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With the Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-350SC Sony wants to take eReaders even more on-the-go than they already are. It’s a bit smaller than most readers with a 5 inch screen that uses the E Ink display. There are 2 gigabytes of internal memory which is supposed to carry about 1200 books. It reads Word Docs, ePub, and PDF formats. The screen is also a touch with a virtual keyboard and comes with a stylus pen for free hand writing on the screen.
- 5 inch screen
- 2 GBs internal memory
- Word Docs, ePub, PDF compatible
- E Ink display
- Touchscreen with stylus pen
Digital Trends’ eReader Buying Tips:
3G data plan or Wi-Fi?
Internet access is vital to e-readers. As cool as these gadgets are, without the Internet, they can’t do much of anything. The majority of e-book readers access the Internet via Wi-Fi. The main reasons to use the net are for downloading new books, accessing the Web, or viewing new newspapers or magazines. However, Amazon and Barnes & Noble offer versions of their e-readers with lifetime 3G access built in, which allows your Kindle or Nook to connect to the Web using cellular networks like AT&T. The 3G models run about $50 more than Wi-Fi-only versions, but when you really want to download a new book and aren’t at home, 3G access comes in handy.
Book stores and App stores
Making sure your device has an intuitive OS is important, but knowing that it has the books that you hope to read is vital. E-readers are tied to a single store. Before buying an e-reader, visit the Kindle or Nook websites to search for a few books you may want to read. Does your favorite device have the books you want? If not, consider the competition.
What are E-readers?
E-book readers are devices designed specifically for reading text. They’re made for people who enjoy reading novels and other long articles. Most e-readers have monochrome E-Ink screens, which mimic the look of ink on paper. E-Ink screens are great at displaying text and easy to read in the sunlight, but can’t pull off moving video. Most e-readers don’t have a backlight either, so nighttime reading requires a reading lamp. Long battery life, low prices, and simple e-book store access characterize the majority of these devices. The Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook are the most popular options.
There are versions that feature full LCD touchscreens and video like the Nook Color. Though an e-book reader at heart, the device has a seven inch, full color touchscreen and runs on Google’s Android OS, a smartphone and tablet operating system. It offers moving video, slick magazines, fast web browsing, doc and productivity software, and a small app store.
All of the most popular e-readers are under $400, and many low-end readers cost less than $100. Standard editions of the Kindle, Sony Reader, and Nook all cost under $200. Best of all, many of these devices have free lifetime 3G access built into them.