On August 4th, Sony launched two new e-book devices.
The Reader Pocket Edition weighs only 7.76 ounces, is designed to be the e-book for everyman or woman. It comes in three colors: blue, rose, and silver. The best part is the price – $199. Compare this with the Reader Touch Edition, Sony’s earlier e-book device, and the Kindle from Amazon.
The Reader Touch Edition has a touch screen, clear navigation and finger or stylus enabled note taking. The Touch Edition has adjustable font sizes, an onboard Oxford American English Dictionary, and memory slots for SD cards and Memory Sticks. The price for the Reader Touch Edition is $299. This price is closer to the pricing we’ve seen for e-book devices in the past.
Sony also plans to reduce the price on all new releases and best sellers at its e-book store. The price will be $9.99 each, down from $11.99. Sony will also offer access to Google’s public domain library. Sony will have access to more than 1 million books for use on its e-book devices via a deal with Google announced last month.
I think the Reader Pocket Edition might be a good idea, even if you never bought a book. Just the access to free books on Google’s public domain library and the portability might make it worth it. Then again, why not read on your iPod or iTouch? (See my article dated June 22, 2009 entitled “Do you Love Reading or Do You Love Books?”).
Are you going to buy one of these? If so, why? Leave a comment and let us know what you think!