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…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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