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Adobe’s change of DRM could end old e-readers’ compatibility with e-book stores
February 3, 2014 | 5:27 pm

Here’s a story Nate covered over on The Digital Reader, that could be important in months to come. Adobe is changing up its DRM format, and as of July, will stop supporting the old format altogether. Any new EPUB e-books sold with Adobe DRM on them will be incompatible with older readers unless they have been upgraded. This really is a pretty big deal. Pretty much every e-reader sold besides Kindle and Nook used Adobe ADEPT e-book DRM. (And I seem to recall even Nook could support ADEPT DRM even though B&N used a slightly different DRM format for...

Baen places e-books in Sony store
August 9, 2013 | 11:06 pm

Fullscreen capture 892013 100234 PM.bmpAnother brief Baen update: Baen e-books have started appearing on the Sony e-book store. It’s hard to tell how many, because it’s apparently not possible to search by publisher, but a number of Baen David Weber, David Drake, and other titles have started to show up. Baen publisher Toni Weisskopf said on the Baen Bar that a press release had been approved and was supposed to go out today, though I don’t find any sign of it on Google News yet. The biggest surprise for me in all this is really that Sony is still selling e-books at all....

New Sony e-readers pass FCC testing
June 27, 2013 | 5:15 pm

Sony-PRS-T3-FCCSony’s still making e-readers? Apparently so. The Digital Reader reports Sony’s latest, the PRS-T3, has just passed FCC validation. Details are sparse on the ground. It’s got Wi-Fi, there are two models (one of which may be touchscreen), and one report mentions Bluetooth. Nate Hoffelder figures it’s got about a 6” screen, and will probably launch in the US and Europe in August. It’s nice they’re still out there trying new things, even if the most you can really say about them is that they can be used as evidence in anti-trust trials that there really is “competition” to...

Sony adds “Family Tree” of books as discovery tool
June 6, 2013 | 12:45 pm

I admit when I saw the Sony blog post, my first impression was "you gotta be kidding me!" But then I suppressed my inner skeptic and took a closer look. The idea is simple. Sony has looked at a bunch of well-known books and apparently analyzed writing style and genre to come up with a family tree of books, marrying up some odd crosses like "Romance" and "Sci-Fi." The intent is to lead readers from one book they like to other books they might like. Kind of a neat idea, although "marrying" "Fifty Shades" to "The Notebook" was decidedly odd. I did follow...

Weighing in on Sony’s new PRS-T2 Reader
August 22, 2012 | 12:30 pm

About a week ago, Sony finally got around to launching its new touchscreen e-ink e-reader—the PRS-T2 Reader—and the reviews, both pro and con, are streaming in faster than a T3 Trunk Line. For those of you interested in the device's specs and details, keep scrolling; we've got those for you directly below. At the bottom of the post, you'll find links to a round-up of reviews ... ¶ The PRS-T2 Reader is certainly one of the lightest e-readers ever, weighing in at just under six ounces. It's retailing for around US$130. ¶ The PRS-T2 has a 6-inch touchscreen, an e-Ink display, a built-in stylus and Wi-Fi access....

In UK, Sony discounts ten e-books to 20p; price-matcher Amazon gets the blame
July 28, 2012 | 1:13 am

I hadn’t been aware of this until just today, probably because it happened on the other side of the Atlantic, but in recent weeks there’s been a bit of a furor over Amazon UK listing several e-books for only 20 pence each. It turns out, though, that this isn’t Amazon’s “fault”—Amazon is only pricematching Sony. Sony recently launched its own UK e-book store with 20 pence promotions on ten e-books, which will apparently change over time—including, oddly enough, titles from Macmillan, whose American branch was so concerned about Amazon’s $9.99 e-book prices eroding the value of e-books that it...

New Kindle price model may present quandary to competitors
September 28, 2011 | 7:33 pm

Yesterday, perhaps hoping to stage a preemptive strike on Amazon, Barnes & Noble announced a new cooperative venture with self-publisher Lulu.com, which is supposed to make it easier for Lulu customers to get their books published as Nook e-books. However, given that B&N was already partnering with Lulu on self-publishing e-books, it is entirely unclear how it was harder before and how it will be easier now. And this bright bundle of glittering generalities does not seem to have helped in the end. Barnes & Noble’s stock was down by as much as 13% after Amazon’s Kindle announcement today,...

Sony Reader Wi-Fi available for pre-order
September 24, 2011 | 10:41 pm

For those who favor the Sony Reader, Engadget reports that the latest version, with wi-fi and a Pearl e-ink touchscreen, has just become available for pre-order for $149.99 from Sony’s website. The device will ship sometime around October 16th. I have my doubts that Sony is going to have staying power in the e-reader biz for much longer, but perhaps it will surprise me. At any rate, if you have a thing for the Sony Reader, have a blast....

