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    eReader books

    I'm getting a Sony Reader sometime over the next week and have been hunting down eBook sellers.

    So far I've got Blackwell (Academic specialist, not that useful for me), ePubBook (free stuff mainly, and some e-Vanity publishing as far as I can tell), Waterstones and WHSmiths. I'm just wondering if anyone knows any others out there, or can recommend any particular sites with free/cheap self-published books which are above the average for quality?

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    I have a Sony Reader (and so does the wife). Brilliant bit of kit.

    We mainly buy from Waterstones as they have some good deals. If you are into history I can recommend 'Quartered Safe out Here' - an account of serving in Burma during the second world war.

    I've downloaded a few files from file sharing sites but haven't looked at them yet. Naughty I know. Tsk.

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    Project Gutenberg is definitely worth a look - gutenberg.org

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    Slightly off-topic, how well do PDFs get rendered by the Sony Reader thingies?

    There's a wealth of PDF-based reading out there (particularly technical stuff) and the Reader would be an ideal thing for carrying around service manuals, etc. if image reproduction is OK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ric_ View Post
    Slightly off-topic, how well do PDFs get rendered by the Sony Reader thingies?

    There's a wealth of PDF-based reading out there (particularly technical stuff) and the Reader would be an ideal thing for carrying around service manuals, etc. if image reproduction is OK.
    A large part of the reason I'm getting it. I'll let you know how well it does once I've got my hands on it.

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    They are £179 in Waterstones now. Which probably means there is a new model on the way.
    I would go into Waterstones with some pdf's on a memory stick and ask to try them out. If they want the sale they should be able to accommodate you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJonas View Post
    They are £179 in Waterstones now. Which probably means there is a new model on the way.
    PRS-300 and PRS-600

    Sony Reader - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    http://www.engadget.com/2009/08/03/f...0-and-prs-600/
    Last edited by JJonas; 25th August 2009 at 03:20 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJonas View Post
    They are £179 in Waterstones now. Which probably means there is a new model on the way.
    I would go into Waterstones with some pdf's on a memory stick and ask to try them out. If they want the sale they should be able to accommodate you.
    Yep, I know, but I quite liked the look of this model.

    Picked it up twenty minutes ago. Unfortunately I'm back in work now, and on a trip for the next couple of days so I don't know when I'll get to play with it.

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    I've got the PRS-505. It's worth getting the charger at Waterstones too for another 20 quid.

    I use mine to look at PDFs and picture files and the image quality is superb. The audio isn't bad either.

    The beastie takes ProDuo and SD cards as well so storage isn't a problem.

    You also get over a hundred classic books with it as well.

    I took mine to India and it was brilliant - much better than lugging a load of paperbacks around and everybody on the flights who saw it said they were going to get one.

    Here's a link to the new readers that are coming out.
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    Just bought the PRS 505 from play.com for 169 which includes the tri fold case and free delivery. Also purchased one of those cases with a light panel that swivels across the screen for night reading from Amazon for about 30 quid.

    Just could not resist any more. Have been dying for one of these for soooooooo long. This thread just made me get one.

    Was holding back for ages because i had seen the PRS 700 was newer and not available in the UK but that seems to be discontinued now with the new touchscreen 600 out soon.

    The reason i got the 505 is because i saw some videos of the image quality on the new 600 version and was very disapointed compared to the 505 which does not have a touchscreen (not really vital to me). The 505 also seems a bargain at 169.

    Here is a video of the 2 side by side. I read more forums and reviews and everyone seems to agree the new version has a poor image.

    Video: Sony PRS-600 Touch is fast but too dim to satisfy PRS-505 owner

    Oh and i forgot to say, did not really consider the smaller 5 inch prs 300 because i saw a video of all 3 and it looked too small with the text on screen. Much prefer the larger 6 inch display of the 505.

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    I agree. The PRS-505 image is superb. Sometimes I forget and think I'm reading an actual book and go to turn the page as you would with a real book!

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    So what are they like with PDf's?

    Im thinking of filling one with IT books

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    I'll do some screen shots tomorrow and upload them.

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