The wish of avid readers and technology buffs
comes true this month with the debut of the Reader Digital Book from Sony in

The Reader (PRS-505) fulfills the promise of electronic reading in a way
that no other device does; coupling an innovative electronic paper display
with simple on-screen controls and stylish design. The Reader’s controls
closely mimic paper page turns and allow for quick, intuitive navigation. The
high-resolution electronic paper display with its fast response and high
contrast ratio, delivers a realistic print look that rivals traditional paper
and results in crisp text and graphics that are readable even in direct
sunlight. And the option to magnify the text in three sizes offers an easy to
read experience.

Travelers can carry as much as they want to read whether they are
traveling across the globe or just around the corner. With the capacity to
store up to 160 typical eBooks, and expansion slots for Memory Stick Duo(TM)
media or SD memory cards, the Reader acts as a practically limitless mobile
library. And with battery life equivalent to approximately 7,500 continuous
page turns, readers can devour multiple bestsellers without having to

“The Reader allows people on the go to carry a wide variety of reading
materials whether they are on a flight, in a waiting room, or outdoors,” said
Gabrielle Holmes, Director of Marketing, Portable Audio, Sony of Canada Ltd.
“The Reader can handle a stack of books as well as other documents, yet offers
a ‘book-like’ reading experience unavailable with other electronic devices.”

The eBook Store from Sony

Sony’s online eBook store offers a broad and growing selection of fiction
and non-fiction, bestsellers, well-known authors, classics and more, with rich
descriptive content in the form of author biographies, expert book reviews and
reader commentary. Close to 40,000 eBook titles are available to download to
the Reader via the companion PC software, with new ones added daily. Explore
the eBook Store at

In addition to electronic books, the Reader can also store and display
personal and business documents in Adobe PDF format, RTF, text and JPEG
images. The USB-based mass storage capability allows the device to be used as
a portable drive for the direct transfer of documents, images and other files.
An auto sync feature also lets users set up folders with books and documents
that can be automatically synchronized when the device is connected to a PC.

Pricing and Availability

The Reader comes complete with USB cable, soft protective cover, and
eBook Library software and will be available for sale at the end of April at , and at Sony Style retail stores across Canada (excluding
Quebec) for an MSRP of $299.