Sony Unveils Two New Editions To The Reader Family; Drops eBook Pricing

    Sony is delivering on its promise of making
    digital readers and eBooks more accessible for Canadians with the introduction
    of two new Readers. Sony is also slashing prices for almost new releases and
    New York Times best seller titles in the eBook Store by Sony from $11.99 to
    $9.99 USD. The Reader Touch Edition and Reader Pocket Edition include features
    to suit a broad spectrum of needs including French language support and will
    be available at the end of August at www.sonystyle.ca, Sony Style retail
    locations and select retail partners across Canada.

    “We firmly believe consumers should have choice in every aspect of their
    digital reading experience” said Steve Haber, president of Sony’s Digital
    Reading Business Division. “Our goal is to expand the market and provide open
    access to what consumers want to read when they want to read it – whether you
    buy, borrow, or get it for free.”

    The Reader Pocket Edition sports a five-inch electronic paper display
    packaged in a stylish chassis and is available in three colours, including
    navy blue, rose and silver. The Pocket Edition is easy to navigate with one
    hand, and fits into a purse or jacket pocket. The diminutive device can store
    about 350 standard eBooks and provides up to two weeks of reading enjoyment on
    a single battery charge.

    The Reader Touch Edition features a responsive, menu-driven six-inch
    touch screen panel enables quick, intuitive navigation, page turning,
    highlighting and note taking with the swipe of a finger or by using the
    included stylus pen. Readers can take handwritten notes with the stylus pen or
    type with the virtual keyboard. All notes can be exported and printed out for
    easy reference. The Touch Edition includes an integrated Oxford American
    English Dictionary that allows you to look up a word by simply tapping on it.
    The Touch Edition also offers five adjustable font sizes, as well as expansion
    slots for both Memory Stick(R) PRO Duo(TM) and SD card, making your portable
    library virtually limitless. It comes in red, black or silver.

    Both models feature Sony’s award-winning industrial design and an E
    Ink Vizplex electronic paper display that mimics the look of ink on
    paper. They ship with an attractive protective sleeve and USB cable. Sony’s
    eBook Library software 3.0, which now includes support for Apple Macintosh
    computers as well as PCs, makes it easy to transfer and read any Adobe PDF
    (with reflow capability), Microsoft Word, BBeB files, or other text file
    formats on the Reader.

    Through the eBook Store by Sony (ebookstore.sony.com), Canadians can also
    access more than half a million free public domain books from Google. These
    titles, which Google has digitized as part of its Google Books project, are
    available in EPUB format and are optimized for current models of the Sony
    Reader. From Sony’s eBook Store, Reader owners can download and transfer any
    of these titles to their Reader, while new eBook Store users can access
    available titles after setting up an account and downloading Sony’s free eBook
    Library software.