"The new Reader (model PRS-505) features a svelte body design and is available in two colors - silver and dark blue. Re-styled controls more closely mimic paper page turns and allow for quick, intuitive navigation.
A next-generation electronic paper display delivers faster response and a higher contrast ratio for easy reading even in bright sunshine. Eight levels of gray scale provide for crisp and clear text, images, and graphics.
With the capacity to store up to 160 typical eBooks, the Reader can act as a mobile library. Expansion slots for Memory Stick Duo media or SD memory cards make the device?s library potential practically limitless.
More advanced users will appreciate the new USB-based mass storage capability that allows them to use the device as a portable drive for the direct transfer of documents, images and other files to the Reader. A new auto sync feature also lets users set up folders with books and documents that can be automatically synchronized when the device is connected to a PC.
Specs of the Reader:
Display Technology: E Ink "Electronic Paper" Screen Size: Approx. 6" Measured Diagonally Resolution: Approx. 170 Pixels Per Inch Gray Scale: 8-Level Grey Scale Media Formats Supported: Unsecured Text: BBeB Book, TXT, RTF, Adobe PDF , Microsoft Word (Conversion to the Reader-requires Word installed on your PC) DRM Text: BBeB Book (Marlin) Unsecured Audio: MP3 and AAC Image: JPEG, GIF, PNG, and BMP Power: Battery Type: Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Life (Approx.): Up to 7,500 page turns Recharging Time: Approx. 4 Hours with USB charging from powered Computer or Approx. 2 Hours when using optional AC wall charger AC Power: Optional AC Charger requires 120 Volts 60Hz System Requirements" Operating System: Operating System --- Windows XP (Home Edition/Professional, Media Center Edition, Media Center Edition 2004, Media Center Edition 2005) & Windows Vista (Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Ultimate). Processor: 800MHz Intel Celeron class processor or better RAM: 128 MB Minimum Hard Drive: 20MB Minimum available Hard Drive space Optical Drive: Optical Drive capable of reading CD-ROM USB Port: USB 1.1 or faster USB Port (Optimal with USB 2.0) Internet Connection: Broadband suggested Service and Warranty Information: Limited Warranty: Labor- 90 days from the date of purchase Parts- 1 Year from the date of purchase. See actual warranty for details.
Dimensions: 6.9" x 4.8" x 0.3". (175 x 122 x 8mm) Weight: 9oz. without soft cover
Supplied Accessories: Tan Soft Case USB Cable Quick Start Guide CD-ROM Optional Book Covers- PRS-PLC00/B, PRSPLC02/P
A Growing Online Store
Since Sony?s launch of the CONNECT eBooks Store last year, the number of downloadable eBooks offered has expanded to more than 20,000 titles with new ones added weekly.
Grove/Atlantic, Harcourt Trade, Kensington, Pearson Education, The Perseus Books Group, Regnery Publishing, Taylor & Francis and W.W. Norton have joined the ranks of publishers such as Hachette Book Group USA, Harlequin, HarperCollins Publishers, Holtzbrinck Publishers, Hyperion, McGraw Hill, Penguin Group, Random House and Simon & Schuster in their commitment to electronic publishing.
Recent newcomers to the store include Reader?s Digest, the first magazine to produce content for the Reader and Dorling Kindersley with titles coming soon. The site also boasts a number of Rough Guide travel titles.
The New International Version Bible by Zondervan (a unit of HarperCollins Publishers) quickly rose to the top of the eBook store?s bestseller list after it was added to the collection last month. And blockbuster authors such as Dean Koontz and Mitch Albom recently debuted electronic versions of their work to an enthusiastic response.
For a limited time, when a Reader is registered on Sony?s CONNECT eBooks Store, customers will receive a credit good for the purchase of 100 available CONNECT Classics titles, including the works of William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, H.G. Wells and more.
The CONNECT store offers a broad selection of fiction and non-fiction, bestsellers, well-known authors, classics and more, with rich descriptive content in the form of author biographies, expert book reviews and reader commentary.
Benefits Remain the Same
The Reader?s high-resolution electronic paper display delivers a realistic print look that rivals traditional paper and uses minimal power. A single battery charge provides up to 7,500 pages of continuous reading. The option to magnify the text in three sizes offers a distinct advantage for sight-impaired readers. Switching the Reader to landscape mode offers yet another level of magnification as well as a wider page view.
In addition to electronic books, the Reader can also store and display personal and business documents in Adobe PDF format (best when formatted for the Reader?s display), RTF, text and JPEG images.
Pricing and Availability
The new Reader will retail for about $300 and come complete with a USB cable; eBook Library PC companion software; and a color-coordinated, protective soft cover. The Reader and optional accessories such as pink or black leather covers and an AC wall charger will be available this month direct through www.sonystyle.com, at SonyStyle stores nationwide, Borders stores and at authorized retailers across the country. More information about Sony Reader is available online at www.sony.com/reader ."