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Reader in its natural habitat

It can read the Da Vinci Code!

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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 sonystyle.com, 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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Talk about people not getting it!
By BZDTemp on 9/27/2006 6:49:06 AM , Rating: 2
The deal with this gizmo is that it can be used to read stuff and it has a display which is like paper so it can be read even outside in the sun!

The 64 MB is not an issue since it's like the RAM in a PC. There is plenty of storage on memory cards and even the MemoryStick type has become really cheap.

And then there is battery life. Nothing comes even close. Basicly you can take this thing on a trip round the world and don't even have to bring the charger.

Think of it as a book that light and compact even with it holding thousands upon thousands of pages so compare it to books not PDA's.




By fantastique on 9/27/2006 9:42:01 AM , Rating: 2
Honestly, without the ability to put say a semester's worth of textbooks on this thing, and the ability to highlight and jot notes on the page and have that save electronically, this device doesn't interest me. For a little more money, you can get a cheap slim laptop that could easily fit in a small bag and do this and much more.

It seems like the first logical step really is to create a software that would allow students to easily study textbooks (highlight text, put corresponding figures near the relevant text without page flips etc.). Something with a nicer interface and runs more smoothly than Adobe at least. Then you could put this on a tablet. This would be revolutionary because then students wouldn't have to pay ~ $1000 a year for textbooks that weigh 20 lbs a piece.

Wouldn't it be cool to have those textbook things like in FFviii or in Xenosaga?


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