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Sony Reader Daily Edition: 3G and 7-inch touchscreen for $399

Sony Reader Daily Edition: 3G and 7-inch touchscreen for $399

Sony have announced their third new ebook reader, the Sony Reader Daily Edition, and as has long been expected it includes wireless 3G connectivity.  The new $399 device comes with a new version of their eBook Library software, 3.0, now Mac and PC compatible and which can also be used to organize notes made on touchscreen Sony ebook devices.  Sony have also revealed Library Finder, an electronic "ebook borrowing" system.

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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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