Gadget news: Sony® Reader and ebooks

Posted By on June 19, 2006

Sony ReaderSony has been showing off its Reader at several of the consumer electronic events around the country and from the reviews looks to be a winner of a product. The small size, clear text, and long battery life as well storage capacity should make this a winner. The only thing holding it back might be a high retail price point and Sony’s notorious proprietary way of preventing expansion. (although literature does say that the Reader will support both Sony’s Memory stick AND the more universal SD Cards) Unfortunately the announced availability of this summer has been delayed. Expect a late summer or early fall release now but they obviously would not want to miss the holiday season.

einkTravelers will most likely love the Sony® Reader and will be anxious to fill their device with electronic books. It is as small as a paperback book, 6.9” by 4.9” by .5” and weighs a mere 9 ounces. Its rechargeable battery lasts about 7,500 page turns and can be recharged in as little as 4 hours with an AC adapter.

Besides the online stores marketing books, I’d recommend the open source project called Project Gutenberg where all texts are free. (great for non-Sony Reader buyers too as the electronic version are available for computers, etc) I’m not sure I’m ready to jump on the Sony Reader bandwagon just yet, but I’m anxious to spend an evening ‘testing’ it.


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