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Morning Roundup: People still love their Sony eReaders. Charting Nook’s decline
September 10, 2014 | 9:00 am

sony ereadersA Case for Old-School Values is a Click-Driven Journalism Landscape (Media Shift) I’d argue though that the smartest bets in media are going to be companies that fulfill the best values of traditional journalism through the means and necessities of the new digital landscape. *** People Still Love Their Sony eReaders (GoodeReader) Why are readers so enamored with a company that have completely abandoned the consumer sector? A number of users have weighed in from all four corners of the internet. *** Charting Nook's Decline (Digital Book World) What was once thought to be the only credible challenger to Amazon’s dominance of the ebook business in the...

Weekend Links: Sony Reader is gone. Building a better Amazon
August 3, 2014 | 11:00 am

sony readerIt's Official---The Sony Reader is Kaput (The Digital Reader) Sony has confirmed today that they will not be making another ebook reader – not even for their sole remaining market in Japan. *** For the Author's Guild & Other Legacy Publishing Pundits (Joe Konrath) I tweeted to CJ, who is the Guild's executive Council, that she could email me and I'd give her my Guild wish list. (CJ is on the road, but she just kindly responded in the comments.) It got me thinking what an actual name-representative Authors Guild would do for authors. *** Building a Better Amazon (PW) So, over two days last week, I...

Sony Offers Affiliate Program for E-Books
July 7, 2013 | 9:30 am

Sony seems to be focusing its efforts on e-books, and trying to get readers out there on board by getting them money. Sony announced its first affiliate program through Commission Junction, according to The Digital Reader. It will pay six percent on every e-book sold through its affiliate links on websites and blogs. This seems to focus directly on author websites and book blogging sites. It’s interesting to see Sony move in this direction. Authors promote their books on their websites and social media. Often, they send links to Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo – where they could also make affiliate...

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...

Mobile Magazines, Part IV — Periodicals on E-Readers
April 11, 2013 | 3:30 pm

* Note: Click here to read Mobile Magazines, Part I — Google Play Magazines, here for Mobile Magazines, Part II — iOS Newsstand and here for Mobile Magazines, Part III — Next Issue So far this series has exclusively covered periodicals on tablets. But what if you have an e-reader? Yes, magazines and other periodicals are available for your devices as well. Of course, if you have a tablet-style device (Kindle Fire, Nook tablet line, etc.), you have access to a wide selection of magazines, similar to what you can access in the apps I've discussed earlier. However, there are even magazines and newspapers...

Why I Finally Broke Down and Ordered a Kindle Paperwhite
February 25, 2013 | 2:59 pm

Amazon Kindle PaperwhiteBy Nico Vreeland Ever since we first started ChamberFour.com, I’ve been staunchly anti-Kindle. I’ve disliked like Amazon’s DRM scheme, its reluctance to adopt library e-books, its inhuman use of “Locations” instead of page numbers, its attempt to hardball Macmillan by refusing to sell Macmillan books—the list goes on. When a Sony Reader was the only decent non-Kindle choice, I bought a Sony Reader. When the Nook Color came out, I got one of those. I’ve given my sister another Sony, and my mother a Kobo, and I’ve stayed firmly Kindle-less for more than four years now. But that changed last week, when I broke down and ordered the Kindle...

Sony launches web-based Reader Store and Android app
June 7, 2012 | 9:24 am

RS screen grab1 403x370 From the Sony Blog: Hey book lovers! In our mission to continue to offer the best reading experience, the Reader™ Store is happy to announce a new web-based Reader Store and Android™ Reader App, giving you more freedom to read the content you love, anytime and anywhere. Our new web-based Reader Store now allows you to access your Reader Store account from any web browser, and sign in and purchase content without having to install any software to your computer.¹  The web store officially supports the latest browsers on Windows® and Mac®, including Internet Explorer®, Safari®, Chrome™ and Firefox®.   Now you can discover your next story...

Sony PRS-T1 will no longer download from Google Books
May 11, 2012 | 9:18 am

Images That's what Good E-Reader is reporting today.  According to the article one of the selling points of the reader was its ability to connect directly to Google Books.  Now this has been disabled.  They say that this is because Google Books ahs now been integrated into the Google Play platform and so the Sony Reader Store points to invalid links.  Evidently this also affects the iRiver Story HD. So who is to blame for the inability to download free books from Google Books on the Sony PRS-T1? Basically this is all on Sony to incorporate the changing landscape of technology on...

The Sony Reader Store in Europe
April 18, 2012 | 9:04 am

Tadamasa Kitsukawa 1 198x300 Sony is still in the game.  From an article about the London Book Fair in Publishing Perspectives: [talking about the Kindle] the overriding message from the presentation by Tadamasa Kitsukawa, MD of the Sony Digital Reading Platform, was that the Sony Reader Store is different. He’s right, too. “We don’t believe in walled gardens. We believe in an open format, the EPUB format, so that all our content can be read on future devices. It’s very important for our customers. We believe in giving people open access to our Reader store with different hardware from different manufacturers.” The Sony Reader store has now gone...

Quick Note: Sony Reader WiFi price drop
December 2, 2011 | 8:37 am

Got a not from Sony PR sayingthat the price of the Sony Reader Wi-Fi has permanently dropped to $129 today. You can also get an additional $50 off  by trading in any brand eReader for a new Sony Reader WiFi through Dec. 31, bringing the price down to $79. More info here....

New Sony Reader video review by MobileTechReview
October 4, 2011 | 11:10 am

The best technology review site on the web, MobileTechReview, takes a look at the $149 touch-enabled Sony ereader:   ...