Technology.am (Aug. 26, 2009) — Sony’s 5 inch ‘Reader Pocket Edition’ for $199, and the 6 inch ‘Reader Touch Edition’priced at $299.
Now Sony has launched a 7-inch wireless edition of its electronic-book reader, called ‘Reader Daily Edition’ for $399 that is a direct challenge to Amazon’s two Kindle offerings, which include a model with a 6 inch display for $299 and a 10-inch screen for $489.
Sony claims that its touchscreen ebook reader can hold a maximum of 1000 books, whereas Kindle DX can hold 3500 books. But the DX doesn’t have a touchscreen and costs $489, while Sony Ebook Reader Daily Edition is cheaper.
The Sony Reader Daily Edition is the only one with a built-in wireless connection that enables you to buy digital books directly from Sony’s eBook store.
Unlike, the Kindle, the Sony Reader Daily Edition can be used to read books in portrait or landscape form.
Sony allows users to download e-books from their local libraries and it has an app to “borrow” books from local libraries for 21 days. At the end of the library’s lending period, e-books simply expire, thereby no late fees.
Kindle uses proprietary technology to give the impression of printed paper. Sony uses E Ink® Vizplex™ electronic paper display.
While Amazon Kindle uses Sprint’s proprietary technology called Whispernet, which is basically wireless 3G EVDO, Sony Ebook reader Daily Edition will use AT&T’s 3G network.
The wireless connection in the Reader Daily Edition is provided through AT&T’s 3G mobile broadband network, which enables the user to buy digital books directly from Sony, like Kindle users who also buy e-books directly from Amazon.
Unlike Kindle, which sells ebooks in a proprietary Amazon format which can be read only on the Kindle, Sony subscribes to the open-source technology of ePub.
Sony has a deal to offer Google’s 500,000 digitized book to Reader users free, and convert the Sony eBook Store to the ePub format.
The Sony Reader Daily Edition will be available in the US from December.