Sony Reader just got better 4


I blogged a while back about my Sony eReader and how I wasn’t initially sure I’d like it. By the end of the next day I decided I loved it. Well, today, Sony announced they are going to upgrade the eREader’s firmware because they’re opening the ebook Reader to other booksellers. Which means you aren’t tied to buying books just through the Sony ebook store.

The publishing forum backs the format, called Epub, that the latest Reader model will be able to handle after the upgrade. Publishers supporting Epub include Simon & Schuster, Penguin Group, HarperMedia, Hachette Book Group, HarperMedia and Harlequin Enterprises Ltd.

Cool! Right now Sony has about 45,000 books in its library where Kindle currently has 140K according to the article, so this will really open up the ebook realm to Sony eReader owners. I think that was a very farsighted decision by Sony. Plus the firmware update is supposed to improve how the Sony handles PDFs. I’m looking forward to seeing what that does. I’m really glad I made the decision to keep it.


4 thoughts on “Sony Reader just got better

  • Shelley Munro

    I just love ebooks. Unfortunately down this end of the world we’re limited with choice. I have a PDA and hubby has an ipod touch, both which read ebooks. Format is a problem – my PDA does read both pal and pdf though.
    I would kill to have a Kindle. I’m so envious.

  • Julia Smith

    Very cool piece of technology, she says as she trims the wick of her candle and continues to read paper books. Oh wait – I’m blogging – can’t stop the future, can’t stop the future…

    And hope today is an extra lovely day.

  • Susan Helene Gottfried

    I’m loving these updates. Still considering getting a reader of my own…

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