Monday, April 23, 2007

Sony E-Book Reader

Sony Reader PRS-500 reader
Written by Marcus, New York (USA) on March 31, 2007

The screen is amazing and looks so much like paper; reading from it is a delight and very easy on the eyes. I use it primarily for reading books and newspaper articles downloaded from the web (FT, NYTimes, .). I wanted to be able to take many books with me and also read on the go hundreds of newspaper articles and it's perfect for that.

Regarding content: I have a lot of books in PDF format and had planned to use this reader for reading those but have found that RTF is the most convenient and versatile format so that's what I use most of the time. The screen is 7" so it is not practical for viewing large US Letter / A4 documents with graphs and pictures since they appear scaled down. However, it's perfect for reading material that's primarily text and if you use RTF it will "scaled" the text perfectly. There are a variety of programs out there that will convert PDF to RTF and Word con convert it's own documents to RTF so that's easy.

There is a document available on the web that explains how you can configure Acrobat Professional to create PDF for the Reader's screen size so that it looks perfect, worth considering too if you have the complete Acrobat application.

The screen is beautiful and the battery life is amazing! Admittedly it does not have a backlight option but I personally don't think it's that important. The screen is quite robust too, compared to laptop screens.

The PC program is not great but it's simple which is not a bad thing. I only use t to transfer documents over to the Reader and it does this well.

Hope this helps!

Marcus M27

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