Sony Reader PRS-505 gets official


Three weeks after the new Sony Reader was prematurely revealed, the company has made the PRS-505 Reader Digital Book official. Most of the specs are in keeping with previous information ($300, increased internal storage, slimmer design, button redesign), but two of the most noteworthy new details are an improved display (8 shades of gray) and UMS/MSC support.

Here’s a comparison table of the main specifications of the first- and second-generation Readers.

PRS-500 PRS-505
Display: 6 inches (800 x 600)
4-level gray scale
6 inches (800 x 600)
8-level gray scale
Storage: about 80 ebooks about 160 ebooks
Expansion: MS Duo/SD card MS Duo and SD card
Size: 6.9" x 4.9" x 0.5" 6.9" x 4.8" x 0.3"
Weight: 8.8 ounces 9 ounces
Colors: Black Silver, dark blue

The PRS-505 supports text (BBeB, PDF, TXT, RTF, Word), image (JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP), and audio files (MP3 and AAC) and is available now at Sony Style.

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3 thoughts on “Sony Reader PRS-505 gets official

  • Really good post, thank you. We get the Sony Reader in the UK in Sept 2008 but as usual, more expensive than in the US (£199/$400). In the US you have the Sony eBook store, do you know of any reason why the US eBooks wouldn’t work on the UK version of the PRS-505? I’m assuming it’d work fine but just wanted to know what you thought.

  • Hmm. No, I can’t think of any reason why it wouldn’t work. It’s Sony, though, so who knows! Anything ridiculous is possible with them.

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    I’m not sure if it’s the same thing, but i know that a PS2 game from one region won’t work on a PS2 from another.
    the region codes are different, for no logical reason i can see.


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