Sony Introduces New eBook Readers

Sony Touch, Daily Edition, and Pocket Readers

The Sony Style website has been updated to show three new eBook readers.  There’s no release date yet, but you can leave your email address to be notified when they are released.  All three Reader models have been updated to use the latest E-Ink Pearl technology, which offers higher contrast because of its whiter background.  There are no prices shown for any of the Readers.  All three Readers now have touch screens, and the Pocket Edition has lost its big navigation buttons.

Both the 6” Touch Edition (PRS-650) and the 5” Pocket Edition (PRS-350) offer two built-in English dictionaries and ten translation dictionaries.  Both will have 2GB internal memory, and the Touch will allow the use of SD and Memory Stick PRO Duo cards.  You can enter freehand notes with the included stylus or use the virtual keyboard in both units.  Both Readers use USB to add content, and it seems they will work for the same type of ebooks as the current Readers.  The Touch Edition will be available in black or red, and the Pocket Edition is available in silver or pink.  You can learn more about the Touch Edition and the Pocket Edition Readers at the Sony Style site.

The 7” Reader Daily Edition features built-in WiFi and free 3G mobile broadband connection to the Reader Store.  It will also have a touch screen for note-taking and highlighting.  It will be available in silver.  Few details are available at Sony Style for the new PRS-950 version of the Daily Edition.

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2 comments… add one

  • Hai Vu September 2, 2010, 2:08 pm

    I own the current-generation pocket reader (PRS-300) and like it, but the Sony software (at least on the Mac) is horrible. The new Sony readers does not see to offer much upgrade, so I don’t think I will upgrade. I am tempting to sell my reader and get the cheapest Kindle (I like the ability to search and the dictionary, which the Sony readers lack).

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  • Janet Cloninger September 2, 2010, 2:59 pm

    Actually Hai Vu, I’m sure the current Sony Touch reader does have dictionary lookup and search. I’m pretty sure the current version of the Daily Edition reader does as well. According to information on Sony Style, both the new versions of the Touch and the Pocket readers WILL have dictionaries (2 English language and 10 translating) and search. They’ll also have note-taking abilities – typed with the virtual keyboard or handwritten with the stylus.

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