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.