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Sony to adopt common ePub ebook format; Wireless Reader next? [Updated]

Sony to adopt common ePub ebook format; Wireless Reader next? [Updated]

Sony's upcoming Reader team press conference has left us wondering what the company has left in its ebook reader bag to announce, but according to a report in the New York Times there'll be changes in both file format and hardware line-up.  The paper is suggesting that Sony will scrap their proprietary ebook format, BeBB, in favor of the open ePub standard; as well as that, they'll reveal plans for a wirelessly-enabled ebook reader for release later in the year.

Update: Sony have confirmed the switch to ePub; press release after the cut.

Sony Reader ebook team press conference Aug 25th: wireless model coming?

Sony Reader ebook team press conference Aug 25th: wireless model coming?

Sony grabbed headlines last week with its duo of new ebook readers, the PRS-300 Pocket and PRS-600 Touch, but it seems they're not quite done in the e-ink space.  MobileRead have been invited to a Sony press conference with the company's Reader team in New York on Monday August 24th Tuesday August 25th, begging the question: what's left to announce?

Update: Sony tell us the press conference is on the 25th, not the 24th.

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Sony Reader Touch and Pocket ebook devices launch with $9.99 bestsellers

Sony Reader Touch and Pocket ebook devices launch with $9.99 bestsellers

After a couple of leaks and pre-announcement sightings, it comes as no surprise that Sony have today officially unveiled their latest ebook readers, the 5-inch PRS-300 Reader Pocket Edition and the 6-inch touchscreen PRS-600 Reader Touch Edition.  Available by the end of August, the two models will retail for $199 and $299 respectively; however, Sony are also dropping their ebook new releases and bestseller titles from $11.99 to $9.99 each.

 

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AU Optronics planning 10-inch, A4 touchscreen epaper

AU Optronics planning 10-inch, A4 touchscreen epaper

The scaling up of business partnerships in the approach to the launch of Plastic Logic's eponymous ebook reader, together with the sell-out success of the Amazon Kindle DX certainly seems to suggest that there's a market out there for large-scale e-paper devices, and that's a segment manufacturer AU Optronics seem keen to capitalize on.  According to CEO LJ Chen, the company is ramping up to produce 10-inch and A4 (8 x 11 inch) sized e-paper panels.

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Plastic Logic sign “exclusive eBookstore” agreement with Barnes & Noble

Plastic Logic sign “exclusive eBookstore” agreement with Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble and Plastic Logic have announced a partnership which will see the publishing house become the "exclusive eBookstore provider" for the 8.5 x 11 inch super-skinny ebook device.  Set to arrive in early 2010, the Plastic Logic reader will have wireless access to the Barnes & Noble download store, which they're calling the largest selection of ebooks available in one place.