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Old 02-11-2009, 09:28 PM   #1
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Painfully slow boot up on PRS-500

I have the PRS-500 and an SD card of around 1500 books. I love having my full collection with me when I travel, however if the machine ever has to be rebooted it takes "hours" to start up.
I don't know what it is doing.
I am just wondering if anyone else experiences this or how this compares with the Kindle or other devices.
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Old 02-11-2009, 09:54 PM   #2
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When you move eBooks onto the reader or memory card without using the Sony eBook library, they are unpaginated and the reader spends a lot of time scrolling through and adding page numbers.
This is trying to one's patience and uses up the battery unnecessarily.

If you insert the SD card into the reader and use eBook library to transfer to the SD card via the reader, you get the books prepaginated and your boot up time will improve dramatically.
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Old 02-12-2009, 03:25 AM   #3
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I had this problem with my 500; I eventually gave up using a memory card because it made everything so slow.

I've just bought a 505, and I'm curious to know whether it behaves in the same way. But I note that the 505 has no more sophisticated ways of organizing a collection than the 500 had, so stuffing the thing with 5000 books might just lead to being unable to find anything :/
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Old 02-12-2009, 03:29 AM   #4
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The 505 allows you to have collections on a memory card; on the 500 they were supported only in internal memory.
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Thanks Patricia for the tip. I guess I'll just have to load up the internal memory with the books I need and leave the card out. It certainly works faster, but I do like the "security" of carrying my entire library with me in a small device when I travel. thanks also to kevin_boone for his comments on the 505. I have been thinking of upgrading the reader but with so many books in sony format I would hate to have to convert them to Kindle and the 505 doesn't sound like it would offer that much of an upgrade.
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the 505 doesn't sound like it would offer that much of an upgrade.
The 505 has a drastically better screen; it really is hugely better than the 1st generation eInk screen that the 500 has. Enormously better contrast and much easier to read in poor light than the 500's screen.
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