Hallelujah! Sony has done seen the light! According to BusinessWeek, the consumer electronics giant is set to announce a Librie-like E-ink e-book reader for the US that both--are you ready for this--uses SD cards for data storage and displays native PDF files (along with a proprietary Sony format--baby steps, you know?). It seems that the lackluster success of the Librie overseas, combined with an upcoming wave of e-book readers as competition, convinced Sony that more openness was key to the success of this device. Industry heavyweights Simon & Schuster, Random House, and HarperCollins are already signed up to provide content, with the latter two promising to digitize their entire back catalogs for inclusion on Sony's Connect music-and-now-book service, for a combined total of up to 50,000 titles. Sony certainly has an advantage here by being first out of the gate with a relatively large content offering and purported 15-book battery life, but products from iRex, Jinke, and more flexible devices from other manufacturers may prove more popular if they can provide consumers with similar content but better hardware.
Sony to announce US e-book reader
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