Following last week’s leaks, Sony has officially announced two new additions to its range of ebook readers.
So far on US pricing is known but the entry level, 5” screen Reader Pocket Edition will be selling for $199 when it hits the shops at the end of August with the Reader Touch Edition set to retail “for about $299.”
The Pocket Edition will be available in a variety of colors, including navy blue, rose and silver and has been designed to fit into a purse or jacket pocket.
The diminutive device can store about 350 standard eBooks and provides up to two weeks of reading enjoyment on a single battery charge.
Touch Edition features a menu-driven six-inch touch screen panel and allows users to take handwritten notes with the stylus pen or type with the virtual keyboard. All notes can be exported and printed out for easy reference.
The Reader Touch Edition includes an onboard Oxford American English Dictionary that allows you to look up a word by simply tapping on it and also offers five adjustable font sizes, as well as expansion slots for both Memory Stick® PRO Duo™ and SD card.
In a move away from Sony’s decision to make previous Readers, including the PRS-505 currently on sale in the UK, Windows only, the new devices will include support for Apple Macs. Both devices will offer support for Adobe PDF (with reflow capability), MS Word and BBeB files.