Sony Reader Touch Edition

Posted: August 24, 2009 in Discover Technology

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The Sony Reader is an e-book reader. It uses an electronic paper display developed by E Ink Corporation that has 166dpi resolution, eight levels of grayscale, is viewable in direct sunlight, requires no power to maintain a static image, and is usable in portrait or landscape orientation. The reader uses an iTunes Store-like interface to purchase books from Sony Connect eBook store. It also can display Adobe PDFs, ePub format, personal documents, blogs, RSS newsfeeds,JPEGs, and Sony’s proprietary BBeB (“BroadBand eBook”) format. The Reader can play MP3 and unencrypted AACaudio files.

The digital rights management rules of the Reader allow any purchased e-book to be read on up to six devices (at least one of those 6 must be a PC). Although the owner cannot share purchased eBooks on others’ devices and accounts, the ability to register five Readers to a single account and share books accordingly is a possible workaround.

The Sony Reader competes with other e-paper devices: the Amazon Kindle, iRex iLiad, the Jinke Hanlin eReader, and CyBook by Bookeen.

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Some feature of Sony Reader:

Elegant 6” display with touchscreen:

The Reader Touch Edition™ features a 6” display with simple, easy-to-use touchscreen navigation. Turn pages with the swipe of a finger and enjoy fast and intuitive navigation of your favorite books.

Carry hundreds of books:

Not sure which books to bring on your trip? With the Reader Touch Edition™, you will never have to make that choice again. 512MB of onboard memory lets you carry up to 350 of your favorite books at a time and with dual memory expansion card slots, your reading library is virtually limitless.

Charge & read for two full weeks:

Enjoy up to two full weeks of reading (7,500 continuous page turns) on a single battery charge.

Adjustable font sizes:

The Reader Touch Edition™ offers you the ability to resize text. Choose from five adjustable font sizes to improve readability.

Thin ,light & portable design:

Whether you’re venturing across town or across the country, the Reader Touch Edition™ makes an ideal travelling companion. Measuring just 0.4” thin and weighing less than 10.1 ounces, the Reader Touch Edition is thinner and more lightweight than almost any book, and even many magazines.

Built in Dictonary:

A handy search function lets you look up words in the built-in Oxford American English Dictionary.

USB 2.0 data & power connection:

Transfer eBooks and charge your Reader Touch Edition™ using a single USB 2.0 cable.

Compatible with PC & Mac:

eBook Library 3.0 software makes it easy to download eBooks, manage your collection, and transfer titles to your Reader Touch Edition™. eBook Library 3.0 software works with both PC and Mac.

Multiple formates available:

The Reader Touch Edition™ supports Adobe® PDF , Microsoft® Word, BBeB® Book and other text file formats, as well as ePub/ACS4 and connection with Adobe Digital Edition . You can even play back unsecured MP3 and AAC audio files (headphones required and sold separately).

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Display:

  • Gray Scale : 8-levels gray scale.
  • Resolution : 800 x 600 pixels.
  • Screen Size : Vizplex™ 6 inches.

Power:

  • AC Power : DC 5.2 V.
  • Battery Life (Approx) : 7,500 (Book) Continuous page turns, 6,800 (ePub) .
  • Battery Type : Rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery: DC 3.7 V.
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