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Sony Readers 2009 lineupSony is offering a trio of new Readers for 2009. In addition to a hands-on look at the Reader Touch Edition and Pocket Edition, we preview the Reader Daily Edition.
[ MUSIC ] ^M00:00:02 >> [John Falcone:] I'm John Falcone from CNET.com. We're here at the New York Public Library where Sony has just launched its three Sony Reader products for the fall of 2009. Here we have the first two. This is the Sony Reader Touch Edition. This is the PRS600 that costs 299. This one's called the Touch Edition because it has a touch screen, allows you to both make text memos and drawings on the screen. Also has an on-screen keyboard that you can use to make notes. All those notes and notations on stuff you're reading can be exported to PCs and Macs. This does not have built-in wireless, but you connect it to a PC or a Mac, transfer the titles via USB to the reader. Over here is the smaller and less expensive Sony Reader Pocket Edition, the PRS 300. The smaller one loses a lot of features of its big brother. It does not have audio support. It doesn't have a touch screen, and it doesn't have support for additional flash memory. But the big story here is it's 199, so it's the most affordable mainstream e-book reader we've seen to date. The big upgrade to both these readers, and a big distinction from the Amazon Kindle, is you can get a lot of free content for these. Both the Sony Readers access up to a million free Google books. These are older, public-domain books. In addition to the Google books support, the big news here is that the Sony Readers support checking out free books from libraries that support the e-pub book format. That means you can check out the book, read it for 21 days, and it doesn't cost you a dime. The other product not shown here is the just announced Sony Reader Daily Edition. That has a 7-inch wide screen, and it also has a built in 3G wireless. They're going to have periodicals, newspapers, haven't announced which one yet but obviously that's Sony's big challenger to the Kindle which also has built-in 3G wireless. I'm John Falcone for CNET, and this is the Sony Reader 2009 line-up. ^M00:02:15 [ MUSIC ]