At £170, Sony's Reader Pocket Edition PRS-300 is the most affordable of the three ebook readers we've seen recently. It's also relatively basic, lacking the integrated wireless bookstore of Amazon's £220 Reader Touch Edition PRS-600., and the arguably pointless touchscreen of Sony's £240
Easy as A, B, C, D, e-ink
If you've been waiting for a pocketable, no-nonsense ebook reader, the Pocket is it. If the Kindle were an iPhone, the Pocket would be an . It's simple, it does one main job and it does it extremely well.
The Pocket has the same vital organ as almost all ebook readers: an easy-to-read e-ink display that only draws battery power when loading pages. Once the screen has refreshed, it is, to all intents and purposes, switched off, so you'll suffer no more eyestrain from reading the Pocket's screen than you'll get from reading a printed piece of paper.
You can comfortably hold the Pocket in the palm of your hand, and read for hours without suffering any eyeball fatigue. Add to that the fact that it can store over 300 paperback books in its 512MB of internal memory, and you can pretty much guarantee you'll neither be bored on holiday nor troubled by trying to find recharge points. Note that, unlike the Touch, the Pocket's memory is unfortunately not expandable with SD cards.
Buying books is still a pain
Online ebook stores are still somewhat in their infancy, including the one for Amazon's popular Kindle. With the Pocket, you can buy from any store that offers books in the widely used ePub format. Waterstone's is the best such site in the UK, offering thousands of popular titles. But, as well as being a pain to navigate, the site is by no means well-stocked, and we struggled to find a number of popular titles that we wanted to buy.