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What is the Sony Reader?

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What is the Sony Reader?

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In the US, Amazon.com recently released their Kindle – a handheld electronic book reader. It’s been very well received, but it seems that the Kindle won’t be coming to the UK any time soon. However, the UK market bow has its own ebook reader. In September 2008, the Sony Reader popped onto the scene to introduce electronic books to the UK. This is a revolutionary electronic book reader. It holds around 160 books and uses a new electronic ink technology, so that what you’re reading onscreen is as close to the bookreading experience as possible. There’s no backlight, no flicker, just a crisp 6 inch screen full of readable text. Some of the features of Sony’s new eBook reader include: a long battery life, text zoom, bookmarks. It can also read Word documents, PDFs as well as play MP3 files.

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Sony launched the Sony Reader, model number PRS-505, in September 2008. It’s been out in the US for a little while, and is an update to the original Sony Reader PRS-500. Although ebook readers have been around for a while (back in the Psion days), they’ve only recently become ‘mainstream’ after Amazon.com started making online books accessible with the Kindle ebook reader. The Kindle is not available in the UK, so Waterstones partnered with Sony to release the PRS-505 to the UK bookreading market.

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The Sony Reader is a digital reader that must be connected to a computer to download books. It can hold about 80 books (more with an SD card) and also plays MP3s and audio books. Like the Kindle, it can display a reader’s personal PDF files, other documents, blogs and news feeds.

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