Sony Reader eBook Touch Edition, PRS-600 Black

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    Sony Reader eBook Touch Edition, PRS-600 Black

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    At 0.4 inches thin and less than 10.1 ounces, this is the convenient way to access and store up to 350 of your favorite books wherever you go. The elegant, lightweight design features a six-inch display that lets you turn pages with the swipe of a finger. You also can take freehand notes and highlight sections of text, just as you would in a real book, using the supplied stylus. For added versatility, this digital book supports multiple file formats including ePub and PDF so you can access to more books from more places, including The eBook Store from Sony and over one million free public domain titles from Google books.

    • E Ink Vizplex screen technology provides a paper-like display that's more like ink on paper and fully readable in direct sunlight
    • Choose from five adjustable font sizes to improve readability
    • Quick page turns and high contrast ratio so you can read at a natural pace, even in direct sunlight
    • A virtual keyboard is available for entering quick notes or searching your eBooks
    • You can export your notes to your computer using the eBook Library software
    • Built-in Oxford American English Dictionary with search function
    • Access books at, check out books from public libraries, and access over one million free public domain titles from Google Books, as well as sharing sites, online aggregators and personal publishers
    • Enjoy up to two full weeks of reading (7,500 continuous page turns) on a single battery charge
    • Supports Adobe PDF, Microsoft Word, BBeB Book and other text file formats, as well as ePub/ACS4 and connection with Adobe Digital Editions
    • Play back unsecured MP3 and AAC audio files (headphones required and sold separately)
    • 512MB of onboard memory lets you carry up to 350 of your favorite books at a time
    • Dual memory card expansion slots (cards not included)
    • eBook Library 3.0 software makes it easy to download eBooks, manage your collection, and transfer titles to your Reader Touch Edition using a PC or Mac
    • Transfer eBooks and charge your Reader by using a single USB 2.0 cable

    Good, bad and bottom line - CNET Reviews


    The PRS-600 is sleeker than the Kindle; touch screen is more responsive than last year's Sony Reader; interface offers better ergonomics and is mostly easy to use; with the addition of an optional memory card (SD or Memory Stick Pro), it's capable of storing thousands of electronic books; five font sizes; decent battery life; displays Word and PDF files (with zoom), shows most image files, and plays MP3 and AAC audio; Sony's eBook Library software is now both Windows and Mac-compatible, with bestsellers costing $9.99 (just like Amazon); EPUB file compatibility lets you access thousands of free classic Google Books and loaner files from many local libraries; built-in dictionary now included.


    Screen is still glare-prone; screen contrast (how dark the letters are) isn't as good as what you'll find on competing models; lack of wireless access means all files must be dragged and dropped from a PC; battery is sealed into unit; notation and markup functions can be cumbersome; USB charging only works from PCs.

    Bottom Line

    While it's an improvement to the company's previous touch-screen model, Sony's Reader Touch Edition PRS-600 is saddled with a screen that's short on contrast and prone to glare--and it lacks the wireless convenience of Amazon's identically priced Kindle.


    Model No.: PRS-600BC
    Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.2
    Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.18 x 1.77 x 8.8
    Walmart No.: 000549410

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