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Sony's eBook reader slated to launch on Halloween for $350

Sony today released its PRS-500 Reader Portable Reader System pre-orders at, which will hit retail stores by the end of October.  The device has been delayed several times, with the last volley of delays occuring just this past July.


The PRS-500 tablet-like shape features a high-resolution display designed to mimic traditional paper and is readable even in bright sunlight. With battery life equivalent to roughly 7,500 continuous page turns, readers can store and display personal documents in Adobe PDF format, RTF, text, JPEG photos and selected RSS feeds from blogs and news sites.


Sony today also announced its CONNECT eBook store with more than 10,000 eBook titles available. And for a limited time, when a Reader is registered on the CONNECT site, people will receive a $50 credit towards the purchase eBooks online.


“Today, we’re writing a new chapter in digital technology for reading,” said Ron Hawkins, Sony Electronics’ vice president of Portable Reader Systems marketing. “Easy and enjoyable to use, the Reader fulfills the promise of electronic reading in a way that no other device has been able to do.  Not intended to replace traditional books, but to supplement them, the Sony Reader allows people to take a library of books and other reading material with them wherever they go.”


The Sony Reader will retail for about $350 at SonyStyle and Borders stores and comes complete with USB cable, a wall charger, the CONNECT Reader software and a protective soft cover.  More information about Sony Reader is available at its official site.

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Weak on Memory?
By dreddly on 9/26/2006 10:49:56 PM , Rating: 2
64 MB of internal memory seems a little on the small side for the price. I know it has a memory card reader, but a couple of decent sized pdf's and it would be full.

Nice to finally see a shipment date though.

RE: Weak on Memory?
By sadffffff on 9/27/2006 3:42:04 AM , Rating: 2
yep. bit pricy for what it does, especially with 64mb of ram... you can get 1gb sd cards for a few bucks now.. they can do better than 64megs...

RE: Weak on Memory?
By sadffffff on 9/27/2006 3:47:19 AM , Rating: 2
i guess it has a few features.. looks like it plays mp3s?

but still, its not even in color. the price must be be because of the e-paper display stuff? reletivly new isnt it?

RE: Weak on Memory?
By Gantrioch on 9/29/2006 2:31:09 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, electronic paper is quite expensive now.

I've been drooling after this electronic paper watch, haha

RE: Weak on Memory?
By EclipsedAurora on 9/27/2006 2:39:50 PM , Rating: 2
Have u read the Sony website carefully?

The Sony eBook device has standard size memory stick pro media support for memory extension upto 32GB!

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