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Sony readies Reader e-book app for iPhone

Coming to Android too

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Sony has taken a leaf out of Amazon's e-book and is preparing e-book reader apps for both the iPhone and Android.

The app, simply called Reader, will be out next month.

It presents a similar UI to that employed by Sony's Reader line of e-book readers, and also presents the Reader Store, Sony's own online bookshop.

Sony Reader app

The Reader Store is currently online open in the US, so it'll be interesting to see how Sony translates the app for Brits. Over here, the company steers users toward e-bookshops run by Waterstones and WH Smith.

Both of these use Adobe's DRM technology to protect their ePub-format e-books, so quite apart from anything else, Sony's Reader app will hopefully allow iOS device and Android smartphone owners to view licensed content from shops other than Apple's iTunes and Amazon's Kindle Store - the latter is already available as an iOS app.

Indeed, it should allow folk to borrow DRM'd books from local libraries, almost all of which offer Adobe-shielded ePubs to borrow. ®

Watch out for Reg Hardware's investigation into the murky world of e-book pricing later this week

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