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Sony Reader – Part 2

Nov - 13 - 2007
Nicole C. Engard

This weekend I saw/posted about the Sony E-book reader … now I read on Crunch Gear that it may not be as cool as it looks.

According to Gordon Meyer over at 43 Folders, the Sony PRS-505 eBook reader is pretty close to perfect until you try to drop a few PDF files onto it. “None of my PDF files were remotely close to readable on this thing,” he says. He then details several different cumbersome options for converting PDFs to more legible formats but ultimately ended up returning the device. This is disappointing for something that claims it's compatible with one of the most ubiquitous text formats around and the thought of spending $300 and then having to reformat and/or convert many of the files you want to read is silly. Does anyone have one of these that can speak to the PDF issues?

Oh well …

5 Responses so far.

  1. John says:

    That was my experience with it too.. Also, it doesn’t support CHM files, which is just plain silly. I can’t say that I’ve been terribly impressed with it.

  2. John says:

    That was my experience with it too.. Also, it doesn’t support CHM files, which is just plain silly. I can’t say that I’ve been terribly impressed with it.

  3. Nicole says:

    Oh well – I guess looking “sexy” isn’t everything

  4. Nicole says:

    Oh well – I guess looking “sexy” isn’t everything

  5. Sajid says:

    Dear JOHN, Nicole and all you contemplating buyers of Sony reader,
    I recently bought Sony PRS505 and i should say it really rocks. Sony has introduced very excellent reflow feature that takes care of all the PDF related issues. Try it out in your latest store before you buy, 5 minutes of working with the device will convince you.

    Good Luck and enjoy reading.


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