Sony Releases New Readers For E-Book Lovers

Do you love e-books? Do you want something not named Kindle or iPad? Sony might be able to help you with that. I was sent a press release detailing the launch of their new Reader series of e-book readers. Here’s the highlights from the press release that I was sent:

·         Touch Screen for Everyone

o   Based on the popularity of the full touch screen on its previous Touch Edition Readers, Sony equipped the entire line of new Readers with improved, optical touch screen technology designed specifically for digital reading*.  The new, first-to-market technology enhances ease of use and increases reading clarity, creating an immersive reading experience for consumers. Book lovers can now escape into their favourite books with the lightest swipe of a finger or stylus pen.

·         Improved E Ink Displays

o   All three devices utilize E Ink® Pearl electronic paper displays, which delivers a paper-like display that is readable in direct sunlight. The screens offer a high contrast ratio with 16 levels of greyscale, ensuring that text and images are crisp and easy to read.

·         A Reader Pocket Edition that Will Wow You

o   The new Reader Pocket Edition is the thinnest, lightest e-reader on the market, sports a five-inch, full touch screen and a smart, lightweight design that’s easy to slip into a purse or jacket pocket for convenient, on-the-go reading. It is available in chic colours, including silver and pink.  It has 2 GB of onboard memory, which lets you carry up to 1,200 of your favorite books, and retails for $199.99.

·         A New Reader Touch Edition: More of Everything Readers Love

o    The new Reader Touch Edition features a six-inch full touch screen and an intuitive design with 2 GB of onboard memory. In addition, it offers dual expansion slots for up to 32GB of additional memory, and the ability to play MP3 and AAC audio files. It’s available in black, silver or red for $249.99.

·         Additional New Features Across the Entire Line

o   New features allow for easier reading of PDF or personal documents. Intuitive content zoom, adjustable contrast and brightness control, as well as automatic multiple page creation will make documents designed for a standard sheet of paper easier to read on a smaller screen. Also, personalized standby screen options will allow users to use their favourite photos as a screen saver and the collections functionality will allow them to group their favorite reads.

o   In addition, the new Reader line is more global than ever, offering users the ability to look up words and phrases with the built in New Oxford American and Oxford Dictionary of English eDictionaries, as well as 10 translation dictionaries in languages such as French, German, Spanish, Italian and Dutch. Wordsmiths across the globe can now create “word logs” to track the words they’ve looked up in both chronological and book order, while quickly switching between dictionaries.

o   With Reader™ Desktop Edition for Apple’s Mac OS X and Microsoft® Windows® and Reader™ Mobile Edition for Apple iPhone and Google Android-based smartphones, users can now synchronize their reading among multiple devices. These free applications, available later this year, will offer an intuitive digital reading experience with an elegant interface and access to Sony’s Reader Store for browsing and purchasing content. The desktop application also includes the ability to easily manage content directly on the Reader Pocket Edition and Reader Touch Edition models.

The Sony Readers are now available globally.  Book lovers should check them out.

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