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Sony preps a thin e-reader, and an e-bookstore

Ebook is about the size of a paperback book
Wed Aug 31 2011, 16:35

JAPANESE ELECTRONICS FIRM Sony has added an ebook to its range and supported that release with a digital borrowing library and e-store.

The company has made much of the small size and weight of the book shaped electronic book, which it has snappily dubbed the PRS-T1, and brags that it hits the scales at 168g and is just 8.9mm thin. The e-reader is also available in a range of fashionable colours, unlike actual books for example, and can fill your hand in either black, red or white hues. Sony added that it would slip into your pocket with ease, but we imagine that this was aimed at users and not shoplifters.

Sony Reader PRS-T1 e-book readerBattery life is expected to impress, and the firm talks about its one month of power. However in order to keep your pages turning for that long you will only be able to spend half an hour a day reading. So perhaps you would be wise not to rely on a page turner to see you through your month of camping without a way to recharge the device.

Perhaps the best thing about the Sony reader is the fact that it gives you access to a lending library of books, meaning that you can borrow a digital novel for thirty days, as opposed to actually buying one for example. Sony suggested that users will be able to do this through public lending libraries that, presumably, have signed up to the service and can be accessed via a button on the tablet's screen.

Sony added that it will soon launch its book store called Store2 in the UK, and it explained that it expects this to happen by October, which is the same time that the tablet is expected to launch.

Sony gadget liking Harry Potter fans might be tempted to dip their magic wands into the firm's offerings, as the tablet comes with a lure to the newly announced Pottermore web site. A special version of the e-reader, we assume it comes with an owl or something, will provide users with a voucher for downloading Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone through that web site.

The PRS T1 e-reader has Wifi for local downloading and a multitouch screen for skimming through pages and zooming. It recognises a range of digital text formats, including Epub, is expandable from the 1,200 book, 2GB of memory it offers, and has an e-ink Pearl display. Sony has not yet released pricing. µ

 

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