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Sony PRS-600 Black Touch Edition 6" Digital Reader - PRS-600BC

Abt Model: PRS600BC | UPC Code: 027242771864
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6" Display With Touchscreen/ Carry Hundreds Of Books/ Built-in Dictionary/ Compatible With PC And Mac/ Portable Design/ Quick Page Turns/ Black Finish
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Sony PRS-600 Black Touch Edition 6" Digital Reader - PRS600BC

Features:

  • Elegant 6” display with touchscreen : The Reader Touch Edition™ features a 6” display with simple, easy-to-use touchscreen navigation. Turn pages with the swipe of a finger and enjoy fast and intuitive navigation of your favorite books.
  • Freehand highlighting & annotation : Take freehand notes and highlight sections of text you want to revisit later, just as you would in a real book, using the included stylus. If you prefer, a virtual keyboard is also available for entering quick notes or searching your eBooks. If you want, you can even export your notes to your computer using the eBook Library software.
  • More books in more places : Enjoy access to a wider number of books from a wider number of places. By supporting both industry standard formats, ePub and PDF, you can access books at The eBook Store from Sony, check out books from public libraries, access over one million free public domain titles from Google Books, as well as sharing sites, online aggregators and personal publishers2.
  • Carry hundreds of books : Not sure which books to bring on your trip? With the Reader Touch Edition™, you will never have to make that choice again. 512MB of onboard memory6 lets you carry up to 350 of your favorite books3 at a time and with dual memory expansion card slots, your reading library is virtually limitless.
  • Thin, light, portable design : Whether you’re venturing across town or across the country, the Reader Touch Edition™ makes an ideal travelling companion. Measuring just 0.4” thin7 and weighing less than 10.1 ounces, the Reader Touch Edition is thinner and more lightweight than almost any book, and even many magazines.
  • Paper-like display for easy reading : The Reader Touch Edition™ utilizes E Ink® Vizplex™ screen technology to deliver an amazing, paper-like display that’s more like ink on paper and fully readable in direct sunlight.
  • Charge and read for two full weeks : Enjoy up to two full weeks of reading (7,500 continuous page turns) on a single battery charge1.
  • Built-in Dictionary : A handy search function lets you look up words in the built-in Oxford American English Dictionary.
  • Compatible with PC and Mac : eBook Library 3.0 software makes it easy to download eBooks, manage your collection, and transfer titles to your Reader Touch Edition™. eBook Library 3.0 software works with both PC and Mac.9
  • Adjustable font sizes : The Reader Touch Edition™ offers you the ability to resize text. Choose from five adjustable font sizes to improve readability.
  • USB 2.0 data & power connection : Transfer eBooks and charge your Reader Touch Edition™ using a single USB 2.0 cable.
  • Multiple formats available : The Reader Touch Edition™ supports Adobe® PDF5, Microsoft® Word, BBeB® Book and other text file formats, as well as ePub/ACS4 and connection with Adobe Digital Editions4. You can even play back unsecured MP3 and AAC audio files8 (headphones required and sold separately).
  • Read at a natural pace : Quick page turns let you read at a natural pace, while a high contrast ratio helps ensure your favorite books are easily readable, even in direct sunlight.
  • Available colors : The Reader Touch Edition™ is available in your choice of sleek silver, classic black, and expressive red.

Package Content:

  • USB Cable
  • Sleeve
  • Quick Start

Specifications:

