* Save £20 off your Sony Ebook reader at Waterstones today with our exclusive Sony Ebook reader voucher code: R27736

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 j c 12.27.08 at 8:16 pm

i love the look and how simple my sony reader is. i got 100 free classics on cd with it so for the time being im fine.

my problem is that sometimes to buy and download a new title is seemingly more expensive than buying the actual book. the usual 12.99 or whatever the hardback version may be. i think waterstones need to sort something quickly.

2 Ed Rolison 12.31.08 at 1:01 pm

I have one, and it’s lovely.
However Waterstones eBook site is terrible, and Sony’s Ebook store is not accessible in the UK.
That’s a MAJOR problem in my opinion. The ebook pricing is also somewhat dramatically variable – you’ll pay anything from nothing at all, to more than hardback prices for the ebook. I don’t mind too much – I’m a person who’ll happily pay hardback prices just to _not_ have to carry a hefty hardback around – but am somewhat irked that I can’t then lend stuff I’ve read to friends.

3 MR A M SKERRITT 01.13.09 at 8:45 am

Thankyou Sony the ebook is fantastic. But the price of books and the waterstones ebook site will put many people off . Also does anybody think the battery life is short ? Above it says the battery needs to be changed after 7500 page turns but it is a rechargable !!!!!!!!!

4 Joe Donns 03.04.09 at 8:38 pm

not even word about multilingual support … looks like somehow you can do it with Sony devices

5 Mr P Jones 05.12.09 at 2:36 am

Not only is the eBook store unvailable from the eBook library but the much advertised and talked about Google library

is only available in the USA and Canada as per usual

I wonder why those of us in Europe these products!? We’re overcharged and supplied with inferior support items! For this alone I would hesitate to suggest it to anyone else.

6 Stuart Calder 05.23.09 at 12:10 am

The Sony is a good device, but lacks the iPod ‘cool’ factor, and the whole ebook thing is currently severely hampered by both cost and availability of ebooks.
I bought mine on impulse as a special offer from the Sony store at Heathrow Terminal 5 – £194, a saving of £30 off list.
It does the job, but as the owner of an iPod touch, I’m left thinking how Apple would have approached this. Probably as follows:
1. A touch screen.
2. Put your finger on the right hand end of the page and flick to the left to turn a page (and no flashing as the new page is drawn).
3. Use your finger to scroll rapidly through the list of 100+ titles.
4. Increase/decrease text size by moving two figures apart/together.
5. Easy navigation of music so you can adjust the sound without interrupting your reading.
6. Bigger screen area in relation to the overall size.

Don’t get me wrong – it works fine, but just feels a bit plodding in its design – nothing to make you smile at the sheer imagination and inventiveness of the creators.

And, as others have commented, I’ve so far been disappointed at both the availability and cost of ebooks. The cost of delivery is virtually zero – how can they not be cheaper than the tree-destroying paper alternative? in most cases you can get physical books much cheaper on Amazon (who don’t yet sell ebooks.)

So you won’t get your money back through savings on books. That leaves the benefit as carrying around 100+ books from a limited and rather costly selection in a single neat package. No wonder Sony has them on special offer.

7 Derek 08.09.09 at 5:24 pm

Has anybody found the best UK store(s) for popular fiction both in choice and price. I hope this is not Waterstones because I am less than impressed with their site and offreings.

8 jacqueline leck 10.16.09 at 12:26 pm

i bought this when it first came out and in the interim have been unable to download anything onto it. i have received negative response and help from both waterstones and sony, each of which try to blame Adobe. my advice, dont touch with a barge pole.

9 Ketan 02.11.10 at 6:08 am

This is the best gadget I must have brought till now.
I purchased it for Rs.14,800 .

It is so amazing, I read every day on this.

Thanks to sony for introducing such a nice product…

10 John 07.09.10 at 5:45 pm

I’m about to buy one of these because my local public library now lends ebooks (for nothing) – making them the cheapest book store around.

11 Judy Charlton 07.30.10 at 9:31 am

The best site I’ve found for ebooks is WH Smith. They are a reasonable price (insofar as all e books are ) are easy to buy and download and great choice. Much better than Waterstones and several other e book stores. Recommended

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