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Sony launches new Reader Digital Book

eBook offered with credit for 100 classic books

Sony has announced the latest edition of the Reader Digital Book. The new version - model PRS-505 - will be available in the US this month at Sony Style stores and on the Sony Style website, as well as at Borders book stores.

For $300 (£150), people will get a paperback book-sized Reader, which can hold up to 160 books, in either silver or dark blue.

A Sony spokesman was unable to provide a specific date for the launch of the new Reader.

To get people started on the new Reader, Sony is offering credit for 100 classic books, including the works of Shakespeare and Jane Austen, on Connect, an eBooks store set up by Sony. The site includes 20,000 eBooks, including the latest editions of many top authors and much of the New York Times Bestsellers' list.

Improvements to the reader include nearly twice the storage space, a battery that will last around 7,500 page views, new controls that are redesigned to mimic page-turning and allow quicker navigation, and a USB port allowing the transfer of data from a PC. The new Reader also includes slots for Memory Stick Duo and SD memory cards to increase storage capacity.

An auto-sync feature with the new edition allows users to create a folder for books and documents on their computer with which they can automatically synchronise the Reader.


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