Sony E-Book Reader Taps Into Public Library Books

August 26, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Sony is upping the stakes in its battle to compete with Amazon’s popular Kindle e-book reader, by expanding the available content for its own e-book Reader to include digital material from public libraries. In time for the holiday shopping season, Sony is also launching a new 3G-enabled wireless Reader with a seven-inch touch screen to join its hardware lineup, which already includes a slim pocket Edition and the Reader Touch Edition.

Sony announced its new partnership with public libraries at a press event at the New York Public Library, where an executive explained that owners of Sony’s Reader would soon be able to check out digital books from libraries with a 21-day expiration period.

Sony’s new Reader Daily Edition was displayed, which will retail for $399, offer free 3G connectivity and have the capacity to store up to 1,000 standard e-books. Sony’s business plan for its e-book readers is one of ease and availability. In addition to library books, Sony is also offering consumers access to the Google Books Project, with access to over a million public domain books.

Sony’s library management software would also make available, compatible books that use Adobe’s DRM service from 200 members of the American Bookseller’s Association. Sony’s e-book Readers use the EPUB format, which is an XML-based standard for storing text that makes it easy to access material using various formats.

Whether Sony’s accessibility to content, gives the company enough of an edge to win over fans of Amazon’s Kindle, remains to be seen.

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