sonyTargeting the digital readers and eBooks consumer segments, Sony has introduced two new Readers today (August 5). Part of a new Reader line, the Reader Pocket Edition is to put a library in your hands for $199. 

Both the Reader Pocket Edition and the Reader Touch Edition will be available at the end of August, at SonyStyle.com, SonyStyle stores, and select retail partners. Also, new releases and titles in the eBook Store from Sony will now be available for $9.99.

“We firmly believe consumers should have choice in every aspect of their digital reading experience,” said Steve Haber, president of Sony’s Digital Reading Business Division. “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.”

The Reader Pocket Edition sports a five-inch electronic paper display packaged in a chassis and is available in a variety of colors, including navy blue, rose, and silver. The Reader Pocket Edition is easy to navigate with one hand, and fits into a purse or jacket pocket. 

The diminutive device can store about 350 standard eBooks and provides up to two weeks of reading on a single battery charge. It will be available for $199.

The Reader Touch Edition features a menu-driven six-inch touch screen panel that enables quick, intuitive navigation, page turning, highlighting, and note taking with the swipe of a finger or by using the included stylus pen. 

Users can take handwritten notes with the stylus pen or type with the virtual keyboard. All notes can be exported and printed out for reference. The Reader Touch Edition includes an onboard Oxford American English Dictionary that allows you to look up a word by tapping on it. 

The Touch Edition also offers five adjustable font sizes, as well as expansion slots for both Memory Stick PRO Duo and SD card. It comes in red, black, or silver and will retail for about $299.

Both models feature Sony’s industrial design and an E Ink Vizplex electronic paper display that mimics the look of ink on paper, says Sony. 

They will ship with a protective sleeve and USB cable. Sony’s eBook Library software 3.0, which now includes support for many Apple Macintosh computers as well as PCs, makes it easy to transfer and read any Adobe PDF (with reflow capability), Microsoft Word , BBeB files, or other text file formats on the Reader.

Photo courtesy: Sony

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About Rakesh Raman

Have extensive editorial, content management, and integrated communications experience and have worked as a senior tech journalist, analyst, and columnist with different newspapers, magazines, and Web/online properties in India.

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