I got a bit hyped lately about reading. I basically started reading a lot about subjects that interest me ( IT Security, personal development etc) – for more on that check my Learn section where i post details about what i read and listen to. Since carrying a lot of books with me is not my thing i decided that i should be an ebook-reader. I got into a lot of discussions about why buy an ebook reader and not a tablet, but that’s related to my requirements.
My reasons for buying one of these are:
- easy and portable way to read books – yup, you can fit smartphones and tablets in this category
- read PDFs
- e-ink screen – reading on an LCD (like on your laptop) can get really tiring when you’ve hit the 30th page. Even earlier.
I initialy wanted to buy a Kindle, but thanks to Amazons delivery policies (in my case being Denmark), i didn’t. After extensively reading and watching reviews i decided to go for the Sony Reader PRS-T3. Like my last 2 gadgets i bought it from ElGiganten for 999kr (aprox. 140 euros). I got it delivered along with an attached snap-case and mini-usb cable.
- Screen size – 6″ (15,2 cm)
- Resolution – 758 X 1024
- Touchscreen – yes
- Wifi – B, G, N
- Ebook screen refresh time – 0.7 sec
- Integrated memory – 2 GB
- Memory – available slot, up to 32gb microsd
- Dimensions – 109 X 11.3 X 160 mm
- Weight – 200g (really light)
- File format support – .TXT , .PDF , .EPUB
- really lightweight – you can barely feel it
- handwriting feature – you can take notes (either with your hands or with a stylus pen) right on the page you’re reading
- web integration (web browser, post to facebook, save notes to evernote)
- no built-in light (but you can buy a cover with light, a bit expensive though)
- lag/unresponsivness – depending on how the PDF you are reading has been created, it may lag a bit when you try to reflow the text or even scroll to the next page. Instead of swiping for the next page you should better use the buttons.
Conclusions upon buying and usage
PDF reading – even though the Sony Reader is recommended as a PDF friendly ereader, the thing is that PDFs aren’t ebooks. They are made to be printed not to be read on ebook-readers.
Format conversion – if you want the best reading experience on an ereader you should definately get some .MOBI or .EPUB books. Or, if not available, try to convert your PDFs to one of the above formats. Depending on the way the PDF has been created you can get a nice or not-so-nice ebook.
Portability – being really lightweight and slim, i find it really pleasing to carry it with me.