My Sony Reader is an excellent piece of hardware that I thoroughly enjoy using during my daily commute. I skipped the Amazon Kindle and bought the Sony Reader and have not been one bit sorry about this purchase I made last fall. I just saw on my favorite eBook site, MobileRead, that Sony is updating the Sony Reader PRS-505 with a firmware upgrade that adds some great functionality, including secure and non-secure support of EPUB and Adobe eBooks (including the capability for much better support of PDF documents). Check out the Sony press release where you will see the update should be online today, 24 July.
The update only works with the latest PRS-505 model and not the PRS-500 model that many people may still own. Also, the update is a Windows only update through the Sony software. New Sony Reader units will ship with the update pre-installed and there will be an exclusive red model available too.
I understand that the EPUB and Adobe Digital Edition formats are becoming more popular with publishers so it is encouraging to see support for these on the Sony Reader. This upgrade also gives us a bit of comfort that Sony plans to stay in the eBook game and continue to support our devices.