Sony posts 'Daily Edition' e-book reader teaser
Wireless Kindle-killer near release?
Updated Sony has begun teasing e-book reader buffs with a backside glance at a new version of its Reader - the 'Daily Edition'.
Sony's e-book reader range: wireless Daily Edition on its way?
Update The word over the interweb from Sony's launch even is that the Daily Reader has a 7in screen, 3G connectivity and a $399 (£244/€279) price tag. According to Sony, it'll be available in the US by Christmas.
The new Reader is said by Sony to be "coming soon" and... er... that's it. A small piccy of the device suggests it's a little bigger than its siblings, but a closer inspection reveals it's Sony's usual snap of the back of the PRS-600 - aka the 'Touch Edition' Reader - blown up.
Will the Daily Edition be larger than the 17.3 x 12cm PRS-600 or the 15.6 x 10.6cm PRS-300 'Pocket Edition'? Well, if the assumption, taken from the device's moniker, that this might be a wireless gadget for the delivery of newspapers, then it is indeed likely to be bigger.
Unlike Amazon's Kindle, Sony's e-book readers have never had on-board wireless connectivity. Whether the Daily Edition will have Wi-Fi, cellular or both remains to be seen. ®
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@Till Dipper - LaserDisk is the name you're looking for I believe?
@el Reg: Any news on UK pricing for the other sony readers? Especially the small cheaper one?
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Can't help but huzzah when someone helps me row the boat away from the most useless electronic device since the pre-Betamax thingy that played movies stored on giant, LP-sized floppy disks, the name of which escapes me (help?). Huzzah.
Save your money. Buy a book, a pencil, and join a library.
Well my phones does those too, since 2001. But does it have a 6" screen? It is comfortable to read it under the sunlight? More importantly, can you read thousands of pages on a single charge?
Didn't think so.
Besides the big news here (that El Reg chooses to ignore), is the new software that allows users borrow ebooks from their online local libraries for free.
But will it have...?
A wireless eInk Linux box would be something special. All it now needs is a few cunningly concealed pins connected to a USB host chipset and you would have something very special indeed.
Is SDIO a software or hardware feature? Could reflashing the device with a suitable custom distro give us an SDIO-enhanced pocket computer? And will anyone ever actually bring out an SDIO USB host adapter?
value for money.
You could only buy about 500 - 1000 newspapers for the cost of the device alone.
(and you can wipe your arse on them as well, best use many would say)