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The Sony PRS-500 Reader is a portable e-book reader featuring 6″ high-resolution, high-contrast display with 180?° viewing angles. The screen of the device is actually an electronic paper display developed by E Ink Corporation, that has 166 dpi resolution and capable of showing four levels of grayscale. The display is viewable in direct sunlight and the best of all is it doesn’t require power to maintain the image so you get an extra long usage time of up to 7500 “page turns” per charge from the built-in lithium-ion battery. The reader has 64 MB integrated memory that is expandable by additional flash card, you can access the memory by connecting the device to your PC trough a standard USB connector. The PRS-500 is very compact with it measurements of 17.5 x 12.4 x 1.3 cm and weight of only about 250 grams.
The PRS-500 can display books in the following formats: BBeB books (BroadBand eBook), Adobe PDF files, TXT, RTF and Microsoft Word text formats. The device also supports graphic files in JPEG, GIF, PNG and BMP image formats, but don’t expect too much considering only 4 levels of gray are supported by screen. And of course you’ll be able to play music stored in MP3 or AAC audio formats.
The Sony Portable Reader System is available for $349.99.