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Sony launches next-gen eBook reader

updated 08:30 am EDT, Tue October 2, 2007

Sony PRS-505 eBook Reader

Sony today launched its first major update to its Reader eBook handheld. The new device is the first to reflect Sony's newer, more open approach to media playback and now works as a simple USB mass storage device: users can copy books and create folders on the device by using their operating system rather than a custom software program. The Reader can optionally be set up to automatically sync with specified folders. Controls have also been improved for a more natural feel, Sony says; page turn buttons and other parts of the interface more closely resemble what users would expect.

A new version of the Reader stores 160 eBooks and accepts more stored on either Memory Sticks or SD cards; aside from copy-protected books from Sony's CONNECT eBook store (accessed through Windows only), the device displays PDF, RTF, and raw text as well as several image formats and AAC/MP3 audio. Through the use of an ePaper display, the PRS-505 can average about 7,500 pages on a single battery charge. Sony ships dark blue and silver versions of the Reader this week for $300 with a protective cover.

By Electronista Staff
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  1. timbck2

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    Need to see it in person

    If they haven't solved the extremely annoying double-refresh problem every time you flip a page, I'm not interested.

  1. Zaren

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    Protective cover?

    Does it have "Don't Panic" written on it in large, friendly letters?

  1. simdude

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    mac compatible?

    Wow, the last one couldn't connect to a mac. Sounds like there's hope for this one.

  1. BeLow Me

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    Mac Compatible!

    I don't see what the fuss is about, you Mac fan-boys wouldn't buy this anyway. If it isn't made by Apple, then it must be inferior, right?

  1. dliup

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    Um, it's not because it's made by Apple or not. In most, if not all cases, Apple products have better usability compared to other products. For example, take a look at the picture, how many left and right arrows do you see? I see 3 sets. Do you need 3 sets of scrolling arrows?

    Well I do like the ePaper though. At this time, double refresh is required, because the page has to be reset to blank, before changing to a new page.

  1. slider

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    Yeah, Fan boy, Whatever

    I don't think this thing has enough buttons. You know, maybe if companies would design products for people other than engineers or the uber geeks us "Mac fan-boys" would buy the other products. But no, your right, it's just b/c we're all blinded by the SJ distortion field. You might try taking your blinders off and take a closer look.

  1. tindrum

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    not Apple

    I drive an Apple car, and only eat apples. Below me is right, we're all bigots. BTW, I just got an xbox 360 (in addition to my Wii) because network games on it are great. I guess I gotta put away my Pippin now.

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