More 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”. (Because, after all, e-books are known for finite supply and manufacturing costs!)
Harry Potter or no, I have a hard time imagining too many people going for this when competing readers cost $20-$30 less. Sony might be trying to compete on quality, but I suspect the e-reader marketplace is currently focusing squarely on price.