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New Sony Reader

Introduction this Spring of the new Sony Reader should do some major damage to the paperback publishing business, and have tree huggers clapping.

What a compelling selling case we seem to have here too: thinner than most paperbacks, you get this electronic high-resolution electronic paper display which delivers a ‘realistic print look’ which is readable from a variety of viewing angles, easy one-handed page flipping capability and the capacity to store hundreds of books…a walking library. The battery , according to Sony, provides 7,500 page turns, ‘avid readers can devour a dozen bestsellers plus War and Peace without having to recharge.’

And content?: Sony software will allow users to search and browse through thousands of downloadable eBooks and manage them once purchased. Random House, HarperCollins Publishers, Penguin-Putnam, Simon & Schuster and Time Warner Book Group will apparently support Sony’s e-reading initiative.

Sony’s press release here

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