Posts Tagged ‘e-Reader’

Google Launches eBookstore

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Update:The Android app is for Eclair and above only.

Google announced the opening of the new Google eBookstore this morning citing an interest in providing easier access to the world’s knowledge repositories, known as books. With three million available titles, and hundreds of thousands of those titles for sale, Google is in a prime position to run a bookstore.

Google’s ebooks are already available on a variety of devices, from netbooks, tablets, cell phones, e-readers, and computers. Google is adding a Web Reader and an Android & iPhone Reader app to the mix as well, making this bookstore quite versatile. You’ll get cloud-based access to all your books wherever you are. Google sweetens the deal by offering unlimited book storage as well.

Google’s ebook collection has already been useful to me in my educational persuits, and this new eBookstore looks like it will kick it up a notch or two. You can check out Google’s introductory video below. You can find the Google eBookstore at books.google.com/ebooks.

Sony Reader for iOS and Android Coming in December

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

As the above image suggests, the Sony Reader apps for iOS and Android are coming in December. You will be able to sync with your Sony Reader account, check out books from your library, and all the other things you’d expect from a mobile reader app. Sony is a little behind, considering the Nook and Kindle apps have been around quite a while. It is good to see Sony make an attempt to catch up.

Sony currently offers software for PC and Mac, which you can download here. The mobile apps will offer similar functionality. You can access your books whether you purchased them from the reader, website, software or iPhone or Android app. The apps will also let you bookmark, highlight, take notes, and adjust font sizes. Check out the screenshots below.

It looks like Sony’s Reader apps will be quite useful, but Sony has a long road ahead. It must now convince the Nook and Kindle app customers to make the switch. I think the e-Library lending options help give Sony a fighting chance, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Sony Launches New Reader Line

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Sony has announced the next generation of its Reader line. Each of its Reader devices is getting a makeover, slimming down, trimming weight, and sharing a high-quality touch screen.

While the devices each have their own specialties, there were some across-the-board upgrades as well. These upgrades include intuitive content zoom; adjustable contrast and brightness control; and automatic multiple page creation. Users can now use photos as a screen saver and can sort favorite books into a group.

The new Readers are loaded with dictionaries. Among them are the New Oxford American Dictionary, Second Edition and Oxford Dictionary of English eDictionaries, and 10 translation dictionaries including French, German, Spanish, Italian and Dutch.

Previously only available on the Reader Touch and Reader Daily Editions, there is now a touch screen on the Reader Pocket Edition. All three devices feature an improved optical touch screen specifically designed for screen reading. This is designed to improve clarity and improve the user experience. Using a finger or stylus, pages can easily be turned with a slight touch.

The Reader Pocket Edition features a 5″ screen and 2GB internal memory. It can be purchased for $179. The Reader Touch Edition features a 6″ screen and the same 2GB of internal memory. It is expandable to 32GB and can play mp3 and AAC files. You can purchase the Reader Touch Edition for $229. The Reader Daily Edition features a 7″ screen and a wireless connection to Sony’s Reader Store using 3G from AT&T. New to the Daily Edition are additional Wi-Fi features and basic Web browsing. It features 2GB of internal memory and is also expandable to 32GB. The Reader Daily Edition will be available for around $299. The Reader Pocket Edition and Reader Touch Edition can be pre-ordered now at Sony Style. They ship September 16. The Reader Daily Edition should be out in time for the holidays.

While Amazon beat Sony to the punch on the slimmer Kindle design, Sony packed its Readers with new features that should stand out significantly among the other e-Readers. With a broad range of content and features, the Sony Readers easily rise to the top of the e-Reader genre. They are definitely worth checking out. You can view the full press release