The folks at Sony were kind enough to send me a Reader Wi-Fi e-reader to review and I have to say, I love it. It might just be the best e-reader for travel, but its uses expand far beyond trips.
There are many features to love on the Sony Reader: its portability, access to free books via Google Books and your local public library, easily accessible dictionary (just click on a word for the definition), and glare-free screen, which is easy on the eyes. With wireless on, the Reader’s battery can last 3 weeks. You can even browse the internet or plug in headphones and listen to music on the Reader.
The Sony Reader is fantastic for travel because it’s so small and lightweight (under 6 ounces). It slips into any carry-on and you don’t have to worry about lugging three books with you on a longer trip. You can download books before you go or even once you reach your destination.
One of my favorite features is how easy it is to check out books from the library on this e-reader. You simply hook the Reader up with your local library and you can easily browse and check out ebooks. I’m frugal and rarely buy books new so the library feature is a must for me. There are also dozens of classics to download for free via Google Books.
In addition to toting it with me on trips, I like to use the Reader at the gym and when I’m nursing my baby. I can hold it in one hand, which makes it ideal for those activities. With the tap of a finger, I can turn a page, zoom in, or look up a word in one of 12 dictionaries. And there’s no worrying about finding my place or searching for a bookmark — the e-reader keeps track of that for me.
I must admit that I’ll never completely give up physical books. I love the feel of a book in my hands and I especially love used books. There’s something fun about knowing the book has a history and wondering who else has read this very copy. But this e-reader is a great addition to any bibliophile’s collection. The Sony Reader Wi-Fi is the perfect e-reader for times when a physical book is just too cumbersome to haul around, and it’s an excellent choice for the savvy traveler.
Here’s what you should take away from this e-reader review of the Sony Reader Wi-Fi:
- It’s great for travel
- It’s compact and lightweight
- Its library features are awesome
- It would make a great gift for any book lover or savvy traveler
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