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 Sony.com/Reader and videos from the event that we’ll be linking to on the blog.
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