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iriver Story ebook reader revealed

Images of iriver’s new ebook reader, the Story, have emerged, together with partial specifications for the 6-inch E Ink device.  As well as having a full QWERTY keyboard and a memory card slot content with up to 32GBs, the Story is compatible with PDF, epub, txt, ppt, doc, xls and other ebook formats without requiring their conversion.

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ASUS Eee ebook reader could launch in 2009 says CEO

ASUS Eee ebook reader could launch in 2009 says CEO

It's been a while since we've heard anything of ASUS' ebook reader intentions, but according to DigiTimes the company's CEO, Jerry Shen, has confirmed that they plan to have a device on the market by the end of 2009 at the earliest.  Slotting into the company's Eee brand of low-priced consumer electronic devices, Shen failed to give suggestions of specifications or pricing for the upcoming reader.

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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 PRS-600 ebook readers spotted in wild, judged [Video]

Sony PRS-600 ebook readers spotted in wild, judged [Video]

Sony's PRS-600 ebook reader has seemingly made its way to Canadian retailers, with two confirmed sightings of the 6-inch touchscreen slate.  Feedback seems mixed, with some of Sony's boasts about the new E Ink device - faster page turns, more flexible font sizes - turning out to be either unnoticeable or pretty much useless in these demo units.

Demo video after the cut

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Matsunichi ER600 ebook reader wants to get in your den

Matsunichi ER600 ebook reader wants to get in your den

Perhaps what the world of ebook readers needs for true market adoption is not slick new features and bargain pricing but handsome leather detailing.  That seems to be Matsunichi's approach, anyway, with their ER600 ebook reader having a tactile leather grip section at the bottom and stylish brushed metal around the 5- or 6-inch E Ink display.

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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.

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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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Sony Reader PRS-300 and PRS-600 get full specification leak

Further details of Sony’s upcoming Reader PRS-300 and PRS-600 ebook devices have emerged, courtesy of some prematurely-posted J&R product listings.  The two devices, first spotted in a couple of leaked service manuals, now have MRSPs and full specifications thanks to the quick copy fingers of the HiPDA forums.

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Sony preparing wireless ebook reader for August launch?

Sony are tipped to be readying a new ebook reader for August release, which would bring WiFi connectivity, a larger display and more internal storage.  Believed to be the replacement to the Sony PRS-505, itself first announced back in October 2007, the new device would slot in beneath Sony’s more recent PRS-700 and lack that model’s touchscreen interface.

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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 to use AT&T 3G network for ebook reader

Hot on the heels of Plastic Logic’s “exclusive eBookstore” deal with Barnes & Noble comes word that the ebook reader will use AT&T’s wireless network.  Full details of the deal are unknown, though Plastic Logic have confirmed that the device will also be able to get online via its integrated WiFi connection.

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