The Sony Playstation Portable is reportedly selling for a mere $159 if you use the right coupons at Dell. The display is 4.3 inches with 480×272-pixel res. I’m not sure if software exists to change the orientation from portrait to landscape, but those specs are still enticing from afar. Plus, it comes with WiFi and Web browsing software, and a new firmware upgrade will even allow you to hear podcasts.
So when’s Sony going to let the PSP read Mobipocket or another commonly used e-book format beyond HTML? I suppose the usual corpocrats would insist on a Sony format and worry about undercutting the $350 Sony Reader. Still, you can work around Sony’s consumer-hostile approach. And who knows? Maybe the next firmware upgrade will include software to let you read DRMed BBeB books–Sony Reader or not. If Sony really wants to think “iPod of e-books,” perhaps it shouldn’t let the 4.3-inch screen go to waste. Meanwhile I’d welcome reports from any TeleBlog readers who own PSPs.
Caveat: Maybe I’m too optimistic. Bingle, author of some great TeleBlog comments, who just happens to work for Sony, undoubtedly will still think so. He says the battery life isn’t right. But with the Sony marked down to $159, his cost argument won’t hold as much water as before from a consumer perspective. As for battery life, I’ve heard of worse. OK, Bingle, your turn.