By September 7, 2008

Sony Reader eBook PRS-505

The more observant of you will have already noticed and know of this cool device, but with the recent press highlights of it we thought we ought to see just what all the fuss is about!

Well it seems it is a revolutionary bit of kit.

In short the Sony Reader eBook PRS-505 is an electronic book with a very clever screen that is not backlight, and is really thin so it feels a bit like a book and you need light to read from it.  Its internal memory will allow up to 160 ebooks to be stored whilst memory card slots allow for even more expansion.  With an impressive battery life, the Reader will allow for 6,800 page turns.

Our friends at Clove Technology expect to have the Sony Reader eBook PRS-505  in stock this coming week.



Overview of Sony Reader eBook PRS-505:

Experience the joy of reading your favorite books-all stored digitally in one compact mobile device. The slimmer, redesigned Reader eBook lets you carry a stack of books in one hand.

The Sony Reader eBook holds about 160 eBooks or hundreds more with optional removable memory cards.

Smaller than a typical paperback, 8mm thick and very light: it’s a stylish unit that fits in your coat pocket. Its portable size makes it the perfect travel companion; allowing you to read a variety of books whenever and wherever you want. Its long battery life lasts up to 6,800 continuous page turns, and the amazing paper-like screen technology is easy on the eyes.

A perfect companion, with a compact and lightweight design, you can take it almost anywhere and read your books whenever and wherever you want.

More compact than many paperbacks, it weighs about 9 ounces (without cover), is 1/3" thin. You can easily hold it in one hand.

The Reader eBook provides a new way to experience reading. It boasts an impressive 6-inch display, utilising a breakthrough E Ink technology that’s almost paper-like, making it easy to read, even in bright sunshine. In addition, the screen allows for high contrast and high resolution, with a near 180º viewing angle. The text can also be magnified for sight-impaired readers.

The Sony Reader eBook isn’t just about reading eBooks. Using the included eBook Library 2.0 PC Software, you can easily transfer Adobe PDF documents, Microsoft Word documents, BBeB Book, and other text file formats to the Reader, allowing you the flexibility to access and view multiple files at any time.


Features of Sony Reader eBook PRS-505

    • Easy to use menu and simple, intuitive controls

    • Add bookmarks, read page-by-page or "fast forward" through the book

    • Automatically find the page you were last reading.

    • Call up your stored books quickly: by author, title or date

    • MemoryStick  DUO and SD Card slots allow you to optionally increase capacity up to approximately 13000 titles!

    • Very low power consumption

    • Can be fully charged in only 4 hours from a laptop or PC via supplied USB cable.

    • Uses the EPUB standard – the most widely used eBook type.

    • Use with headphones to listen to music while you read (MP3 or AAC files).

    • All necessary software (eBook Library) plus quick start instructions supplied. Full user guide is included on PDF.

    • Complete with soft tan case


    What’s in the box of Sony Reader eBook PRS-505?

      • Sony Reader eBook PRS-505

      • Soft cover Tan, man made

      • USB Cable 

      • Quick Start guide

      • eBook Library software

      • User Guides (PDF)


      Sony Reader eBook PRS-505 specification:

      Display Screen

      Technology – E Ink® "Electronic Paper"

      Screen size (inch) – 6

      Resolution – 170 pixels per inch

      Grey scale – 8-level grey scale


      Storage Capacity

      Built in flash memory (MB) – 192 (Approx. 160 eBooks)

      MemoryStick™ MS DUO slot – YES (Approx. 13000 from 16GB Stick)

      SD Card Slot – YES



      Battery Type – Rechargeable lithium-ion

      Battery Life (reading EPUB eBooks) – Approx 6800 page turns

      Recharging Time – Four hours with USB, Two hours with optional AC charger


      Compatible Formats

      Unsecured / free eBooks & text files – EPUB eBook, BBeB Book, Adobe® PDF, Microsoft® Word, TXT, RTF

      DRM (Secure / purchased) eBooks and text files – EPUB eBooks (Adept) BBeB eBooks (Marlin)

      Unsecured Audio files – mp3, AAC (not most DRM audio)

      Image & Photo files – JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP


      General data

      Width (mm) – 122

      Height (mm) – 175.3

      Depth (mm) – 7.6

      Weight (g) – 260

      Audio Output – 3.5 mm stereo mini-jack (for headphones, etc)


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