Sony to Offer Wireless E-Reader
Sony Corp. announced that it will offer an e-book reader with the capability to wirelessly download e-books, the Associated Press reported. The lack of a wireless feature in previous Sony e-readers often distinguished them from Amazon's Kindle, which always has offered wireless capability. The new Sony e-reader, the Reader Daily Edition, will go on sale by December and retail for $399. The latest version of the Kindle retails for $299.
Sony's new device also will feature a 7-inch touch screen, which currently is not offered on the Kindle.
This week, Sony began selling two models of a Pocket Edition e-book reader: a 5-inch screen for $199, and a larger touch-screen for $299. Neither of these models have wireless capabilities.
Both Sony's and Amazon's e-book readers, as well as other e-readers, utilize e-paper displays. Market research DisplaySearch announced this week that sales of e-paper displays are projected to nearly quadruple to $431 million this year.