"We firmly believe consumers should have choice in every aspect of their digital reading experience" said Steve Haber, president of Sony's Digital Reading Business Division. "Our goal is to expand the market and provide open access to what consumers want to read when they want to read it – whether you buy, borrow, or get it for free."
The Reader Pocket Edition sports a five-inch electronic paper display packaged in a stylish chassis and is available in three colours, including navy blue, rose and silver. The Pocket Edition is easy to navigate with one hand, and fits into a purse or jacket pocket. The diminutive device can store about 350 standard eBooks and provides up to two weeks of reading enjoyment on a single battery charge.
The Reader Touch Edition features a responsive, menu-driven six-inch touch screen panel enables quick, intuitive navigation, page turning, highlighting and note taking with the swipe of a finger or by using the included stylus pen. Readers can take handwritten notes with the stylus pen or type with the virtual keyboard. All notes can be exported and printed out for easy reference. The Touch Edition includes an integrated Oxford American English Dictionary that allows you to look up a word by simply tapping on it. The Touch Edition also offers five adjustable font sizes, as well as expansion slots for both Memory Stick® PRO Duo™ and SD card, making your portable library virtually limitless. It comes in red, black or silver.
Both models feature Sony's award-winning industrial design and an E Ink® Vizplex™ electronic paper display that mimics the look of ink on paper. They ship with an attractive protective sleeve and USB cable. Sony's eBook Library software 3.0, which now includes support for Apple Macintosh computers as well as PCs, makes it easy to transfer and read any Adobe PDF (with reflow capability), Microsoft Word, BBeB files,Through the eBook Store by Sony (ebookstore.sony.com), Canadians can also access more than half a million free public domain books from Google. These titles, which Google has digitized as part of its Google Books project, are available in EPUB format and are optimized for current models of the Sony Reader. From Sony's eBook Store, Reader owners can download and transfer any of these titles to their Reader, while new eBook Store users can access available titles after setting up an account and downloading Sony's free eBook Library software.
The Reader Pocket and Touch Editions, available for $279 and $399 respectively, as well as accessories such as adaptors, cases and covers with reading lights, will be available at the end of August at http://www.sonystyle.ca/ and Sony Style retail locations across Canada. Book lovers interested in trying out a Reader in person will also be able to find them for sale at Best Buy and Future Shop.
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