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

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.

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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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  • Overall...not relevant

    I have a Kindle 2 and already have the ability to download huge numbers of public domain books. That's nice to have. What makes Kindle far superior is the ease with which I can purchase new/current books, plus other periodicals. Just 20 minutes ago someone referred to The Long Tail, a fairly recent book by Chris Anderson. I opened up my Kindle, clicked twice and had the book on my Kindle ready to use about 25 seconds later. Sony/Google can't offer that. The Kindle hardware/software is simple to use. I haven't used the Sony device so I can't compare but I find it hard to believe that it is as usable as Kindle.
    marksashton
  • RE: Sony adds over half a million books to Reader devices through Google

    I found a Sony eBook reader for $83 (unsold demo at a big box store!)

    I've read a lot of books, a few purchased, but most free and many in the public domain. So I will head over and check it out.
    psion@...
  • how does this differ from Gutenburg.org?

    Will these books be different from Gutenburg.org or archive.org? thousand of out of copyright books there. And the Internet Archive has their offerings in different format. Also more than books.Ease of use? Don't know about that, but I can use my Palm z31 with Documents to Go to read most of them. or Adobe for Palm for the items in .pdf. All without spending the $300 for the eReaders. I might if I didn't have my Palm. Just check www.archive.org and it states they have over 1,200,000 listings.

    Paul
    pfyearwood
  • RE: Sony adds over half a million books to Reader devices through Google

    For me readers are still too expensive.
    Books from library are still free so why would I want to pay hundreds of dollars for a reader?
    verkade@...
  • eBooks about photoshop?

    When you need Color ILLUSTRATIONS, Kindle and Sony fail. For books about photography, or guides for graphics programs, you STILL need either a book, or a .PDF file.
    alan_r_cam
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