More and more people are joining the community of ebook readers. I had a doctor’s appointment last week and witnessed three different people reading with ereaders in the waiting room! Their size and portability is a great feature. I received one from my husband for Christmas 2009. Although it has many advantages and good features it is not all that user friendly. So…. to that end I have compiled a list of things about the Sony Reader Touch PRS-600 that I have learned the hard way.
1. Never load two different file formats during the same session.
If you are loading .pdf files and then .epub files, the sync process will freeze! Your best bet is to load .pdf tiles — end the session — start a new session then load your .epub files. (Apparently this is a known ‘bug’ of the reader.
2. You MUST NEVER move your ebook files after you have entered them in the Sony Library software!
The software won’t be able to find them if you do this. I made the mistake of downloading my ebooks to my desktop, loading them in the software, then creating a folder for them named ‘My eBooks’ and putting them in it. The reader wouldn’t sync because it didn’t know where they were. You have to download them, put them where you are always going to keep them and THEN and only then load them into your Sony Library software.
3. To create collections use the + sign at the bottom left page of the Sony Library software. I stupidly thought that there would be a way to do this via the top word options. ONLY the plus sign can create a collection name. You can imagine how frustrating this was to me as a library cataloguer! Once you have created your collection and named it, you simply drag and drop your titles into it.
4. Learn how to change file extensions!
I purchased a DVD of ebooks from the U.K. on eBay. They came with files ending with .epu and the Sony Library software would not recognize them. I had to learn how to change the file extension to .epub before I could use them. Be wary when you do this. Changing file extensions can make the file unstable. You must be sure that the files are of similar type. .epu to .epub or .rtf to .txt etc.
Instructions for changing file extensions:
Step 1. View the file you wish to change. You’ll notice that the file does not appear to have an extension. This is because Windows is set to hide extension names.
Step 2. Go to organize > Folder and Search Options, then click the View tab. Uncheck the box titled “Hide extensions for known file types.”
Step 3. Click OK or Apply. Now you should be able to see the file extension.
Step 4. Right-click the file name and select Rename For example if the files appears as True blue.epu rename it as True blue.epub
Now your file should be accepted by the Sony Library software.
Once you get the hang of how your eReader works, you will have countless hours of enjoyment. Be patient, you’ll get there…