When it comes to the current crop of
e-readers on the market, Amazon's Kindle range grabs the lion's share
of the attention. However, Sony is also a player in this market and
today announced three new additions to its e-reader lineup.
First up is the Reader
Pocket Edition (PRS-350) which features a 5" touch screen.
The touch interface can be used to turn pages, adjust the font and
manipulate the on-screen keyboard. The Reader Pocket Edition is
available in both silver and pink, and weighs in at just 5.64 ounces.
Next is the Reader
Touch Edition (RS-650) features a 6" touch screen. The
Reader Touch Edition is available in both black and pink, and it
weighs 7.58 ounces.
The final piece to the puzzle is the
Daily Edition (PRS-950). The Reader Daily Edition includes
onboard Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity to wirelessly download books in
addition to a 7" touch screen.
All three of the new e-readers use
Sony's latest "Pearl" e-ink technology for improved
clarity, speed, and contrast. They also support ePub along with PDF
files. They all feature 2GB of onboard storage and an SD/Memory Stick
Duo slot for expanded storage.
The Reader Pocket Edition, Touch
Edition, and Daily Edition are priced at $179, $229, and $299
respectively. For comparison, Amazon's
Kindle 3 starts at $139 for the 6" base model and $189 for
the Wi-Fi/3G model. Both Kindle models also have 4GB of onboard
quote: The Reader Pocket Edition is available in both silver and pink
quote: The Reader Touch Edition is available in both black and pink