Sony’s ebook readers haven’t made much of a dent and as the Reader has been overshadowed by the Kindles and Nooks of the world — though reps said the devices have been far more successful elsewhere.
Sony has made little tweaks here and there that should make your reading experience somewhat more pleasant. You’re still looking at the same 6-inch screen, with the E-Ink Pearl display refining touch support and adding more graceful paper-esque page turns and zooms along with improved continuous page turns.
Sony’s PRS-T2 eRader is now officially launched. Priced at $129, this is an eReader that aims at a crowd who want a no-nonsense device and prefer e-Paper to LCD displays.
The extremely long battery life and the overall compactness and light weight are also part of the “must-have” features for those users.
Sony has updated the user interface, but overall, it remains similar to many such “high-end” eReaders, so it’s simple and straightforward. Surprisingly, it comes with Evernote (a web information storage service) support in case you want to select (with finger gestures or stylus) and preserve clips for later use. The PRS-T2 uses WIFI for all internet communications and there is no cellular functionality.
Sony is still offering access to its online services too, and a nice little bonus is the ability to borrow around 15,000 ebooks from its public library system if you have a valid library card. Sony’s Reader store is still on tap as well, offering magazines and newspapers via a web-based store. Anyone choosing to read a novel via web browser can do so via Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer and Firefox.
Finally, Sony is throwing in a free copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone from the Pottermore store. The company will bundle a download code that will grant you access to the ebook once you’ve purchased the ereader. The device itself will set you back $129.99, and Sony says it’s shipping right now via its online store.