Sony has revealed a 6-inch eReader, which the company boasts to be the lightest digital reader yet, weighing 5.9 ounces.
The Sony Reader sports a 6-inch eInk Pearl V220 touchscreen and features a stylus to write on pages, highlight text or underline sentences. Users can tap the screen to select a book, swipe through pages, zoom with pinching, find dictionary definitions by tapping and holding words and translations of words into one of the five supported languages.
With a battery life that Sony claims will last for over a month or 3 weeks with wireless on, the Sony Reader comes equipped with 2GB of storage, for a total of 1,200 eBooks that can be read in EPUB, PDF or TXT format. Users can also view photos and listen to stored music on the device via the headphone jack.
As for books, the eReader will be the first to provide wireless connectivity to the public library system in Canada and the USA, though users will need a valid library card to do so. Consumers can also access eBooks via Sony’s Reader Store, which has a library of about 2.5 million titles.
Sony will also offer a voucher that allows users to download the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, straight from Pottermore, the exclusive retailer of Harry Potter digital eBooks, when the website first becomes available.
The Sony Reader Wi-Fi is expected to be available October 2011 and will retail for $149.