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    Created: 01/01/08

    Not paper, but makes up for a lot

    I bought this because I travel a lot, and hauling around 2 (or 3 or 4) paper books adds a lot of weight to my luggage.
    I miss holding paper books, and miss the ability to flip back to somewhere earlier in the book to check a reference.
    On the other hand, the screen is great, the battery life is fantastic and I have 75 books on the internal memory and space left.
    The built-in MP3 player reminds me of the very first MP3 players - no playlists, no random or loop features, but it works. Don't use it myself, but it's there if I want it.

    Screen quality
    Simple and well-designed interface
    Good price vs. the 505 (which is quite a bit better, but also loads more expensive)

    Sony's software won't convert HTML files (but will do RTF???) although libprs is a good alternative
    Sony's software won't run on 64bit Vista (nor does their website mention this small but important detail)
    No page turn buttons on the right side

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    Created: 01/02/07

    Book works well with a few negatives

    I like
    1.Not using battery when reading, just turning pages.
    2. Site is faster-they just improved.
    Do not like,
    1. Not back lit
    2. Does not take ereader books
    3. Buttons are in wrong location -should be page turner on right side in lieu of two on left side.

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    Created: 07/15/11

    Have not used it yet.

    Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

    have not used it yet.

    I finally got around to using it and find it reliable and simple to use. Not fancy features. hhfghhffhffhfhfhfhfhfhfhfhfhfh​fhfhfhfhfhfhfhfhfhfhfhfhfhfhfh​fhfhfhfhfhfhfhfhfhfhfh

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    Created: 10/24/07

    Library Books

    I like my reader very much, but have a question. Does anyone know if I can load library ebooks on it?

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    Created: 01/08/11

    Sony PRS-500 Reader

    This was bought as a Christmas present to me from my husband, but not really the one I would have chosen. It was a used unit so some of the things were not included that would have been in a new one. But I love it! It took me about 5 minutes after connecting it to the computer to download the software to get me to the store to purchase books. And to drag the book to the reader for downloading takes no more than 2 seconds. I think the cost of books themselves are a little prohibitive to buying a whole lot at one time, but there are some good deals. I like the fact that I can change the size of the font to a bigger size for my not so good eyes and the 2 different options on how to turn the page. The bookmarks aren't really necessary if you read just one book at a time and don't need to go to the main menu everytime you turn it on. Menus are simple and easy to follow if you don't have a manual which I didn't get with it, but was able to download from the internet. It is light and perfect for my use as I do not need an attached light or ability to do anything other than read a book. I do wish I had more luck in finding a cover to fit since every reader seems to be a different size so the covers are not compatible. To be able to slip this in a handbag for a trip to an appointment where you are likely to have to sit and wait is so much more efficient than trying to stuff in a fat book. Would definitely buy again!

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