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Offline NJM Reading Advances in Digital Camera Technology by Phil Donald
22 Oct 2010, 06:16 PM | Post: #1

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Sony price drop

I was in PC World/Curry's today and saw the Sony PRS300 ereader for £99.97!!! It said clear out price, but I don't think they have stopped making them have they? Maybe trying to under-cut the Kindle and start a price war!!

It is around £119 on Amazon
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22 Oct 2010, 06:32 PM | Post: #2

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RE: Sony price drop

(22 Oct 2010 06:16 PM)NJM Wrote:  I was in PC World/Curry's today and saw the Sony PRS300 ereader for £99.97!!! It said clear out price, but I don't think they have stopped making them have they? Maybe trying to under-cut the Kindle and start a price war!!

It is around £119 on Amazon

The trend is probably for the price of all ereaders to drop. I refuse to say how much I paid for my Kindle from the US in February( $*?*s), but needles to say, the price it was released for in the UK only months later was about 50% less. I've seen the Sony and considered buying one for a family member. The touch screen is tempting, but - you cannot buy ebooks from Amazon for the Sony ereader despite what one sales rep in M&S once told me. Still, if and when my beloved Kindle goes wrong Kindle Sad I will at least be able to replace it. Before I thought it was a once-in-a-lifetime indulgence.
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Offline cailean68 Reading The Measure of Magic by Terry Brooks
22 Oct 2010, 09:20 PM | Post: #3

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RE: Sony price drop

It was selling at this price in Waterstones a couple of months ago
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22 Oct 2010, 09:56 PM | Post: #4

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The PRS-300 is the older model now that the newer ones have benn launched, so it could be the shops moving out the last of their stock to make room for the newer models in time for Christmas.

Also as it only has 512mb of internal memory with no way to expand it's memory unlike the regular editions, it doesn't give you much for your almost £100 price tab. As well it has only a 5" screen rather than the usual 6", so for only ten pounds more you can buy a WiFi only Kindle with much better specs and a lot more bang for your buck as the saying goes. Or rather pound in our case.

I really think this is shops rushing to get rid of the older models now, WHSmith has been selling the 300 for several months at £99 as well, it's not as good as the newer version of this model so they might drop again in desperation to get rid of them but even then given the problems this entire series of touch screen models had I'll stick to my old Sony 505 and ofcourse it's baby sister, my 3G Kindle.

The newest pocket edition is the PRS-350 which is said to not have the glare problem it's predecessor had is selling for £159 which is funnily enough £10 dearer than the 3G Kindle. Kinda ironic.Tongue

I really think they need to drop their prices for the newest models to compete with the price Amazon is selling their Kindles as I think ereaders will be on a lot of Christmas lists this year.
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23 Oct 2010, 07:13 PM | Post: #5

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RE: Sony price drop

This was just an observation.....I hadn't seen the sony at such a low price before

The kindle is streets ahead and I am really pleased I waited for the kindle 3 instead of opting for the sony - no contest!!
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RE: Sony price drop

I looked at the Sony years ago and saw what it had to offer and said "Not as good as a Kindle” even though I hadn't seen one but only read the blurb on Amazon.com.
At the time I said if I can't have a Kindle then I will do without. At the time it was being offered as a gift. Perhaps I was mad but I could not read for long on the computer so felt that the readers on offer were going to play my eyes up.
I am so glad I held off for the Kindle. I just had a feeling in my waters that we would eventually get them in the UK. Now I'm just going to wait for the DX to come to the UK.
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24 Oct 2010, 10:34 AM | Post: #7

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RE: Sony price drop

I have to admit it was seeing this ebook reader selling at under £100 that resparked my desire for getting one.

I had looked a while ago and decided that they were too expensive compared to just buying books. But of course once I started reading about the specs of the current crop of ebook readers had and their cost, the Kindle 3 went to the front of the list.

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