Big News on The Reader Front

by Team Sony 10/03/2008

I have two items to share with you related to the Sony Reader this week.

First, we just announced the next generation of the device model PRS-700, which offers some exciting new features.  Among them:  word search, electronic highlighting, annotation, greater text size flexibility, lighting ability for reading in darker places.  Still no wireless, which is not the most pressing issue at the moment.  I expect this will come in future models when the main application goes beyond book reading to other forms such as newspapers.

Second, a month long promotion tied to National Book Month where speed reader and world record-holder for memory, Dave Farrow, will be in the storefront window of DataVision on 5th Avenue in New York City — right near the renown New York Public Library — reading electronic books from the Sony Reader for 30 straight days (which will be a record in its own right).  As part of the celebration, Sony Electronics will be providing eBook libraries of 100 classic titles to schools for every page he reads.  By the way, there will be some famous and not-so-famous “guest readers” (including yours truly) filling in for Dave when he needs a bio-break from time to time.

Check out the and videos from the event that we’ll be linking to on the blog.

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  1. guest_user wrote: October 4, 2008 11:54am

    Thanks for joining the cause Sony and Mr. Clancy!!! I think it is great that this is
    an unconventional way to support National Reading Month but it can also be
    very beneficial! I send my Best Wishes and Congratulations in advance to Mr.
    Farrow and his guests including Mr. Clancy!! It sounds like fun and It’s great
    that schools will get their Sony Readers!!!

    For my idea for this blog, I think that Sony should plan in the near future for the
    Sony Readers to have Wi-Fi capability because someone on the go or living an
    e-Life (they mainly get their work, leisure and other items daily in electronic
    form) would benefit and invest in get that model of the Sony Reader. They may
    even not use the version which is a major competitor to get a
    Sony one. I know the economy is bleak and some uncertainty may come as a
    new President takes office but I think it’ll fly in today’s market! Thanks again

  2. guest_user wrote: October 7, 2008 7:16pm

    I think this is an excellent design for people still on the fence about buying an eBook. The
    “Cover” feature gives a much more tangible form the these eBooks. It will allow people who aren’t
    too comfortable with the technology yet to feel like they still have something to open up before bed
    and close on the final page. Not only that, but it will reduce scuffs and other damage from wear
    and tear on the screen itself. Good job on this!

  3. guest_user wrote: December 30, 2008 10:18am

    I purchased the new Sony Reader PRS-700 for my husband for Christmas,
    ordering early to ensure that it would be under the tree. We are huge Sony
    customers (2 VAIO’s, a Bravia, BluRay player, DVD Recorder, etc, etc) and
    were very disappointed to find the new reader to be, well, unreadable and the
    glare was terrible. I have been on hold with Sony Style for 5 days trying to get
    an RA. I can’t even rate the customer service because after spending over 70
    minutes a day onhold with lousy music I hang up. Is there anything I can do to
    return this product???
    Thanks for any help you can provide.

  4. guest_user wrote: January 2, 2009 12:38am


    Thank you for your comment. I understand our customer service team has
    already helped you resolve this issue.


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