Written by:2009/08/27 10:46 AM
On 25 August, Sony announced the third member of its new Reader family – the Reader Daily Edition™ and a new library content service. The Reader Daily Edition has a seven-inch touch screen with 16 levels of gray as well as a AT&T 3G modem, enabling it to pull content wirelessly. It'll launch in December for $400. Along side that Google as made available more than a million eBooks for the Sony eBook reader.
I suppose this could be in direct competition to the Kindle. While the Kindle still uses proprietary format. Sony’s open file formats are more preferable in the market than Amazon's proprietary ones. By supporting the ePub format, Sony's essentially guaranteeing that your digital library will always have a home.
Along side that, Google have announced they’re offering over a million public domain books in EPUB format – the exact format that Sony’s Daily Edition reader likes.
To download a book, search for a title over at Google Books. Public domain titles will have a download link in the upper right corner.
The major difference between the Kindle and the new Sony eBook reader is the Google-Sony open book strategy and over a million available titles, while Amazon only offers 300,000 titles in a propriety format.
Granted, the Google free eBooks will probably not be your latest greatest titles, and they aren’t, for the most part, the most attractive ones. But there are certainly a great bunch of titles that are now available in the public domain.
I suppose this could be akin to the Windows – Linux debate, commercial or open source. Which one will win remains to be seen.
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