Feeds
80%
Sony PRS-600 Reader Touch Edition

Sony Reader PRS-600 Touch Edition

Real page turner?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

Whip out the 105mm-long stylus and you can select blocks of copy, or make notes on the pages you are reading and save them for future reference. You can also make handwritten memos, but the thin black lines created when you write on the screen aren't particularly pleasing to the eye and the drawn line can take a moment or two to catch up with what the stylus is doing so memos of more than a few words are best typed using the virtual keyboard.

It's all a bit tablet computing circa 1992, in that regard.

The virtual keyboard also allows readers to search for words in the book they are reading.

Sony PRS-600 Reader Touch Edition

Not quite the same as a stroll down Charing Cross Road

The only real niggle we had with the UI was the with the main library view. To scroll up or down you have to use the rather narrow bar on the right of the screen rather than just swipe up and down in any old place.

Format support is a direct carryover from the 505, so the 600 can handle EPub eBook and BBeB Book – with and without DRM – as well as PDF, Word, plain text and RTF files. If you want some music, the 600 can play DRM-free AAC and MP3 files, though Sony still hasn't seen fit to let users view list of audio files in any way other than alphabetically by song title or artist.

If you want to look at still images in greyscale you can do so, with JPEG, GIF, PNG and BMP files all supported.

Sony has also warmed over its eBook Library application, which allows Windows and now also Mac users to view their e-books, transfer content to the Reader and update the gadget's firmware as necessary. It also provides direct links to Waterstones', WH Smith's and Border's e-book stores and an online shop selling Reader accessories.

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Next page: Verdict

More from The Register

next story
Nice computers don’t need to go to the toilet, says Barclays
Bad computers might ask if you are Sarah Connor
4K video on terrestrial TV? Not if the WRC shares frequencies to mobiles
Have your say with Ofcom now, before Freeview becomes Feeview
YES, iPhones ARE getting slower with each new release of iOS
Old hardware doesn't get any faster with new software
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
You didn't get the MeMO? Asus Pad 7 Android tab is ... not bad
Really, er, stands out among cheapie 7-inchers
Apple winks at parents: C'mon, get your kid a tweaked Macbook Pro
Cheapest models given new processors, more RAM
VMware builds product executables on 50 Mac Minis
And goes to the Genius Bar for support
Leaked Windows Phone 8.1 Update specs tease details of Nokia's next mobes
New screen sizes, dual SIMs, voice over LTE, and more
Microsoft stands on shore as tablet-laden boat sails away
Brit buyers still not falling for Windows' charms
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.