I’ve wanted an e-reader since before they were invented. I’ve always wanted a way to store lots of great books without carrying heavy books around all day. When e-readers were finally released, I was thrilled but until the Sony Reader Touch Edition (PRS-600), the technology hadn’t met my needs. Now that I’ve had a Sony Reader for over 2 months; I don’t know how I’ve lived without one.
#1 Touch Screen
The Sony Reader PRS-600 has an inbuilt touch screen that uses e-ink technology. This feature was the main reason that I decided to drop $300 bucks on this reader instead of going with another e-reader and is the main difference between the Touch Edition and the Pocket Edition. The touch screen opens up the user experience with this e-reader and has really improved the way I read books.
The Sony Reader Touch Edition (PRS-600) has an ultraportable weight of 10 oz. Before I purchased the Sony Reader, I carried around at least 3 books every day (including a dictionary) wherever I went – with the PRS-600, I carry 548 books (at the moment) at all times without hurting my shoulders or adding any extra weight at all.
#3 Inbuilt Dictionaries
The Touch Edition (PRS-600) has an inbuilt New Oxford American Dictionary and New Oxford Dictionary of English which comes in handy when reading novels that you might not understand right away. The inbuilt dictionary has allowed me to build my vocabulary quicker, never be left guessing the definition of a word, and allows me to get the most understanding out of the books that I read. If you want to find out the definition of a word, it’s as simple as double tapping the word and the definition pops up at the bottom of the screen.
Unlike with the Sony Reader Pocket Edition (PRS-300); the Sony Reader Touch Edition, allows you to use your e-reader as an MP3 player that easily synchs with Windows Media Player. I ride the bus, and I’d prefer to read and listen to the music of my choice as opposed to trying to drown out the loud nonsense that can be heard on a bus on the South Side of Chicago. Even when not listening to music, I wear headphones, which I’ve found, makes people not bother me as often when I’m reading. The Audio option makes it easy to listen to audio books or learn an extra language on your free time.
#5 Create/Edit Notes
Creating and editing notes is another way that the PRS-600 sets itself apart from its competitors. With the Touch Edition of the Sony Reader you can highlight text, write notes, and create bookmarks. The great thing about it is that you can go to the main menu and pull up all your notes in a very convenient way, allowing you to review all the content you forgot to go back and review with text you highlighted in traditional books.
#6 Zoom and Orientation
Have you ever wanted to make the text of a traditional book bigger or wanted to read it sideways? With the Sony Reader Touch Edition, you’re able to switch to five different font sizes (S, M, L, XL, and XXL), zoom in on text, and change the orientation of your e-reader to read sideways. This makes it easy for you to view your ebooks at your desired settings and reduces the eyestrain that goes along with reading traditional books.
#7 Different Book Formats
The Sony Reader Touch Edition supports PDF, ePub, CHM, TXT, DOC, DOCX, LRF, RTF, and most other popular ebook formats. This allows you to be very versatile in the selection of books that you add to your Sony Reader. I’m able to type drafts for articles and notes from work to read directly on my Sony Reader, which eliminates shifting through notebooks and is more efficient.
#8 Expandable Memory Slots
The PRS-600 unlike the PRS-300 (Pocket Edition) allows you to upgrade from its 400 MB internal hard drive with two 16 GB SD and Memory Card slots- Giving you up to 32 GB of upgradeable memory. 32 GB is ideal for storing a library of books and importing as much audio as you can handle.
#9 Battery Life
The PRS-600 boasts a battery life of up to 2 full weeks or 7,500 continuous page turns. You know you won’t run out of battery life while out for the day and 2 weeks of battery life makes the Sony Reader ideal for those long road trips where you know you’ll be stuck without being able to charge for a few days.
#10 Customer Support is Awesome
After using my Sony Reader Touch Edition for about a month, I “broke” it (broke is in quotes for a reason). I tried for two days to fix it on my own before finally calling it quits and giving Sony’s customer support a ring. The customer assistant was very nice, walked me through common troubleshooting techniques, and was very patient with me. Sony wasn’t able to fix the problem over the phone, so they offered to send a new Sony Reader and I’d just have to return the broken one when the new one arrived. I was relieved because I expected to be without my reader for over a month while they tried to fix it. Two business days after the phone call, I had a brand new Sony Reader.