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Sony Offers $100 Trade In Credit for First Generation Purchasers

Nicole, this post is for you. Sony is offering a $100 creditbl for all first Generation purchasers of the Sony Reader if you want to upgrade to the newest Sony Reader. The current price for the Sony Reader is $299.00.

The details are as follows as articulated at MobileRead:

  • Customers doing the upgrade will buy the 505 first and then send in their old 500 to get the credit. This means you may have to wait a bit to get the credit, but it also means that you won’t ever be without a Reader.
  • There is a shipping cost to send back your old unit. But when buying the new unit, often offers free shipping.
  • This is a Sony-only promotion, which means you can buy online at or in person at a SonyStyle store, not third party retailers.
  • If you bring the old unit into the store and do the trade right then and there, the credit will be applied at purchase. If you do the trade later or purchase online, the credit comes back when Sony receives the 500.
  • This is a US-only promotion. (Not good for UK 505 purchases.)
  • Extended warranties do not appear to be transferrable to the new device
  • The offer is good until January 31, 2009

Angela James showed me the Sony Reader light at the RWA conference and it was gorgeous. It had two brightness settings and it was a very soft light. I loved it. Is it worth $70? Hard to say but it was beautiful.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Nicole
    Aug 08, 2008 @ 08:09:42

    Hrm…decisions decisions. I will have to seriously think about this one. I’m trying to cut down on expenses as I want a Dell XPS laptop by the end of the year, but this is very tempting. Too bad I don’t use my Sony Card anymore, which is how I got the first reader for essentially free.

  2. Teddypig
    Aug 08, 2008 @ 09:05:01

    OOOOH I want one soooo bad.

  3. Angela James
    Aug 08, 2008 @ 09:42:35

    I have to say that in the dark, the light is a little brighter than it appears and I might wish for another lower setting. Also, the screen of the light is very fragile and easily marked. I’m not sure it’s worth $70 and I wouldn’t want someone to buy it based on my recommendation, especially because of how easily marked it is. Mine had some small scratches only two days after I bought it, not even from use, just from being in my bag.

  4. Mariana
    Aug 08, 2008 @ 09:54:01

    I bought the light after reading about it here, and I love it. It’s the best thing. I thought the $70 was a bit much, but it’s so convenient and the cover is great. My boss didn’t realize it was my reader (thought it was a planner on my desk) and I was able to finish my book :)

    AngelaJames is right about the scratches, but it’s not a big a problem for me. I always had it wrapped in a cleaning cloth, I’m a bit anal that way.

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