  • Display
    • Gray Scale : 8-levels gray scale
    • Resolution : 800 x 600 pixels
    • Screen Size : Vizplex™ 6 inches
  • Media Formats Supported
    • DRM Text : ePub (Adobe DRM protected), PDF (Adobe DRM protected), BBeB Book (PRS DRM protected)
    • Image : JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP
    • Unsecured Audio : Unsecured Adudio: MP3 (Non encrypted), AAC (Non encrypted)
    • Unsecured Text : ePub, BBeB Book, PDF, TXT, RTF, Micrsoft® Word, (Conversion to the Reader requires Word installed on your PC)
  • Memory
    • Memory Size : 512 MB User available capacity: Approx. 380MB Dual Memory Card Expansion Slots for Memory Stick PRO Duo™ and SD Card™ up to 16GB.
  • Operating Conditions
    • Operating Temperature : 41 to 95 °F
  • Power
    • AC Power : DC 5.2 V
    • Battery Life (Approx) : 7,500 (BBeB Book) Continuous page turns
    • Battery Life (Approx) : 6,800 (ePub) Continuous page turns
    • Battery Type : Rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery: DC 3.7 V
  • System Requirements
    • General : OS: - Microsoft® Windows Vista® (32-bit or 64-bit) home Basic/ Home Premium/ Business/ Ultimate with Service Pack 1 or later. Microsoft Windows XP (32-bit only) Home Edition/ Professional/ Media Center Edition 2004 & 2005 with Service Pack 2 or later. - Mac OS X version 10.4.11 or later, Mac OS X version 10.5.6 or later. CPU: - 800 MHz Celeron class processor or better for Windows. - Intel, Power PC G3, G4, or G5 processor for Mac RAM: -128 MB or more (minimum 512 MB for Windows Vista) Free space on hard disc: - 20 MB or more, but depending on the content amount, more space may be required. Monitor: High Color or more, 1024 x 768 pixels or more (True Color, 1280 x 1024 pixels or more recommended) Other devices: USB port (High-Speed USB Compatible) Internet connection (broadband recommended, some fees may apply) is also required on your computer.

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Width: 4.8"
  • Height: 6.9"
  • Depth: 0.4"

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 0.63 lbs
  • Shipping: 1 lb

Footnotes:

  1. Up to 7,500 continuous page turns with a single full charge on internal rechargeable battery. Actual battery life may vary upon usage patterns, product settings, battery, and environmental conditions.
  2. Requires Internet connection (broadband recommended) and compatible PC or Mac. Internet service may require a fee. Use of companion The eBook Store from Sony limited to U.S/Canada. residents age 13 or older. Account registriation with The eBook Store required for access to Google content. Content availability may be limited based on location.
  3. Based on average un-illustrated eBook file size of 1.2 megabytes. Actual file sizes vary by digital book title.
  4. Adobe® PDF, JPEG, BBeB® Book, RTF, and TXT formats natively supported. Viewing Microsoft® Word (PC must have Word installed), HTML, and other files requires conversion with supplied software.
  5. Adobe® PDF files look better when optimized with the Reader's screen size, and text may appear small if not optimized.
  6. MB means 1 million bytes when referring to memory capacity. Accessible capacity may vary. A portion of memory space is reserved for operating system and other system functions.
  7. Measured at the narrowest point.
  8. Un-encrypted MP3 and AAC format audio files only. Not compatible with most digital copyright formatted audio file content. Headphones not included.
  9. PC Operating System requirements: Microsoft® Windows Vista® (32-bit or 64-bit) or Microsoft® Windows® XP (32-bit only), Internet Connection (broadband suggested), USB Port (for Reader connection). Mac Operating System requirements: Apple® Macintosh® computers w/ Intel® processors, PowerPC G3, G4 or G5 processors, with Mac OS X Tiger
  10. 4.11 or later, or Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.6 or later; Internet connection required (broadband recommended); USB port required (for Reader connection).
    10. Sold separately
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Sony PRS-600 Red Touch Edition 6" Digital Reader
 
3.5

(based on 244 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (66)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (83)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (41)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (36)

76%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (19)
  • Easy to set up (9)
  • Fast (6)
  • Lightweight (6)
  • Large clear LCD (5)

Cons

  • Glare (5)
  • Not good in low light (3)
  • Slow (3)

Best Uses

  • Upgrade (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Quality oriented (9), Practical (4), Tech savvy (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A thing of Beauty

This is my first eReader, so I have nothing else to compare it to. I can say as a first time user I am incredibly impressed overall. I love having the option to...Read complete review

