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Sony Reader review | ePub

Published on: Monday, October 26th 2009                   Written by: Martijn Kooijman - Photography by: Mark Peters

Sony Reader Pocket Edition

T hanks to its appearance, I was not embarrassed to use this Sony E-reader during my train journeys to read an ebook. It is a device that arouses curiosity around you. It is innovative, fresh and without a doubt ready for the future. I have also taken the Sony Reader Pocket Edition along to school, and every time I took the device out of my bag, people reacted positively to it, and certainly with curiosity. It truly is an eye-catcher. The Sony Reader Pocket Edition is available in the colors navy blue, rose and silver.

Sony Reader review

 

Reading digital books

Reading digital books

ePub electronic book format

The popular dutch website Bol.com has consciously chosen to offer digital books in the ePub format, from all the formats that are available; Amazon, Kindle, Open eBook, TomeRaider, MobiPocket and many others. Whether or not ePub is the best one from this list, remains to be seen in practice, however, I do know ePub has several advantages and therefore stands out positively. Firstly; you are able to use a zoom function on the Sony Readers. The ePub format not only lets you zoom in on the text, but also the lay-out, paragraphs and sentence structure will continue to be reproduced in a well-organized way. There is no loss of quality, the text remains just as sharp and easy to read. In technical terms, this is called: full reflow text capability.

Sony E-Books support

Sony E-Books support

Reading digital documents on the Sony Reader

Secondly, ePub is open to the consumer and not linked to one company. Everybody can use and publish ePub, (providing the text is not under copyright). ePub is being supported by an increasing amount of readers and is a rising format. The Sony Reader Pocket Edition also supports Adobe PDF and Microsoft Office Word formats. However, the last ones are not reflow capable, so they are less suitable to use as storage medium for digital books. The Sony Reader Touch Edition is also able to read MP3 files and display JPEGs.

 

Silver Sony e-Reader

Silver Sony e-Reader

Navy blue Sony Reader

Navy blue Sony Reader

 
 
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