Product Type: Sony Tablet PCs / eBook Readers
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Sony Reader Digital Book PRS-300
Member Name: Mother80
Sony Reader Digital Book PRS-300
Advantages: all books in one place
Disadvantages: none that I have found yet
I am a true gadget geek and also a bookworm, so this was definately an exciting buy for me.
My husband bought this digital book reader for me when I was pregnant with our second child and I love it. It came in very handy when I was stuck in hospital for three days after giving birth.
my first thought was how big is it going to be to be able to hold 350 books! I was very pleasantly surpised to find that it is very compact (mine measures 10.8 cm wide ,15.7cm long and 1cm deep) and isn't at all heavy to hold.My second thought is how the heck do I get the books on it !! well that turned out to be nice and simple too. It was just a matter of going on one of the many ebook websites ( I use waterstones and whsmiths but there are others) then setting up my account on their site and away I went searching for books to buy and download to my ebook library which I installed on my computer when I plugged my sony reader in for the first time.
The navigation controls are very simple to use, to switch it on there is a power switch on the top which you slide to switch on and off. On the front there are 10 numbered buttons down the side, which are used to select different options on the books display menu. At the bottom there is a large central cursor and enter button. To the left of that there are two buttons, one is the home button and the other is the return button. To the right of the central enter button/cursor is two further buttons which are the bookmark button and size button (to enlarge the text to one of three sizes)
when you first switch on the device and go to the home menu you are presented with seven options: continue reading,books by title,books by author,books by date,collections,all bookmarks and settings. you just select the number down the side which represents the option you want to open or alternatively you the cursor and enter button.if you want to go back to the previous screen its just a matter of pressing the return button.
I like the bookmark button, it comes in handy to bookmark more than one page of the same book ( I like to bookmark the funny bits ) or of several books. once you have book marked a page you can just select all bookmarks option on the home menu and pick which ever one you want.
The book is easy to charge and comes with a usb cable in the box. you just plug it in to your computer. A red light on top near the power switch lights up when charging and then goes off once fully charged. The charge does seem to last a good while, Sony say it will last 6800 continuous page turns from a single charge.
There is no built in light which I thought may have bothered me, but to be honest I wouldn't sit in the dark and read anyway. the screen is very clear and you don't get any glare or eyestrain whilst using it, The clarity doesn't seem to be affected when you hold it at different angles or if you are in bright sushine either. I also love that you can change the font size (this is very handy with my failing eyesight!)
mine came with a nice protective sleeve to put it in which does the job perfectly and also means no real need to buy extra stuff to go with it.
I would highly recommend this to any book lovers, I like that all my books are in one place and that it isn't bulky to use or carry about. it is also handy to know that my two inquisitive kids can't colour on the pages,rip them out of steal my bookmark when i'm not looking !!
Summary: easy for all to use and definately worth the investment
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