The website isn’t updated at Sony and I’d give anything for a detailed press release, but here’s the data on Sony’s new Daily Edition wireless reader, from the ZDNet live blog:
- $399, and on sale in December
- Wireless connectivity via 3G network (Oh no, I hope it’s not the Absolutely Terrible & Tawdry network I’m already familiar with)
- 7” Touchscreen
- Mac and PC compatibility
- Horizontal and vertical orientation for reading
- Online bookclub at Words Move Me.com
Here’s a picture of the three new Sonys side by side, from Slashgear:
Oh noes! Even as I write this, I am bummed. From the Slashgear article:
It will be available in December and use AT&T 3G, though there will be no monthly charges for the data connectivity.
My hopes dropped like the calls I try to place on the AT&T 3G network in the NY Metro area, illusory like the five bars of signal strength that taunt me when I have no connectivity.
I love the idea of bargain shopping at different bookstores from the Sony unit wherever I am, and I hope the shopping and downloading process is as easy as it is on the Kindle. I know some folks bemoaning on Twitter today the lack of a “new releases” page at BooksonBoard and Fictionwise accessible through the Stanza app, which made it hard for them to find the books that were released today. I wonder if a site for the wireless Sony like that pulls the prices for ebooks from several vendors would be a good option for users.
So what’s your reaction? Interested? Going to wait to see all three before you make your choice? And do you think it levels the playing field at all against the Kindle?
Thanks to Liz, a Smart Bitch Test Driver, for the links!
ETA: Sony has the mother of all press releases available now. Details and more, emphasis on “more.”