New Sony Reader includes wi-fi, free Harry Potter e-book
August 31, 2011 | 10:33 pm

sony-reader-wi-fi-oMore details are coming out about Sony’s latest entry into the e-reader market, the T1. At 168g (5.9 oz), the device is touted as the lightest e-reader ever, with a 6” touchscreen display, stylus, and built-in wi-fi access. The wi-fi will allow purchases from Sony’s on-line bookstore, and also borrowing e-books wirelessly from libraries that support it. The US cost of the device will be $149. Available in red, white, and black colors, the black version (but not the other two) will include a coupon for a free download of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone “while supplies last”....

New Sony e-reader spotted on Dutch website
August 29, 2011 | 1:47 am

sony-ereader2Seemingly relegated to the also-ran position by Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, and possibly even Kobo, Sony is still not giving up the e-reader fight just yet. Engadget reports on finding a new wi-fi-equipped Sony PRS-T1 e-reader for sale on a Dutch webpage. The device hews to the standard black, angular Sony style, and Engadget speculates that it might be Android-powered just based on what its control buttons look like. The device costs €165 (equivalent to $240 US) on that website, and will probably be a bit cheaper when and if it’s introduced here—but can it be cheap...

More signs that Sony is about to launch a new ereader model
August 1, 2011 | 11:13 am

Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader has been tracking signs of new ereader activity coming from Sony, and despite the company disavowing its own executive's slip-up it looks like a new device is on the way. The first clue is that a device called the PRS-T1 Digital Book Reader was found last week on the FCC website. The second clue is that several ebook models are showing up as out of stock or discontinued on the Sony Style store. Via The Digital Reader ...

Wall Street Journal covers Amazon Android tablet plans
July 17, 2011 | 6:15 pm

The Wall Street Journal has covered Amazon’s much-rumored plans for a tablet, with a long and thoughtful article considering how such a device might affect the sales of Amazon’s Kindle, and what Amazon’s competitors in the e-book and digital media marketplaces are doing. The piece has some interesting information from anonymous inside sources about what features the tablet will offer: Amazon's tablet will have a roughly nine-inch screen and will run on Google's Android platform, said people familiar with the device. Unlike the iPad, it won't have a camera, one of these people said. While...

Sony says reports of new Sony Reader devices are “inaccurate”
July 16, 2011 | 5:28 pm

Just a few days ago, Sony executive Phil Lubell told Bloomberg that the company has two new ereader devices launching "probably" in August. Now the company appears to be backtracking on that statement, according to a response it sent to VentureBeat today. VentureBeat's article, published yesterday, looked at Sony's poor performance in the ereader wars compared to Amazon and Barnes & Noble, despite having a head start. There's not a lot of new information for the Teleread audience. However, Sony took issue with the article and responded with this: It is true that Sony is committed to the Reader category and believes...

Sony: Hey, we’re bringing out new ereaders and tablets, too
July 14, 2011 | 10:50 am

Although Sony has long offered some nicely designed, feature-packed E Ink readers, the company has trailed Amazon and Barnes & Noble for a while now in both sales and media coverage, and this week is no exception. Yesterday, while Amazon sucked up all the media attention, Sony Electronic's vice president of digital reading Phil Lubell told Bloomberg that his company plans to introduce two new Sony Reader models "probably" in August, and is currently working on two tablet devices for release later in 2011. The article doesn't provide much info in the way of hardware specs, but it looks like prices...

Borders liquidation sale includes $60 Kobo Wireless readers, $108 Sony Readers
March 23, 2011 | 10:35 pm

cheapreadersNot all Borders bankruptcy bargains are bogus. We actually mentioned this earlier, but I thought it worth mentioning again for personal considerations relating to me: Borders has Kobo Wireless e-readers on sale for $60, 57% off its original asking price of $140. The Sony Reader is marked down to $108 from $180—not quite as good a deal. Also worth noting is that the 2-year e-reader protection plan package is marked down from $50 to $20. Ordinarily I wouldn’t buy those on anything less than a HDTV (and after having worked tech support for HDTVs, I definitely would recommend...

Apple clarifies Sony Reader rejection, demands cut of all e-book sales
February 1, 2011 | 1:14 pm

In an update to the story I posted earlier today about Apple rejecting Sony's Reader app, Ars Technica has now heard a response from Apple, and it comes with some pretty dire implications for other e-book apps. It seems that Apple is no longer going to be content to allow apps to access content purchased elsewhere unless it comes with an identical option to purchase the content from within the app as well. The rub here is, of course, that Apple takes a 30% cut of any purchases made within the app itself. And since agency pricing (which Apple...

Apple rejects Sony Reader iPhone app over in-app purchases (UPDATED)
February 1, 2011 | 7:46 am

sonyreaderiphoneRemember my concern that Apple’s new rules for in-app purchases might imperil e-book reader apps other than its own iBooks? It looks like the process may be beginning. Sony has been trying to bring a Sony Reader e-book app to the iPhone (only arriving about three years late to the party—seriously, why did they wait this long?), but Apple has told them nothing doing. Sony writes on its e-book store site: Unfortunately, with little notice, Apple changed the way it enforces its rules and this will prevent the current version of the Reader™ for iPhone® from being available in the app...

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