Sony's Reader Daily Edition Up For Pre-Sale At $399

Sony's Reader Daily Edition Up For Pre-Sale At $399

It may have been Kindle's world for awhile, but that's hardly the case any longer. Amazon has seen stiff competition from both Barnes & Noble (with its Nook) and Sony (with a variety of Readers), but the latter is finally stepping up its game in a big way. The Reader Daily Edition, which is Sony's most serious rival in the connected e-reader market, is now up for pre-sale at SonyStyle.com.

The Daily Reader includes integrated 3G from AT&T, giving users the opportunity to download books over the air so long as an AT&T tower is nearby. The device itself will include a menu-drive, 7" touch panel that can be used with a finger or stylus, and there's even a built-in Oxford American English Dictionary. We're hearing that some shipments may not make it out before Christmas, so if you're hoping to get one under the tree, you could probably go ahead and snag your place in line ASAP.



  Sony’s new Reader Daily Edition is now on sale at SonyStyle.com.

o          The Reader Daily Edition provides wireless access to Sony’s eBookstore from most of the U.S.

o          Wireless access is provided by a 3G mobile broadband network.

o          The Reader Daily Edition’s seven-inch wide, full touch screen display provides intuitive navigation and comfortable layout of content, including newspapers and magazines, in portrait or landscape orientation.

o          In portrait mode, about 30-35 lines of text are visible, making the experience very similar to that of a printed paperback book.

o          A high contrast ratio with 16 levels of grayscale ensures that text and images are crisp and easy to read.

o          The Reader Daily Edition features an attractive aluminum body with an integrated protective cover.

o          Easy access to the embedded dictionary with a simple double-tap on a word for its meaning.

o          The Reader Daily Edition has enough internal memory to hold more than one thousand standard eBooks and expansion slots for memory cards to hold even more.

o          It will sell for about $399.

o          Newspaper and magazine content providers to be unveiled within the next month.


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I wonder about the level of customer support that they'll offer for this device. As I said in an earlier post, I almost bought a Kindle after trying out my daughter's at her house this summer. I didn't buy it because of the indifference shown to the legitimate owners by Amazon when someone steals a kindle and is allowed to continue using the device as long as they sign up and pay for new service. Amazon actively prevents law enforcement from obtaining the identity of the people re-registering the device, requiring a court order before complying with official requests. This amounts to a "Screw You" from Amazon to the people who originally bought the device from them. I will not do any business with them ever again until they change their ways.

If Sony does the same, then shame on them too.

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I forgot to tell you Realneil: My wife misplaced her Kindle. I freaked her out with your daughter's story!

She immediately called Amazon, and they were able to disable it and put a hold on activity for it. Luckily, she later found it in her van (had slid between the center-console and seat), and Amazon re-enabled it for her.

Still, I agree with you - it should be easier to get the re-registration info. They should at LEAST give it to the old owner - I mean, you don't sell your Kindle without knowing who you're selling it to, right?

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