Sony to reveal PS3, Vita ebook platform

May 30, 2012
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Sony to reveal PS3, Vita ebook platform

If you like the idea of ebooks, but hate the fact that you can't read them from 10 feet away on the living room sofa, Sony might have the solution to your problems. Okay, we're exaggerating a bit. There's a rumor that Sony is working on a digital books section to the PlayStation Store, but it is hardly going to try to be a competitor to the Kindle, iBooks, or Nook.

According to a report on MCV, the service will be called "Storyteller" and it is likely that it will also be available on the more portable Playstation Vita system. Downloadable books and other content will be available through the Playstation Store, potentially via a brand new dedicated channel in the same way that games and video are currently broken up into different sections within the digital download platform.

According to the report, there will be an emphasis on children's content, meaning Sony sees this as perhaps an interactive storybook platform for your children. Unfortunately for Sony, it doesn't exactly have a great track record in this space. Even though its Reader ebook device beat the Kindle to the market, it failed to captivate consumers. And specifically within the Playstation business, Sony launched a digital comic service for the PSP, allowing users to download comic books and read them in between gaming sessions. That service was subsequently shut down due to lack of interest.

[via MCV]


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