Sony Announces the Release of New Ebook Readers!

Sony finally announced the release of its reader pocket edition and reader touch edition ebook readers to be available in stores by the end of August.

Meanwhile, they are planning to phase out the current core of readers available at the  store.

Here are some early details of the two new editions:

  1. Reader Pocket Edition (PRS-300)prs-300
    • Cost – $199
    • 5-inch monochromatic eInk display
    • Colors- blue, rose and silver
    • Storage capacity of 350 standard-sized ebooks.
  2. Reader Touch Edition (PRS-600)
    • Cost $299
    • 6-inch touch-screen (finger or stylus)  for note–taking for  export and  print.
    • Oxford American English Dictionary — tap on a word to summon a definition.
    • Capacity- 350 ebooks with  Memory Stick PRO Duo or an SD card expansion slots.
    • Colors – red, black, or sliver

As you can see, there is no wireless feature!

The two devices, however,  offer some  intriguing alternatives designed to make it more visible  to the general public – They will be available at your neighborhood electronic book store!

You can expect to find it at Best Buy, Borders, Costco, Staples, Target, Walmart, and  SonySytle stores. Will Amazon and others follow suit? We will see!

Sony will also lowered the price of new releases and bestsellers to $9.99, matching prices at Amazon.com…and  make over 1 million public domain ebooks available from google.

Meanwhile,  a new digital ereader tablet may be in the works at Apple Inc. as it seek to get in on the action of this growing ebook reader market.

Since its inception, numerous ebook readers have been sold to the general public.  This trend is expected to continue with an expected 3 million sold by the end of the 2009 and  13 million by the end of 2013.

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Sony to Launch the New Prs-300 and PRS-600!

According to engadget, Sony is planning to introduce new ebook readers: PRS-300 and PRS-600 in the near future.

…and the specs were accidentally leaked…without any wireless component sight. Big Mistake!

Why make another ebook reader without a wireless feature when it is clear that wireless makes the difference?

With the many ebook readers popping up all over the place, the ones that will survive are those that offer the  public other useful added features.

Take the iPhone, for example, it’s ” hot” not because it is just a phone, but because of the many other useful features that it offers.

The reality of the matter is, top ebook readers are going to have to do the same.  That’s if they are going to win the ebook reader battle and attract most of the general public and not just those who like to read.

People will need to see these devices not just as book readers, but as a media to other useful information including “net” access: twitter, facebook, Youtube, etc., – with little or no data plan…plus play games,  music, video, and so on…

The amazon Kindle. is sort of “thinking in that direction” right now, but it is left to be seen what it does in the future…especially with Barnes and noble looming large over the horizon with its imminent ebook reader alternative which  should provide some real competition.

The truth is, ebooks reader have quite a way to go to attract most of the general public, so you can expect them to “morph” into mini-computers.

As for the up and coming  Sony PRS-300 and PRS-600.  Who knows, perhaps  Sony have a little surprise up its sleeve for us. We will just have to wait and see.

Maybe that’s the reason why the PRS-700BC has disappeared from their website.

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Kindle tweets!

Can you believe it? You can actually tweet from your amazon Kindle. You don’t have to sit in front of a computer or pay for cellphone data.

To me, that’s really cool! For some reason, my cellphone service provider, AT&T, don’t allow me to tweet from my cellphone..something I really don’t understand seeing that I can send out an unlimited number of text messages to other cellphones.

…plus I don’t always have the time to sit in front of my PC or laptop to get into my twitter account. So, when I discovered that I could tweet from my Amazon Kindle, it was a welcome relief for me.

I mean, you can set up your twitter account to send out  automated feeds to your followers, but it is so animated… that it sucks! It is missing that personal element which human beings respond to.

People need to know that there is a real person on the other end of a tweet!

Being able to tweet from my kindle allows me to do that. Every now and then while in the middle of a reading, I can hop over to my twitter account and send out a tweet. Now that’s kool!

