Sony launches digital book readerSony Reader will be available in September

25 July 2008

The Sony Reader

Sony is the latest company to announce the launch of a digital book reader.

The Japanese electronics company is releasing its device in conjunction with high-street bookstore Waterstone’s.

The Sony Reader – which will be available from September - follows hot on the heels of the iLiad Book Edition from iRex Technologies, which is available through Borders and online. Which? has reviewed the iLiad Book Edition.

However the Sony Reader costs £199, which is £200 less than the iLiad.

Memory stick

The Sony Reader will come with a free CD containing 100 classic 'ebooks' and you'll be able to choose from a further 25,000 books through the Waterstone’s online store.

The Reader weighs 260g (9oz), is 8mm thin and has a 6-inch screen.

It can store around 160 ebooks although this can be increased to several thousand if you use a memory stick or card.

Sony says the battery will last for 6,800 page turns without recharging – or the equivalent of reading War and Peace five times over.

Battery life

Users will also be able to store and view PDF documents, Microsoft Word files and picture files and store MP3 files.

Which? will be taking a look at the Sony Reader when it becomes available in September.