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Old 02-04-2010, 05:44 PM   #1
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Is the 505 for me?

I really like what I've read about the 505 and I'm trying to convince my wife that I need one for school, several of our textbooks came out in PDF form. But I'd like to have more than that to justify the purchase for myself. Being a student I was wondering if the 505 would let me take notes, and/or edit the PDF's that I've viewing? Also, I know that I could borrow books from the library to read on it, but is it possible on the 505 (or any reader for that matter) to read newspapers, periodicals, etc? Are these things available for e-readers? Complete novice here, appreciate any and all advice. TIA!
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I really like what I've read about the 505 and I'm trying to convince my wife that I need one for school, several of our textbooks came out in PDF form. But I'd like to have more than that to justify the purchase for myself. Being a student I was wondering if the 505 would let me take notes, and/or edit the PDF's that I've viewing? Also, I know that I could borrow books from the library to read on it, but is it possible on the 505 (or any reader for that matter) to read newspapers, periodicals, etc? Are these things available for e-readers? Complete novice here, appreciate any and all advice. TIA!
No, no, no!

The Sony 505 handles pdf's poorly. There's heaps of threads on this forum discussing that. It won't let you take notes or edit, either. The 505 is only suitable for entertainment reading - novels and popular non-fiction without tables, footnotes or illustrations.

For student purposes, you'd be much better off with a laptop.

As my mother would say: "You don't NEED it. You just WANT it."
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Old 02-04-2010, 07:02 PM   #4
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No, no, no!

As my mother would say: "You don't NEED it. You just WANT it."
Excatly. But I would use it for other things as well. I *have* a laptop, and I'm going to school for computers, so there's one on eveery desk. I want it mostly for other reading, the fact that I could use it to store some of my textbooks is an added benefit but not the only reason I'm getting an e-reader.
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Old 02-04-2010, 07:02 PM   #5
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Old 02-04-2010, 10:01 PM   #6
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jrl007, you should look at the 600 and 900 readers. They have touch screens and allow you to take notes.
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Maybe just a linux netbook is what you need... you can get one for about the same price.
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I love the 505, but for textbook reading, I wouldn't recommend it. It doesn't have note-taking capability, and from what I understand the screen size is likely to make reading PDFs of your textbooks difficult. I believe larger-screen readers are generally recommended for textbook/technical reading, but I've never used one, so I can't say.

I do believe the Sony 600 and 900 support note-taking, though screen size is still an issue. You can read periodicals on e-readers, but having never tried that I'm unsure how well it works.
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I can't imagine using the 505 for school. It's nice for casual reading but for textbooks and such, I would stay away from it.

I remembering having to flip back and forth through my textbook and that seems a bit hard to replicate in todays e-readers due to slow refresh rates.
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I can't imagine using the 505 for school. It's nice for casual reading but for textbooks and such, I would stay away from it.

I remembering having to flip back and forth through my textbook and that seems a bit hard to replicate in todays e-readers due to slow refresh rates.
Thanks all for the replies and advice. I haven't been able to find a 505 in my price range, so I'll have to get something else. I was looking on E-bay and the 300 is going for about $150 so I may have to get that one. There are a few other brands in that range that I might look into as well.

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Thanks all for the replies and advice. I haven't been able to find a 505 in my price range, so I'll have to get something else. I was looking on E-bay and the 300 is going for about $150 so I may have to get that one. There are a few other brands in that range that I might look into as well.

Thanks again!
The 300 is actually going to handle PDFs pretty much the same, if not worse, than the 505. It's a great device for pleasure reading, or reading books formatted for the device, but textbooks and other PDF books are just not going to work well on either.

Honestly, it looks like your price range pretty much excludes you from any device capable of handling these, except for maybe a refurb netbook.
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