Product Type: Sony Tablet PCs / eBook Readers
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Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-350
Member Name: lesleyanne2
Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-350
Advantages: Save space on book storage
Disadvantages: Bit slow at times
I got my reader as a Christmas present. I had thought about getting one before, but never imagined I would like it. I'm one of these people who loves reading and love the feel and smell of books, so thought reading with the reader just wouldnt give me the same enjoyment as books. However, my other half was sick of all my books taking up space and decided to get me this.
This reader comes in pink and silver. It is smaller than your average book and very light, weighing only 155g. My dad has bad arthritis in his hands and when he reads a book he finds it uncomfortable after a short while, but found this really easy to hold and navigate.
I tried using it straight away but found I did have to read the instructions, which I normally never do However, once I had it up and running it is really simple to use.
The reader comes with a USB cable, which you use to transfer books from your computer to the reader and to charge the reader. It has an anti glare screen so you can read in the sun and bright light without the clarity being affected.
The reader is also good and durable. I have dropped mine a couple of times and its never broken or got a scratch on it.
Using the reader -
The reader has a touch screen, which you can use to do everything you would need to. Choose which book to read, bookmark your page, browse your downloaded books, change font size, take notes etc. However, one of the downsides is that this can often be very slow. To bookmark a page, you press the top right hand corner of the screen twice. This doesn't always work and you need to do it with the buttons. Can also take a long time for the page to turn which you do by simply sliding your finger across the screen. Again, I tend to use the buttons for this as it is much faster.
Along the bottom of the reader, are 5 small buttons. The first two are for turning the page, the middle one is a home button which takes you onto your home screen, detailing the book you are currently reading and giving you other options such as settings, notes and other books you have downloaded. There is a zoom button, which allows you to change your font size, great if you have poor eyesight. The final button is options, which allows you to set bookmarks, remove bookmarks, go to certain pages, take notes, delete a book and give you information on a book.
There is also a built in dictionary and all you do is touch a word and it tells you at the bottom of the screen what that word means.
You can also sorty your books into collections. Name your own collections of authors or genre or whatever you like, making it easier to find the book you are looking for.
Downloading books -
There are loads of websites where you can purchase and download books. I usually use Waterstones or WH Smith and they are reasonably priced, with older books obviously being cheaper than new ones. Simply purchase your book, and when you download it it goes straight into you ebook library on your computer. Then connect the reader with the USB cable and drag your new books to the side panel where it says reader. It literally takes seconds and is really simple.
The only thing that does annoy me except from the fact it is sometimes slow, is that it was difficult to read in poor light. I bought a cover with a light for it which does help a lot. Also I'm a bit scared to read in the bath in case I drop it, so am spending a fortune on magazines for this.
Prices for the reader vary, mine cost £120 in Argos, but they are going down in price if you shop around.
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