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E-Book Readers Move Into Next Generation

October 07, 2008 12:23 PM
by Emily Coakley

Sony is planning to release the next version of its PRS-505, while PC World reports on what it calls leaked pictures of the next generation Amazon Kindle.

PRS-700 to Go on Sale Next Month; No Word Yet on Kindle 2


The New York Times reported that Sony’s PRS-700 is scheduled to go on sale in November, and cost approximately $100 more than the current PRS-505. The PRS-700 has new features, including a reading light and touch panel, the Times reports.

PC World, picking up a report from The Boy Genius Report, published pictures of what it described as Amazon’s Kindle 2. The magazine said the second generation book reader has features that remind them of the early iPods.

“The new Kindle's corners are now rounded and the white case with the metallic backplate reminds us of the first iPod models launched a few years back,” wrote Daniel Ionescu.

Amazon’s reading device, Kindle, has been selling faster than the company can produce it, though competition in the market is getting stiffer.

Plastic Logic recently demonstrated a digital reading device intended to compete with the Kindle at the DEMO technology convention. At present, the device has neither an official name nor a release date.

Longer, wider, thinner and more durable than the Kindle, the Plastic Logic reader weighs less than one pound

The larger size is meant to appeal to businesspeople who read newspapers and financial publications, according to the company.

In addition to newspapers and magazines, the reader will also display e-books. It offers Bluetooth connectivity and a USB port, but unlike Kindle, Plastic Logic is not Wi-Fi enabled. The company intends to add wireless capabilities to its reader soon.

Related Topic: Amazon Kindle vs. Sony Reader


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