Dear Kindle: Watch your back. This morning at the New York Public Library, Sony President of Digital Reading Steve Haber announced a new member of the company's e-book reader family, the Reader Daily Edition. The 7-inch device connects to AT&T's 3G network to allow Kindle-like access to Sony's online library.
Like the PRS-600 Touch Edition, the Daily's screen is touch sensitive, allowing for finger-flick page turns, easy menu navigation, and notes and highlights. The Daily displays books, newspapers, and magazines in either portrait or lansdscape mode and can store more than 1,000 books onboard (though its memory is expandable via a memory card slot).
The Daily Edition will be available in December for $400.
But what good is 3G with Sony's drab, old library? That's on the mend, too. The new Library Finder application allows you to browse and borrow from your local library's e-book catalog through a partnership with the OverDrive network. And earlier this summer, Sony added 1 million public domain titles via Google and Times bestsellers. They've also recently (finally) found love for the EPUB e-book format, the standard e-book format used by trade book publishers.
$400 !!?? think i would rather get a Kindle DX. Funny when you think about it, usually books on Kindle are 30% less. Lets say on avg each book is $15 so you save $5 for each book. One will have to read approx 80 books to really justify buying the Kindle DX or 60 books for Kindle 2. THATS ALOT of BOOKS !
Who reads books when you have 650 free magazines to read from :)
Its good for reading fans http://hintcafe.com/find-singles/reading to have competition as that brings down the prices. However, I like the kindle display ... its kind of comforting to the eye and doesn't feel like starting at a computer screen, so I think I will stick to Kindle. 3G is a nice addition but e-books take only a few minutes to download and many hours to read. So shaving 10 sec from the download doesn't matter.
When are these companies gonna stop beating around the bush with these niche, highly targeted products and just produce an e-ink news paper/magazine reader. It just might be what news papers nd magazines need to get back into the mainstream.
Now I'm kicking myself for buying a PRS700 for x-mas last year (not really :P).Oh, well, when I have to replace that (be nice if there was color version by then; yeah I thought so)...
The Sony's a nice effort, but we will really have reached the optimum design for e-readers when you can have them with two screens, like the two pages of a real magazine, with just a hairline's separation between them, so the experience of reading from an electronic device will closely follow that of reading a physical book or magazine. Graphic layouts from those would also directly translate into the e-version, or nearly so.
The device would be ultra-flat, full-color, have non-volatile memory, be equipped with multi-touch, and there would also be a nifty, built-in stand on the spine so one could easily prop the e-reader up at whatever angle on a desk or tabletop (best for trying out recipes in the kitchen).
[Such a device could also make a great virtual chessboard, whether your opponent was in front of you, or in another part of the world, or a bit of software on a cloud-gaming site]
I think I'll wait until e-readers will start to look like these. Until then I'll stick to paper.
Ugh, Sony--you went bland? Why?
It reminds me of faux leather and cheap electronics. I swear that I once had a Texas Instruments big button calculator that came in a naugahyde case exactly like that.
A reader has to be functional, and it looks like they tried to go functional, but why the buttons at the bottom? To let you sit there and scroll down?
Ummm...the Sony reader product line was the first widely sold ereader to use the eink display technology and all of them do, before the Kindle was ever announced.
As to build quality, it is excellent just about all leather and metal. The picture above is not a fair representation.
Man, what is this? Negative, nit-picking post day?
So nobody thinks that being able to download free library books is a cool thing? Gheesh
I'll also wait till I am actually able to use one before I decide how poorly it navigates and how hard it is to read. But then, I'm not clairavoiant like some of you folks....