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Sony Reader PRS-T1 - Fonts and Font Customisation

Andrew Williams

By Andrew Williams



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The Sony PRS-T1 offers a good spread of font customisation options - especially important if your up-close vision isn't so hot. There are eight font sizes and seven fonts, ranging from the paperback-apeing "original" to the thoroughly un-book-like Verdana.

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You can access these options at any time when reading with a press on the menu button and a few touchscreen taps. These settings are saved per book, so if you're sharing the ereader or like your novel fonts looking different from your work doc fonts, that's no problem. However, we found that some EPUB files refused to change font at all.

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The Sony PRS-T1 also allows altering of the page layout and look. You can split your source page's width into two or three ereader pages, which comes in very handy if the original text is split into columns, or you can switch to landscape mode. There's no built-in autorotate function, but having this option nestled within the menu system is useful.

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Less useful, but still welcome, is the ability to alter the contrast and brightness of the E-ink screen. In an LCD device, having control over brightness is immensely important. But here it's not because there is no backlight in an E-ink display.

Altering brightness and contrast simply changes how grey the background is, and how severe the edges of text are. The darkest parts of characters at the default setting are as dark as the screen will allow anyway, and we found the standard setting the most comfortable in day-to-day use.

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Being able to alter font, font size and screen settings are now staples of big-name ereaders, and the Sony PRS-T1 offers fewer options than some in this regard. The Kobo Touch offers a whopping 25 font sizes, for example. However, in all honesty, there are more than enough options on hand here to satisfy anyone. Still not sated by the line-up? Drop us a comment below.

Chris Marsden

January 30, 2012, 5:51 pm

"This is a significant bonus for the Sony, although bear in mind you do have to traipse on down to your local library to take advantage of this."

Slight error in your review in that you are able to download the library books if you have a wireless connection. You can either down load them to the reader or your home PC and then transfer them. My dad is doing this quite happily after I steered him away from a kindle to the Sony. You have the option of loaning the book for 7, 14 or 21 days at a time. Although the range of available books is still limited.

Great little reader and I am hoping to get one myself in the near future.


January 30, 2012, 6:30 pm

Thanks for the tip-off Chris. We'll edit the review accordingly!


February 29, 2012, 12:38 am

A word of warning: The "red" one actually has a slight pink tinge to it, especially on the metallic strip just above the buttons. I'm having to send it back and get a black or white one as a result. Your wife/girlfriend may like it, but men will prefer a more neutral colour.

Ahmed Elsaddig

January 3, 2014, 5:36 pm

when will the store open?

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