This is my first eReader, so I have nothing else to compare it to. I can say as a first time user I am incredibly impressed overall. I love having the option to use the touchscreen/stylus if so desired. I have found myself using the page turn buttons at the bottom more often, though. I am a reader who always held my books from the bottom so this is very natural for me. I appreciate the fact that I no longer need to use both hands, but can do everything with the one holding the eReader. More often than not when I sit down to read one of my feline friends ends up in my lap, so now I have at least one hand free. Double tap in the top right corner to bookmark your page...double tap on a word while reading and the dictionary definition pops up at the bottom of your screen. All very handy, and very easy to figure out. I am a reader with progressive lenses. For years it has become increasingly difficult for me to read for long periods of time without significant eyestrain. Those days are over. I read for at least 8 hours straight, and at varying distances with zero eyestrain. This is the first time that has happened in more years than I care to remember. I highly recommend purchasing an eReader cover with your device. It made it feel more natural (book like) and not so 'exposed'. It feels as though it is more protected inside that cover as far as the touch screen is concerned. I say all the way around this is definitely one of the best investments I have ever made as a book lover, and would highly recommend without reservation to anyone else.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Why Windows?

The fact that you need to install and use a special application (and it is REALLY stupid application) just to copy ebooks to the reader is a ridiculously stupid design decision. Why can't...Read complete review

The fact that you need to install and use a special application (and it is REALLY stupid application) just to copy ebooks to the reader is a ridiculously stupid design decision. Why can't they just have the reader appear as a USB storage device so you can just file-copy ebooks to it without having to install a load of bloatware on your PC? Whats even more ridiculous is that Sony think every PC onwer in the world is only running Microsoft Windows, so they only provide a Windows version of the application. Consequently if you're smart enough to avoid Windows and run another OS like Linux or BSD, you will have no way to copy ebooks or music to this reader, which makes it totally useless for a significant number of potential customers.

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5.0

prs-600 reader touch

By bluestreak

from S.E. WI.

Pros

  • and ease of function
  • open format
  • Screen
  • Size

Cons

  • Price

Best Uses

    Comments about Sony PRS-600 Red Touch Edition 6" Digital Reader:

    I like it, Wife has the newer prs-950 and the screen is better than the 600, but not that much better than the 600

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    1.0

    Wish I didn't see it

    By googl

    from Undisclosed

    Pros

    • Pretty good battery life

    Cons

    • Everything. Especially the "iTunes" - like application for uploading books.

    Best Uses

      Comments about Sony PRS-600 Red Touch Edition 6" Digital Reader:

      No more Sony products ever :(

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      1.0

      Decent Device, Horrible Software

      By Excalculus

      from Madison, WI

      Pros

      • None

      Cons

      • Screen Glare
      • Sync Software

      Best Uses

        Comments about Sony PRS-600 Red Touch Edition 6" Digital Reader:

        Nothing good about this device can overcome my disgust with the software. I'm afraid to hook it up to my computer because it will either hang indefinitely or delete my purchased books from the reader. The only way I can get this to work semi-reliably is to put epub books from other sources on an SD card and remove the card whenever I connect to the computer while allowing only purchased books to sync up via the menus. Stay away if you are not computer savvy!

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        4.0

        Older PRS-600 still a champ

        By Monkeywrangler

        from NTX

        Pros

        • Clear Text
        • Responsive screen
        • SD card compatible

        Cons

        • difficulty in deleting files
        • Poorly documented software
        • weak light.

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sony PRS-600 Red Touch Edition 6" Digital Reader:

          I recently acquired a PRS-600. It is a very nice reader in good light. The cover/light combo needs a much brighter LED to be really useful for reading in the dark. I prefer to use a headlamp for more light.

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          3.0

          Almost but missed

          By Alaranth

          from Sydney, Australia

          Pros

          • Easy to use and read
          • like the user control

          Cons

          • no power adaptor
          • Screen failed
          • Software sucks

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sony PRS-600 Red Touch Edition 6" Digital Reader:

            I enjoyed the experience for about 6 months, despite poor quality (or dated) software and re-charge only through your computer (and unable to use the device during recharge). Then I started to get intermittent screen failure, just half the screen. Now just over 12 months of ownership, it's failed.

