The Book of Dreams

Sony starts a reading revolution : PRS-700
by: Jerry Liao

The three biggest problems facing third world countries are food, health and education. Feed the citizenry well and the health problem may already be lessen. But for education, it’s going to be a little bit harder to solve.

Quality education does not come cheap. This is the main reason why our group ‘INFOCHAT’ decided to launch an I.T. TV show (with the same title) 12 years ago, to provide quality I.T. knowledge to the widest sector possible using television as the medium. TV is free – how can you be more affordable than that.

The expenses surrounding education is the real problem, it’s not the tuition that hurts less fortunate Filipinos, its the expenses happening every day like tranportation, food, uniform, school supplies and books. My eldest daughter will be taking up medicine a year from now. Of course I am worried about her tuition fee but I am more worried about the miscellaneous expenses especially medical books. You know how expensive they are.

Six years ago, I have been saying that the solution to expensive books is technology. My dream for how many years is now a reality with Sony’s Reader Digital Book

The Sony PRS-700 comes with an interactive touch screen display, velte and stylish, sports the dimensions of a slimmed down paperback book. The textured black casing and soft black cover contribute to its envy-inspiring design. And, at about 10 ounces.

A sizeable six-inch display with touch screen capability allows booklovers to flip pages with the slide of a finger. In addition, readers can easily search terms within a document or book, create notes using the virtual keyboard and highlight text with the included stylus pen.

Five pre-set text sizes are available so readers can find the one most comfortable for them and for those who need an even closer look, zooming in is as easy as tapping the screen.

The device also features high-resolution, high contrast electronic paper display technology which provides a reading experience very much akin to ink-on-paper.

Expanded memory offers enough capacity to store about 350 average digital books. Using optional removable Memory Stick Duo media or SD memory cards, this Reader can hold literally thousands of books and documents.

The new 700 model uses minimal power and can sustain up to 7,500 pages of continuous reading on a single battery charge. It supports multiple file formats for eBooks, personal documents and music. With the included eBook Library 2.5 PC software, you can easily transfer Adobe PDF documents with reflow capability, Microsoft Word documents, BBeB files and other text file formats to the Reader. The device can store and display EPUB files and work with Adobe Digital Editions software, opening it up to almost a limitless quantity of content.

The new 700 model uses minimal power and can sustain up to 7,500 pages of continuous reading on a single battery charge. It supports multiple file formats for eBooks, personal documents and music. With the included eBook Library 2.5 PC software, you can easily transfer Adobe PDF documents with reflow capability, Microsoft Word documents, BBeB files and other text file formats to the Reader. The device can store and display EPUB files and work with Adobe Digital Editions software, opening it up to almost a limitless quantity of content.

Sony’s eBook store will also have a new face. This month, a re-designed page layout with more prominent book cover art will improve the overall visual appeal of the site. A streamlined checkout process along with updated search and discovery make finding and purchasing an eBook a breeze.

The new Reader will be available for about $400. It will come complete with a USB cable, eBook Library PC companion software and a color-coordinated, protective soft cover. Both the PRS-505 and the PRS-700 models along with their optional accessories.

If in case this device becomes available here in the Philippines, my wish is for the Philippine government to subsidize the prices of the Sony Reader Digital Book so that more students can afford it. Filipinos content developers should also be developing their content accurately, then distribute it to students.

At long last, Filipino children can say that ‘this is my book. My digital book.”

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