Sony’s E-Reader Finally Goes Wireless

By  |  Tuesday, August 25, 2009 at 9:23 am

Until now, discussions of the e-book rivalry between Amazon’s Kindle and Sony’s Reader have had to point out that Sony’s gadget lacked the wireless connectivity that was probably the Kindle’s best feature. No longer: At a press event at the New York Public Library, Sony announced the Reader Daily Edition, its first e-reader that lets you buy books via wireless broadband. The carrier in this case is AT&T (the Kindle uses Sprint) and the Daily Edition will ship in December for $399. (Two cheaper Sony e-reader models, sans wireless, are available now.)

Sony E-Reader

The Daily Edition will be $100 more than the comparable Kindle; without trying it, it’s hard to gauge whether it’s worth the extra bucks. (It does have a touch-screen interface rather than the Kindle’s somewhat clunky buttons and tiny joystick.) And over the long haul, Sony’s support for the open EPub e-book standard could be a major advantage over Amazon’s use of its proprietary format.

In any event, it’s nice to see that Sony is responding to the Kindle’s dominance of a market it pioneered by redoubling its efforts. Next year should bring lots of e-book developments–such as the release of the Plastic Logic reader–but for now, it’s an Amazon-vs.-Sony war, and they’re both going great guns.

 
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  1. Joe Fitzpatrick Says:

    This was a great article that did an excellent job of comparing two great products. It was exactly what I was looking for concerning these two items in particular. It helped me decide very quickly which product I will buy. I was looking for the one that is more versatile with regard to downloading. Also the fact that Amazon removed a book a few weeks back from people’s Kindles after they paid for the download. I do not want to be in that kind of powerless position because of some corporate misunderstanding about certain copyrights. That did not enhance their image in my mind because I feel once you buy something in good faith then it is yours permanently and should no longer be used to correct corporate mistakes. So I will be waiting for the availability of the Sony because of its more expansive choices for downloading. I am hoping that when the Sony is available you will do an evaluation of its merits to see if the extra $100.00 is worth it.

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