Why, it was just yesterday that Amazon finally acknowledged the existence
of our friendly neighbors to the north, saying "Why not?" before shipping a few Kindles
northward. Now Sony is announcing its Reader is also set to take off, but in a very different way. The Reader has always been available in Canada (no pesky wireless contracts to negotiate), but ownership will now be compulsory for students at Toronto's Blyth Academy, who will each be provided with a Touch Edition
and who must surely be a little nervous after what happened at Princeton
. All textbooks will be replaced by digital equivalents, meaning smaller book bags, fewer strained backs, and no more quality time with parents making covers out of brown paper bags. Slightly uncomfortable promotional video is included below.