Even more ‘kool’ is the fact that  I don’t have to pay for wireless  or internet service, plus I can log in to my twitter from anywhere as long as I am in a wireless coverage area.

Here’s a simple video guide showing how it’s done…

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Video: Enhancing Your Kindle Experience!

Here’s a practical example of how you can easily change the font, have the device read to you,  access your content homepage, define a word in middle of a reading, delete content from your Amazon Kindle and still maintain access, and retrieve your stored content from Amazon.com.

The steps are relatively simply and easy to follow. If you are “sitting on the fence” wondering if you should get an Amazon Kindle, hopefully this video will help you decide.

MyTouch 3G Launch Imminent!

T-Mobile’s new Android-based Google phone hits the market August 5th…and  is poised to  offer a slew of features and accessories somewhat similar to that of the iPhone and the Palm Pre.

For more info go here…

Plastic Logic eReader – Kindle2, Kindle DX May Have Some Real Competiton After All!

Here’s an ereader Plastic Logic’s  planning to launch…notice they say it is designed for business reading. Hmmm!


For more info, go to the Plasticlogic.com

But that’s not all.  What make this device even more interesting is that just like the Amazon kindle, it is set to have a  wireless connection courtesy of AT&T. Wow!

Now rumorville has it that AT&T planned to announce soon  that it will support an electronic book reading device due early next year from Plastic Logic.

But as we see in video, the device displayed is for business reading. Could this mean that there is a one-two punch in the works? The device in the video similar to the Kindle DX…and another device similar to Kindle 2 dedicated to just recreational reading?

If this is the case, then we will have a total replica of the Kindle 2,  Kindle Dx phenomenon.

Well! This looks like real competition. Plastic Logic, At&T, and Barnes & Nobles seem to get it!  This is really really interesting. Let’s see how Amazon respond.

Kindle 2, Kindle DX look out!

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Latest Kindle News!

Do you really own those Kindles Store ebooks on your Amazon Kindle?
Recently the publisher of George Orwell’s Animal Farm and 1984 decided to withdraw their  electronic version of the book from the  Amazon Kindle.

So,  without asking any questions, Amazon wirelessly deleted the book from all Kindles and refunded purchase money to would be owners.

That’s a big problem!

The thing with these Kindle  store ebooks that you buy is you don’t have that choice in terms of storage.

Every single one that you buy, is backed-up on the Amazon.com server.  That’s just like buying a car from someone, store it in their garage, give them the keys, and tell them to drive whenever they want.

Heck! they can even sell it if they want. Just give you a refund to cover their ass.

If amazon can wirelessly delete a book that you bought at anytime  and give you a refund, then in my opinion, it’s not really your book.

If it’s yours then you should have full control over it…to keep it as long as you want, sell it if you want,  and even loan it out if you want.

But that’s not the case with the Amazon Kindle. When you buy a book, you can’t loan it out, share it, nor store it on your own storage device.  Now we find out Amazon can even take it back. Wow!

Therein lies the reason why the darn thing don’t come with a SD slot.

But, it does make sense. How else can they ensure that they make money off the books and that Kindle owners don’t just copy from others?

Barnes and Noble, the largest bookstore chain, launches its own ebook store
This new eBook store will allow customers to download titles to mobile devices, including Apple’s iPhone, Research in Motion’s Blackberry, PCs, and Macs.

The company also is partnering with Plastic Logic to offer a  8.5inc x 11-inch electronic reader that can wirelessly download choices from more than 700,000 titles early next year.

Who is surprised? Not me. This was expected. But don’t think that the Amazon Kindle is going to roll over and die.

In fact, it all sounds good, but it is left to be seen what this up and coming electronic reader has to offer. I have a kindle and I love it. Barnes and Nobles is going to have to come up with a stellar device to get Amazon customers to switch.

Before we talk too fast, let’s just wait and see what happens.

One thing, though, this is good for the ebook reader market. We may even see more price drop soon. What do you think?

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