Due out next month, the Sony Reader app will first be available for your iPhone, Android devices, and PC, which means you can access the books you've purchased in the Reader Store from more places. You can even make bookmarks and highlights, and adjust the font so you don't have to squint to read tiny text on your smartphone screen. No official word on if your ebooks will sync up with your mobile (starting you off at the last page you've read on your ereader), but if that's the case it will be a great little app to have on hand.
There was a lot of buzz surrounding Apple yesterday, but it wasn't the only company making some big announcements — Sony updated its line of Reader and Bloggie camcorders and introduced its new streaming service to the world. If you missed Sony's new offerings previously, you can check out all the details right here.
Additionally, the devices — the PRS-650 with a six-inch screen and the PRS-350 with a five-inch screen — will have improved page contrast and faster page turns, and both may feature 2GB of storage space (which, worth noting, is only half what the newest Kindle offers). Additionally, the PRS-650 will have WiFi and possible free 3G connectivity, while the PRS-350 will have none.
Of course, no official word on when to expect the new devices or how much they'll cost, though the source claims they will be "attractively priced."
I already showed you a few of my favorite Nook cases from B&N, as well as a few Kindle cases from Etsy, but there's an abundance of great-looking and stylish handmade cases for your Kindle, Nook, and Sony Readers on Etsy as well. I couldn't let another day pass without showing you a few of my faves and giving some love to my favorite handmade website. Check them out now!
Maybe its next latest and greatest eBook reader, which is a step up from the PRS-505 Digital Book? Any guesses as to what the company may be announcing? Or anything you hope it'll be adding to its product list?
Who's not a fan of the geeked-out hotel?
Of course, there are still a handful of tech-unfriendly hotels, but these hotels are not anywhere near that list: the Epic Hotel in Miami and the Gansevoort Hotels in New York City, Miami, and Turks & Caicos are offering their guests free use of Sony Readers and eBooks.
NYC's Algonquin Hotel has already been giving its hotel guests access to Kindles — and did I mention that at the Epic Hotel, you get poolside Sony Reader access? Yowza.
This would be great if you forgot your travel reading, or even if you just wanted to give an eBook reader a shot while you're on vacay. Do you think this is something you would end up taking advantage of during your hotel stay?
Image Courtesy of Epic Hotel
- The Sony Reader will be getting an update that allows users to purchase content from third-party eBook stores, something the Kindle doesn't even have yet. — Engadget
- Apple is supposedly coming out with a red iPhone 3G for the holiday season, and it will be sold as part of the (PRODUCT) RED campaign. — TechCrunch
- Creative has spruced up their Zen players by offering a new design called the Mozaic. The Mozaic is available in black, silver, and pink and in 2, 4, or 8GB sizes. — Gizmodo
- Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, and film director Neil Young doesn't seem to have very many nice things to say about the iPod. — CrunchGear
- Worried about losing your cell phone and all the data in it? There's now some software called Cellphone Hero that will protect, recover, and replace your phone from theft or loss, for $20 a year. — Yahoo! Tech
- It's giveaway time! Be sure to log in for your chance to win a new iPhone 3G by Apple! — geeksugar
The closer we get to Feb. 14, more and more pink and red electronics are coming out of the woodwork! From cell phones and PDAs to mp3 players, gadgets have definitely been getting into the V-Day spirit. Adding to its arsenal of themed products, Sony unveiled a limited-edition Reader bundle just in time for the day devoted to all things love and romance. Coming fully stocked with 14 Harlequin novels and an ultraglam "Cross your Heart" pink protective skin, you can read through the pains and pleasure of romance all from a slim and portable 6" screen. And if you don't want to be reminded of the holiday of love all year round (or if pink just doesn't go with your bag), you can remove the skin to reveal the chic dark blue reader in its natural state.
At $300, I think it's a pretty sweet deal, considering you can store up to 160 average sized e-books on its memory board. I'll start dropping my hints now!
I was pleased to learn the Sony Reader is just as big, if not bigger than your average paperback, which means your eyes won't have to strain to look at the screen. I was also pleased to see how thin the reader is, and while I love the feeling of a nice paperback by the pool, I think I'd invest in a Reader to use when I am traveling.
The device uses a rechargeable lithium-ion battery (it apparently lasts for up to 7,500 "page turns"), and it recharges in about 4 hours when using AC wall charger or 6 hours with USB charging from powered computer. (Anyone besides me think that is a long charge time?) It costs $350.
That's right folks, before there were electronic calculators, typewriters, computers, or even the Sony Reader PRS-500, people read from actual books. I know there are a handful of us out there that help keep the mom and pop bookstores and local libraries busy, but it is important to remember what your life might be like without technology. This video makes fun of modern newbie computer users by illustrating how silly some of our questions are by creating a similar problem 500 years ago.
It's from a show called "Øystein & Meg," produced by the Norwegian Broadcasting television channel in 2001. The spoken language is Norwegian, the subs in Danish. It's written by Knut Nærum and performed by Øystein Bache and Rune Gokstad. Genius I tell you, genius.