Sony Announces Reader Wi-Fi, Enters E-Reader Arena

Sony recently unveiled it’s first tablets, code-named S1 and S2, which were launched earlier today at IFA. Along with that, they also. to everyone’s surprise, announced a Sony E-book Reader to compete with the likes of Kindle and Nook Color. The Reader Wi-fi from Sony, as it’s known, has been credited as the lightest e-book reader on the planet running on the Android operating system.

That’s not the only thing that would make you buy one, as it also looks magnificently beautiful and has a multi-touch screen. And although, it’s only 6 inches in size with E-Ink Pearl display and not a color one, it’s still quite a gadget. Basically, the function of an e-book reader is to open PDF files and replace your regular fat and allergy causing paper books.

Reader Wi-Fi handles a wide range of digital formats, including the popular EPUB eBook standard plus PDF and TXT documents. View your collection of digital photos on screen, or plug in a pair of headphones and listen to stored music tracks while you’re reading. The front cover image of your current title or a favourite photo can be displayed as a screensaver when Reader is in standby.

Speaking of PDF files, the Reader Wi-Fi can connect to any public library in US, UK or Canada that has an e-book collection and download them for free. There’s inbuilt storage of 1.3GB to store that Harry Potter collection, which can be expanded to 32GB via a microSD card. The battery is just like other e-book readers, 2-3 weeks with Wi-Fi and 3-4 weeks without Wi-Fi depending on how much of an e-book reader you are.

You can expect this, if you’re in the US or Europe, some time in October for a decent price of $149. And yes, it comes in black, white and red, for all those who want to look a little cool while reading an e-book.