Common Questions About The Sony Reader Digital Book (PRS 505)

prs505sc.jpgQ: How many versions of this device are available on the market?
A: Twp: PRS-505SC (silver) or PRS-505LC (dark blue)

Q: How many books can the  PRS-505 hold in internal memory?
A: Up to 160 Ebooks. You can also store thousands of additional books on a SD memory card.

Q: Can I adjust the font size?
A: Yes, you can adjust between three available font sizes.

Q: Can I read in sunlight?
A: Yes, with 8 levels of grey scale and the revolutionary e-paper technology, it is equipped for easy reading everywhere with no strain on eyes – just like reading paper.

Q: How do I download content to my sony device?
A: Hook up the device via USB cable to your computer to access the ebook library and companion software on your computer. From your computer you can browse content, make purchases, and download to your Digital book.

Q: How long does the battery last?
A: Up to 7,500 pages turns depending on the size of the font.

Q: What’s the cost?
A: About $300 dollars.

Q: Can I download content wirelessly?
A: No, all content must be downloaded via USB cable from the companion store on your computer to the device.

Q: What common format does it supports?
A: PDF, word, JPEG… among others.

Q: What if my device get damage, can i replace it?
A: You can sign up for a one of the several protection plans offered by Sony, go to Sonystyle plan and choose your plan.

Q: Are there any special promotions available on this device at present?
A: yes, you can Get 100 free Connect™ eBooks Classics titles. Just follow the instruction below:
1. Purchase the Reader between 1/31/2008 and 9/30/2008.
2. Create an account with the eBook Store from Sony using the supplied eBook Library software.
3. Connect the Reader to your PC through USB.
4. Log into your eBook Store account, choose “manage devices” and follow the directions to authorize the Reader. Internet connection required.
5. Credit will automatically be put in your account. This credit must be used by 10/31/08. See classic titles available here and be sure to pay attention to the terms and conditions.

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Four Reasons Why You Should Consider Getting An Electronic Book Reader

Paper-Like Screen
The top electronic readers today utilize this new high-resolution display technology called electronic paper. From Kindle, to the Sony PRS-505, to the Hanlin eReader Series, among others… all are now using this revolutionary e-ink technology. It provides a crisp black-and-white screen that resembles the appearance and readability of printed paper. The screen works using ink, just like books and newspapers, but displays the ink particles electronically. It reflects light like ordinary paper and uses no backlighting, eliminating the glare associated with other electronic displays. As a result, these electronic reading devices can be read as easily in bright sunlight as in your living room.The screen never gets hot so you can comfortably read as long as you like.

Portability
Many are now lighter and thinner than your typical paperbacks, and fits easily in one hand. Their built-in memory stores hundreds of titles and provides space for optional SD memory cards that allow the device to hold even more content.

Most offer access to online stores that are associated with the parent company. Some even allow you to back up your content on the your computer or the companies media center for future download. Backing up your content this way allows you to make room for new titles on your device.

Ease of content Delivery
Some devices allow wireless content delivery to your device, Amazon’s kindle, for example, utilizes Sprint’s national high-speed (EVDO) data network to enable you to wirelessly search, discover, download, and read content on the go.

Others like the iRex iLiad, utilizes WiFi technology, which is a little bit more restricted to “hot spots.” Of course, all of this wireless content access is free. Other devices such as the Hanlin and the Sony PRS series uses a USB/Computer combination for content download. So what’s best for you? It really does depend on where you are and what resources you have access to . For example, even though Amazon’s Kindle provides wireless coverage, it doesn’t cover the entire United States, nor is it available beyond US soil.

Wave of the Future
This is just my personal opinion but I believe that technology is so ingrained in our society and has taken such a strong-hold on us that I cannot see the future without a “good” electronic reading device in almost everyone’s hand. Just the simple thought of having a huge amount of content at your fingertips is something that simply cannot be ignored…think about it. I know that the majority of people have not yet caught on, but I think that when they do, you will see a surge in the usage of electronic reading devices. Right now the battle is on for who will provide the standard device and it will be very interesting to see who comes out on top.

That said, if you do decide to get one of these interesting devices, always remember to do your due diligence before you buy.

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