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Old 06-13-2010, 08:15 PM   #1
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Quick question regarding feature

I have been reading this forum for a little while now, though I don't have an e-reader just yet. I believe I have whittled the list down to the PRS-900. Thanks for all of the great information

My question is: Does the PRS-900 have the ability to "goto page"? Does that exist when viewing pdf's? Oh, and is there a search feature? I haven't had the opportunity to actually play with the 900, yet, but I am hoping that the Sony Style store near my work has one that I can peruse... and possibly leave with after purchasing.

I hope this hasn't been covered anywhere on this forum, I searched but didn't find it.

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It does have a go to page function, and it's usable with PDFs.

It also has a Search function, usable through the virtual keyboard. (Options > Search, keyboard pops up and lets you choose what to search for) Obviously this wont work on scanned PDFs.

These are true of both the 600 and 900.
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I have been reading this forum for a little while now, though I don't have an e-reader just yet. I believe I have whittled the list down to the PRS-900. Thanks for all of the great information

My question is: Does the PRS-900 have the ability to "goto page"? Does that exist when viewing pdf's? Oh, and is there a search feature? I haven't had the opportunity to actually play with the 900, yet, but I am hoping that the Sony Style store near my work has one that I can peruse... and possibly leave with after purchasing.

I hope this hasn't been covered anywhere on this forum, I searched but didn't find it.

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Old 06-14-2010, 12:07 AM   #4
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Thanks, dorino, for the super-quick reply and good info. I appreciate it.

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Be warned, PDF zoom is reset when you change the page. I'm not sure about whether this is a good thing for me, I don't much use PDFs.
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Thanks, dorino, I will make a note of that.

I have tons of PDFs, though I am interested in moving my books to ePubs and the like. Not converting, but rather purchasing ePub or other formats that will just look good on my screen, whatever I end up buying.

I was fairly convinced I wanted the PRS-900, though I am now wondering if that is more than I need or if the extra 1.1 inch is worth the extra $100. I am thinking so as it comes with an actual charger and hardcase... I don't know. We'll see.
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The 600's on sale at Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, etal., now come with the cover bundled.
You're still on your own for a charger, but they can had for less than $5.
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Thanks, dorino, I will make a note of that.

I have tons of PDFs, though I am interested in moving my books to ePubs and the like. Not converting, but rather purchasing ePub or other formats that will just look good on my screen, whatever I end up buying.

I was fairly convinced I wanted the PRS-900, though I am now wondering if that is more than I need or if the extra 1.1 inch is worth the extra $100. I am thinking so as it comes with an actual charger and hardcase... I don't know. We'll see.
All the Sony readers are currently on sale. I've owned every Sony Reader model except the original 500. I can tell you the screen on the 900 is a lot better than on the 600. The extra $100 was worth it to me for a better screen, an AC charger, a built in cover, and a good Case Logic case for carrying it in luggage etc.
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Thanks for the input, jswinden, I was ready to throw down the cash yesterday on the 900, though I have since decided to wait a little bit.

I had a chance to go to the Sony Style store and spend about 45 minutes with the three different PRS models. I took off my glasses and was able to read on the smallest font setting on all three models (at a comfortable reading distance, not right on my nose), that is impressive as my eyes are terrible. Overall I was very impressed with all of the models. I cannot imagine buying a 300, it is a wonderful device, but the screen is very small. The 600 was great but the screen still seemed a little small. The 900 was really nice and I would love to have brought it home with me... ...but

I have lingering questions as to what I really want out of the reader and I know there are other models out there and I want to make sure I am happy with what I purchase. The only gripe I have about the 900 is... wait for it. The contrast is a little off. I imagine I can deal with the glare, that isn't such a bad thing, but I played with the nook over the last weekend and was impressed with the upper screen. It was very crisp and clear with what I thought was very good contrast. However, the nook has its own issues that will need to be dealt with before I buy one of them. I also heard that there were two more models of nook's as well as a new kindle and the Acer LumiRead coming out and that made me pause and say: "maybe I should wait to see what is coming so I can make a well informed decision"

For the record, I am super excited to get one, I guess I am just nervous. Also, I read a bunch of technical books for software development that seem to end up as paper weights around the house after a new version of whatever language I am reading about and working with is released. That was the driving force for me, and my wife was like: "Finally, a way to get rid of these books" I usually have backup pdf versions of my tech books which I keep both at work and at home in case I don't feel like pulling out the actual book. I have registered a bunch of the books at O'Reilly and I am looking to pick a bunch of them and purchase the ePub version so I don't have issues with reflow... but I won't be able to get ePub versions of all of the pdf's that I have and that is one of the deciding factors for me. I did see a video review of some eReader where the reviewer was saying that whatever device she was playing with didn't have as good of a capability to reflow as Sony. I did find that interesting.

I am thinking about putting some pdfs on an SD card and trying them out at the Sony Style store to see how well they do.

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