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by burbly / July 1, 2010 11:59 PM PDT


I'm looking to buy an e-reader, but I'm generally overwhelmed by the range of choice. Any advice would be very much appreciated... my criteria are:

-- I want something that can read a range of formats (including pdf)
-- I don't want to use wireless, simply to transfer files from my PC
-- I need something that will be readable under direct sunlight
-- I don't need a lot of storage capacity
-- I don't particularly need long battery life
-- I don't want something that is backlit (I find reading extensively on computer screens tiring)
-- I don't need any extra functionality
-- a 6" screen would be preferred but isn't absolutely necessary
-- I'm based in the UK, but I could order something from the US (especially if it works out cheaper)

I'd heard good things about the Sony e-readers, but some searching suggested that the 6" models have a problem with glare under bright lights. As I said, I would really appreciate any advice that you could give...

Thanks and best wishes,

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So what you are asking for.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 2, 2010 2:07 AM PDT
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Does such a thing exist? Here I have a Kindle and it's PDF support is not that great but the iPad fails you. But did you try it?

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by burbly / July 2, 2010 5:57 AM PDT


Thanks for the reply. I've only tried a friend's Kindle (while visiting the States). That seemed fantastic, but as far as I could tell from searches it was fairly restricted to buying books from Amazon.

I haven't tried the IPad, but really I am looking for something cheaper -- I don't need the video playback functionality etc. etc. -- just something small I can read books on. The Sony readers (which another friend recommended) seem like they would be ideal except for the glare problem on the larger models. In the worst case I may buy a 5" Sony reader... but I thought that if I asked here someone might be able to suggest something better.

When you say, "Does such a thing exist?", I don't quite follow... is there a particular thing I ask for that is hard to find?

thanks and best wishes,

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I read your list
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 3, 2010 11:03 AM PDT
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And since I own the kindle and know it is not limited to amazon content the PDF support is tough on those that won't research it and try a few different methods. So it's likely off your list. I will likely get the ipad soon.

It's that or a droid (see google) thing. But my goals differ from yours. I need something I can put my apps on. No not other folk's apps, I really mean my apps. I wrote the code in C and other languages and it's really apps by me. The droid may win the next round.

And yes it appears what you are looking for may not be made yet.

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Sony PRS-600 Touch
by Wulfbait / July 13, 2010 4:17 AM PDT
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I have a Sony PRS-600 Touch, and it seems to meet all the criteria you give except the backlight screen. You may want to re-think the backlit screen. Most e-book readers use "E-ink" which needs no backlight. A backlight would ware the battery out too fast, and really, when you read a paper bok you need light, right?. The Sony PRS 600 has a 6" screen and since the fonts are sizeable you can read it just fine under almost any light conditions. It loads all formats and does not use wireless. Also the price has just dropped to about $150 so it is a super deal. It has room for 350 books as it comes from the factory and it has slots for SD card and Sony's own memory card so you can expamd it to a rediculas size if you want.

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