Sony adds over half a million books to Reader devices through Google

Summary:While I have the new Amazon Kindle 2, see my review, I also still own the Sony Reader PRS-505. I just received an email from the Sony eBook Store that informs me that over half a million free public domain books from Google will be supported by the Sony Reader PRS-505 and PRS-700 for free. I personally do enjoy reading the classics and many of these public domain books, but with my limited time to read I prefer newer books that I can get for a lower price on the Amazon ebook store.

While I have the new Amazon Kindle 2, see my review, I also still own the Sony Reader PRS-505. I just received an email from the Sony eBook Store that informs me that over half a million free public domain books from Google will be supported by the Sony Reader PRS-505 and PRS-700 for free. I personally do enjoy reading the classics and many of these public domain books, but with my limited time to read I prefer newer books that I can get for a lower price on the Amazon ebook store.

Here is the text of the email I received concerning the Google books optimized for the Sony Reader platform:

Dear Fellow Reader,

We are happy to announce a new addition to The eBook Store from Sony. Starting this week you can access more than half a million free public domain books from Google optimized for current models of the Reader*. Click on the Google banner on the home page to search for books that you can preview and transfer to your PRS-505 or PRS-700 at no cost.

The current Reader Digital Book by Sony presents an open platform which makes it easy to access a wide variety of content — whether that content is purchased, borrowed from a library, or free. We will continue to provide premium content through our eBook Store and we hope you will enjoy this added benefit from Google.

Thank you,

The eBook Store Team

Does this availability change anyone's opinion about whether or not they are going to buy a Kindle 2?

Topics: Hardware, Google, Mobility

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Matthew Miller started using a mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host with GigaOM's Kevin Tofel on the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned over 200 d... Full Bio

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