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Old 03-01-2010, 10:56 PM   #1
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PRS-600: I think I'm taking the plunge!

After a good deal of research, I think I'm going to get the PRS-600. I went to the Sony store today to fondle one. Told myself I wouldn't buy it until I slept on it.

For those that have one, anything I should know before I jump in?

Specifically, am I going to have to charge it overnight before I can start reading?

Should I put one of those "glare reducing" screen protector films or is the screen pretty resilient to scratching/dirt?

Should I install the Sony software or can I just use Calibre and/or Adobe Digital Editions?

Is it worth it to buy the AC adapter or will USB charging do? (I always have a computer around and on, fwiw)

Other comments from the peanut gallery are certainly welcome!

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Old 03-02-2010, 01:13 AM   #2
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I Love The situation you're in! Awaiting a new gadget, planning the first few hours of companionship (perhaps I get too attached!).

I have no suggestions I just wanted to say enjoy the 600

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I started using my reader once the little red light turned off (I didn't wait for overnight charging as I don't know why it should be better than just waiting until the electronics shut off charging anyways). I'm charging through psp charger. I don't like too much stuff around my work desk that is connected to the pc. I think this depends on your likes.
I've checked the glare screens, and whatever I found it said glare would be reduced (allthough everyone wrote it wasn't bad anyways) but also contrast. I won't get an anti glare screen as I cannot see the benefit to spend somewhere around 10-30 bucks for something that doesn't have the effect I want to see.

So go out and get one. It's really awesome if you like to read and have electronic gadgets (awesome combination).

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Old 03-02-2010, 02:16 AM   #4
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As soon as possible (ideally within the first 30 days if the place you bought it from offers exchanges within that period), make sure your PRS-600 does not suffer from the dreaded "e-ink fade in sunlight" problem. It doesn't seem to affect every PRS-600, but a number of people have noticed this, including myself. The reader is perfectly usable, even if afflicted. You just need to turn the screen away from the sun each time you turn a page or access a new menu screen. But supposedly, you shouldn't have to put up with this.

Beyond that, I'd recommend a cover, but that's a personal preference. I really like the official Sony cover. It protects the device very nicely and feels good in the hand while reading.

And, if you ever like to read at night, you might consider a bright LED book light. I like the Mighty Bright ones as they seem to have the right color temperature to really bring out the contrast between the text and background on the PRS-600.

I also like using a PSP-style charger. Mine's a "knock-off" made by JSD and seems to work just fine. (Just make sure it's rated to charge a PSP.)

Depending on where your books will be coming from, you may want to learn a few things about different formats and conversion tools. I think Calibre is a "given." It works really well with the PRS-600. Certainly ADE if you're going to be buying books or borrowing them from the library.

Of course you don't have to figure all this stuff out immediately. Take your time and continue asking questions here. There are a lot of helpful, knowledgeable people here!

Enjoy!!
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Old 03-02-2010, 05:30 AM   #5
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BUY, BUY, BUY

The PRS-600 is wonderful, install the Reader Library , ADE, and Calibre which is fantastic,

My 600 arrived a few days ago, I loved it, and had no problems at first, It did after four days freeze up, but I'm getting it sorted,

The fact is I STILL thoroughly recomend the 600 wholeheartedly,

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Old 03-02-2010, 05:44 AM   #6
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I love my 600! I got it for Christmas and as soon as I unwrapped it I turned it on to check it out. I was only patient enough to let it charge for about an hour and the battery was okay but it wasn't full.

I highly recommend Calibre for library management but you have to use the Sony software if you want to purchase books from the Sony store. Don't worry too much about Adobe Digital Editions because if/when you need to download it, you'll get a prompt. I've only used it maybe twice in two months.

You can probably skip the wall charger if you always have a computer. I have one from Sony and I don't use it too terribly often.

I didn't get a screen protector for mine just because I'm always careful and I'm paranoid about putting sticky things on screens. I'm afraid it'll start to peel off, then dust/dirt will get underneath, and it will look gross. Then I will peel it off and it'll leave a nasty residue. Anyway maybe this is obsessive but I've been fine without one.

Let us know when you get it!
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Enjoy that 600! I concur with others and suggest a PSP or the regular Sony Reader wall charger. Get the barrel connection one, and you will have less chance of charging problems. Enjoy!
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I don't have the 600, but the 900 and I love it. Go for it!
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Old 03-02-2010, 09:50 AM   #9
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Thanks for your encouragement!

I'm going to try to make it down to the Sony store today, but I've got a full schedule and may not make it until tomorrow.

Once I get it, I will try to post a photo and some first impressions.
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Old 03-02-2010, 10:11 AM   #10
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Definitely put a picture up! It's always good to see a newborn gadget!
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Old 03-02-2010, 03:48 PM   #11
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I say go for it. The PRS-600 is AWESOME.
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...Told myself I wouldn't buy it until I slept on it....
Sounds uncomfortable!

But seriously, enjoy your 600, I think that's what I'd pick if I was in the market for new one!
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Specifically, am I going to have to charge it overnight before I can start reading?
No. You can if you'd like but it's not necessary. I would buy a psp charger-much faster.

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Should I put one of those "glare reducing" screen protector films or is the screen pretty resilient to scratching/dirt?
I put a screen protector on mine to keep it from getting scratched up, I didn't want to take the chance. I ordered mine from Amazon and got the Lexerd and I am happy with it.

I have to agree with everyone else's comments-go for it. It seems that people either love it or hate it; it just so happens everyone that loves theirs is here to support you! I have 2 of them, just in case one breaks, that's how much I love mine. It is by far the most treasured possesion I have, aside from my VW Jetta

I also have to second the Calibre advice, very good program. There are plenty of free books to chose from and there are a list of websites available here. It is also nice to have 24 hour web support here at MR, lol!

Good luck and keep us updated!
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Old 03-02-2010, 10:19 PM   #14
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GOT IT!!!

I've had it out of the box about an hour and am pleased as can be. It's charging right now so I can enjoy it at full power tomorrow. Read a few pages of the "Banana book" and made a drawing with the handwriting option. Also used the dictionary feature, and had to laugh that it didn't have an entry for the word I clicked. Happily I knew what the word meant, but was doing a demo for the kids!

Bought the AC adapter, just to get it over with. My kids use a DS, not a PSP. Figures...

I'm making sure I've got software installed and configured before I go shopping for a book. I will likely save that for tomorrow. The good thing about working for a publisher is when I get into the office tomorrow, I will have several ebooks to choose from for testing purposes!

Here are some photos that I hope people will find a little different than some of the other "first photos" posted. Not sure if they're too original, but they are different.

The standard "welcome home!" photo:



The mother ship has arrived! My Sony Walkman MP3 player with the Reader:



With a US dime and nickle under the navigation buttons for scale:



I love Sony!


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Old 03-02-2010, 10:26 PM   #15
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Congradulations!!!!! Ooohhh, red-me thinks it's pretty!

Psst-make sure you get the epub version or you will be highly disppointed. I couldn't think of anything worse than getting excited, buying a book on Amazon and not being able to read it. Honestly, for books that do not have DRM I buy them in the epub format and convert them over to lrf using Calibre-much easier to read that way.

Yaaaayyyyy!!!!!!!
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