Sony has announced the launch of its new eReader, which is claimed to be the lightest touch screen 6″ eReader device, Reader Wi-Fi (PRS-T1). At under 6 ounces and with a 6″ E-Ink Pearl V220 touch screen, Reader Wi-Fi is smaller than an average paperback book, can easily fit into a bag or pocket and is available in three color choices: black, red or white.
As part of Sony’s effort to support the Public Library System, Reader Wi-Fi will also offer wireless connectivity to the public library system in the US and Canada via a dedicated icon on the device to allow easy borrowing of free e-books with a valid library card.
Readers can access and download over 2.5 million titles via a Wi-Fi connection from Reader Store or shop from a wide range of bookstores and other websites that provide books in digital formats compatible with Reader Wi-Fi, such as EPUB, PDF and TXT.
“We believe in giving readers more freedom and flexibility while reading, and the new Reader Wi-Fi gives avid readers more access to content than ever. Bibliophiles can now buy, borrow or download free books wherever there’s a Wi-Fi connection,” said Phil Lubell, vice president of Networked Technology and Services Division at Sony Electronics.
Sony’s first offer in collaboration with J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore website is a specially created Reader Wi-Fi with a Pottermore promotion (PRS-T1HBC) which includes a voucher that enables Harry Potter fans to download free the first Harry Potter eBook title, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, from Pottermore, when it becomes available.
Pottermore, partnered with Sony, is a website which builds an online experience around the Harry Potter books and is the exclusive retailer of the Harry Potter digital eBooks.
Reader Wi-Fi (PRS-T1) and Reader Wi-Fi with Pottermore promotion (PRS-T1HBC) are expected to be available October 2011 for about $149 at Sony Stores, online at http://store.sony.com, and other authorized retailers.