View all newsletters
Receive our newsletter - data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. Technology
August 4, 2009

Sony to launch two new electronic readers

The Reader Pocket Edition and the Reader Touch Edition

By CBR Staff Writer

Sony said that it will start selling two new electronic readers by the end of this month, which are expected to compete with Amazon’s Kindle device. The Reader Pocket Edition is priced at $199, while the Reader Touch Edition is priced at $299.

According to Sony, the Reader Pocket Edition sports a five-inch electronic paper display and comes with a choice of different colours, including navy blue, rose and silver. It can store about 350 standard eBooks and provides for up to two weeks of reading on a single battery charge.

The Reader Touch Edition features a menu-driven six-inch touch screen panel that enables intuitive navigation, page turning, highlighting and note taking with the swipe of a finger or by using the stylus pen. It comes with a choice of red, black or silver colours and has expansion slots for both Memory Stick PRO Duo and SD card. It also includes an onboard Oxford American English Dictionary.

Sony said, its eBook Library software 3.0, which now includes support for many Apple Macintosh computers as well as PCs, allows users to transfer and read any Adobe PDF (with reflow capability), Microsoft Word, BBeB files, or other text file formats on the Reader.

Content from our partners
Scan and deliver
GenAI cybersecurity: "A super-human analyst, with a brain the size of a planet."
Cloud, AI, and cyber security – highlights from DTX Manchester

Steve Haber, president of digital reading business division at Sony, said: We firmly believe consumers should have choice in every aspect of their digital reading experience. Our goal is to expand the market and provide greater access to what consumers want to read when they want to read it – whether they buy, borrow or get it for free.

Reportedly, through The eBook Store from Sony, users can also access more than one million free public domain books from Google. The company is also planning to reduce the price it charges for downloading new releases and best-sellers from $11.99 to $9.99.

Websites in our network
Select and enter your corporate email address Tech Monitor's research, insight and analysis examines the frontiers of digital transformation to help tech leaders navigate the future. Our Changelog newsletter delivers our best work to your inbox every week.
  • CIO
  • CTO
  • CISO
  • CSO
  • CFO
  • CDO
  • CEO
  • Architect Founder
  • MD
  • Director
  • Manager
  • Other
Visit our privacy policy for more information about our services, how Progressive Media Investments may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.