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            5.0

            Best Gift Ever

            By Noey

            from Shortsville, NY

            Pros

            • Clear
            • Compact
            • Efficient
            • Expandable memory
            • Lightweight
            • Quick

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sony PRS-600 Red Touch Edition 6" Digital Reader:

                I was given a PRS-600 for my birthday this past month and I absolutely love this reader. I read all the time and was getting frustrated having to carry books around all the time because I read multiple books at a time. This reader is wonderful. It's crisp, clear images make it easy to read, the text size is perfect and variable. I don't get a glare on my screen. The touch feature comes with a stylus but I find I rarely have to use it as it responds very well and quickly to my fingertips. I love that it has an expandable memory because I can carry hundreds of books, music, pictures, and notes with me no matter where I go. This is the best gift I've ever been given and I thank my fiance every day! Thank you Jim and thank you Sony!

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                1.0

                major FAIL!

                By Lcjones87

                from Nashville, Tn

                Pros

                • it's an ereader

                Cons

                • you can only charge through the computer and no backlight

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Sony PRS-600 Red Touch Edition 6" Digital Reader:

                  this ereader is your typical ereader except after I bought it and started using it I discovered you can only charge it through the computer. So if you go on a trip and don't bring your computer forget charging. The battery doesn't last but a couple hours so for long drives its useless. There is a wall charger you can buy but look closely, it doesn't work with the prs-600!!!! I will never buy another sony because of this major inconvenience!

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                  1.0

                  The text contrast (black) ...

                  By gesha

                  from Phila

                  Comments about Sony PRS-600 Red Touch Edition 6" Digital Reader:

                  The text contrast (black) on the grey glare screen is bad - do not by this model!!
                  I am going smash this reader in the face of Sony guys!

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                  5.0

                  Fast shipping.

                  By einy

                  from Corpus Christi

                  Pros

                  • Ordered one day - received the next.

                  Cons

                  • Now I want the shipping cost refunded as you said free shipping.

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Sony PRS-600 Red Touch Edition 6" Digital Reader:

                    Very happy with getting it so soon, am now chanrging the reader up before I use it.

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                    4.0

                    Great practical reader, still room for improvement

                    By Omnireader

                    from SC

                    Pros

                    • excellent note takeing features
                    • Great layout
                    • Practical
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                    • Battery life
                    • readable screen space
                    • storage very little

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Sony PRS-600 Red Touch Edition 6" Digital Reader:

                      I have had and used PRS600 for ~ a month, here's what I found, hope that Sony will make improvements for better reader.
                      Currently pros:
                      1) NO Internet access: I don't care about Wifi or 3G access, when I read my books I prefer the world leaves me be. I only need easy access to get books to my personal "vault", then easily load books from the vault to the reader which currently is the case with PRS600.
                      2) Library and collections: I have tried Nook, when books come in multiple pdf chapters Nook spread the chapters out as single file. EReader allows to group all files/chapters of a book in separate "collection".
                      3) Expanded memory: PRS600 comes with ~300Mb memory. I have some 10 books that fill up 250Mb already. Therefore the expanded card slots are essential (I think this expandable memory capability is essential no matter how big the built-in storage.)
                      4) Taking note function is great: nearly the same as when I read hard copy: I can take note by highlight, write, and then look for them later easily from a list of notes which the reader then brings back to the original page (with a hard copy I flip the pages to look for my notes, or use sticky). This is very practical and useful which none other reader can do.
                      5) great practical design: simple and functional, easy to use buttons, double tab for dictionary, for taking notes, menus are intuitive, easy to navigate.
                      6) pdf readability: here PRS600 is great, it has option to change font size (reflow, BTW, I dont need tons of fancy fonts, only a few essential fonts that are best for reading on screen), or to zoom. I have technical pdf docs that have complex formatting, with single and two columns on same page, with graphs, tables, chemical structures, biological schemes, subscript, superscripts, etc., which are completely messed up on other readers of the same size, but can be read using the zoom function (instead of changing font size) on the PRS600.
                      7) Sony support is great: everything is online, a little tortuous to find them but they are there and very very helpful in helping users to use the reader and trouble shoots and solutions.
                      ....

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