Hello, everyone. Those of you who’ve been following e-reading for a while might know me as former Senior Writer for TeleRead.com, where I’ve been for the last six years. I talked a little about the history of e-reading that happened during the six years I was writing there in my farewell post to the site.
For my inaugural post here, I thought I would go into my own personal e-reading background and what my hopes are for the future of e-books. Once you know where I’ve come from, then you can follow where I’m going. Let’s begin.
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This isn’t a very good deal, but I’m posting it just incase some one is interested.
Big Lots are currently carrying refurbished Sony Reader PRS-300 for $99. This is Sony’s older ereader with a 5″ E-ink screen. It doesn’t have Wifi, a touchscreen, or any of the annotation options of the current generation, but it does support Adobe DE DRM, at least.
I would avoid this ereader because there are better options in the $99 price range. This ereader is small, yes, but it lacks a card slot and it only has 512MB of Flash storage. Plus, it’s refurbished.
Last summer Sony started a new program to distribute ereaders to select libraries in the US. Partner libraries also got training, technical support, educational materials, and several Sony Readers for the staff to use.
Today Sony expanded that program by including 30 more libraries across the US.
For more details, please visit www.sony.com/libraryprogram.
From the press release: [Read more →]
Engadget is reporting that Sony working on a dual screen Android tablet. They don’t have much in the way of technical details, but they were told that the new tablet, known as the “S2″ internally, closely resembles an oval cylinder when closed. It’s supposed to use a tegra 2CPU and have Wifi, 3G, and a pair of cameras.
I might be a little early in calling this a fad, but I don’t think so. NEC showed off their dual screen communicator at CES 2011. Toshiba had one on the market last year (briefly). And now Sony is supposed to be working on one.
I think we’ll see at least 4 or 5 more before the end of 2011.
Last Saturday the head of Sony Australia gave an interview on how Sony was thinking about pulling their music from iTunes. Today it looks like that might not be the case. The San Francisco Chronicle asked Sony Network Entertainment COO Brandon Layden about the story from last Saturday, and he says it ain’t gonna happen:
Sony Music as I understand it has no intention of withdrawing from iTunes, they’re one of our biggest partners in the digital domain. I think those words were either taken out of context or the person who spoke them was unclear on the circumstances.
See, I told you they weren’t do anything crazy.
Now, this isn’t someone with their music division, but then again neither was the other the other fellow. I thought at the time the statements from last Saturday were made in the heat of the moment, and that it wasn’t going to become ooffcial Sony policy. It looks like I was right.
Do you realize that one of the likely side effects of Sony pulling music from iTunes is piracy? I’m sur ethat crossed their mind.
Michael Ephraim, the head of Sony for Australia and NZ, was interviewed by The Age yesterday. He is rather pissed with the recent behavior of Apple, and he’d really like to see Sony sever all ties.
You know, when Apple decided to enforce that contract clause, perhaps they should have started with a company smaller than Sony. Sony are considering pulling their music and games from iTunes, and then stopping development of new games for iOS. And they could actually do it, too. [Read more →]
As you might recall, last week Sony released their long awaited ebook app – for Android. I’ve just learned today that Sony won’t be able to offer the iOS app -Apple nixed the app. (See, this is why I don’t like app stores.)
Sony had announced the apps when they launched their latest Sony Readers back in September. The apps had originally been promised for November, which then got bumped to December, which then got bumped to January.The reason for the delays? Apple. My Sony contact told me that Apple were dragging their feet. [Read more →]
I’ve just been told that the Sony Reader app is now listed in the Android Market. It supports Epub and PDF ebooks purchased form the Sony Ebookstore, and it requires Android v2.2.
That last detail is kinda funny considering that all of Sony’s Android phones run v2.1 (according to my tipster). Here’s the description from AppBrain: [Read more →]
The developers at EbookApps have announced an update for their alternative firmware for the Sony PRS-505 and PRS-300. Improvements include:
- Added applications: Chess, Calculator, Sudoku, Minesweeper, Shultz table.
- Ukrainian localization. (We need your further help with UI localizations!)
- Improvements in Fonts Settings.
- Minor changes and bug-fixes.
- For developers: SDK for applications development for our firmware is coming soon! [Read more →]
As of last night I thought they’d get the apps out in time. Looks like I was wrong.
Update: The word on Twitter is that Sony are waiting on Apple approval for the iPhone app. It’s certainly possible.
via Sony Ebookstore