Sony adds Daily Edition to e-reader line

The new e-reader will feature 3G Internet access

Sony Electronics has unveiled a third e-reader with wireless Internet access to complement two devices announced earlier.

Sony's new Reader Daily Edition, priced at about $US399, will have connectivity through AT&T's 3G mobile broadband network to Sony's ebook store, Sony said during a press conference in New York Tuesday. Users will be able to purchase and download books, newspapers and magazines, with no monthly fees or charges for basic wireless connectivity, Sony said.

Sony's Reader Touch Edition and the Reader Pocket Edition were announced earlier this month. The Touch Edition has a 6-inch touchscreen and costs $US299, and the Reader Pocket Edition, a basic e-reader with a 5-inch screen, costs $US199. The devices, intended to compete with Amazon.com's Kindle e-reader, are due to be released shortly.

E-reader customers should have broad choices, said Steve Haber, president of Sony's Digital Reading Business Division. The devices will be available in about 8,000 retail stores, and connect to several e-book stores and libraries, he said.

"It's all about access to content ... it's about expression, holding, touching and using the Sony Reader," Haber added. "We want it to be a ubiquitous experience, not locked in -- open, open, open."

The Daily Edition will have a 7-inch touch screen used for navigating and reading content, Sony said. In portrait mode, about 30 to 35 lines of text will visible, making the experience very similar to that of a printed paperback book. The e-reader will have 16 levels of grayscale resolution, and it will have an aluminum body, Sony said.

Sony on Tuesday also launched its Library Finder application. Working with OverDrive, a distributor of digital books, Sony will offer customers access to their local library's collection of e-books. Libraries working with OverDrive will offer their books through Library Finder, with e-books expiring after the end of the library's lending period.

In addition, Sony Electronics also announced new partnerships with a variety of traditional and digital publishers. The publisher sites will offer content in the EPUB format, the International Digital Publishing Forum's XML-based standard format for reflowable digital books and publications.

Sony's eBook Store already provides access to more than 1 million public domain Google Books in EPUB format, and new partnerships announced Tuesday include BooksOnBoard, a large independent e-book seller; NetGally, an online service that promotes new and upcoming titles; and Powell's Books, a large independent book seller.

Also, more than 200 members of the American Booksellers Association will be able to sell e-books to customers later this year, Sony said.

Join the newsletter!

Or
Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags sonye-readers

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Show Comments

Essentials

Mobile

Sansai 6-Outlet Power Board + 4-Port USB Charging Station

Learn more >

Victorinox Werks Professional Executive 17 Laptop Case

Learn more >

Exec

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?