iRex announced new ebooks with touch screen functionality last week and now Sony just announced the Sony Reader PRS-700 with touch screen functionality. I still have and enjoy using my PRS-505 and this newest model looks to have about the same form factor. Even more impressive to me than the touch screen functionality is the integrated LED reading light.
I am not quite sure what the touch screen will be good for other than flipping pages. One image shows a stylus in the hand of the person reading, but I am not sure if there is any kind of handwriting recognition or note-taking capability on the device and I'll be searching for more details.
I often find myself wanting to read in bed at night, but need to turn on a light or use a dedicated book light. I would like to see this LED integrated light even on the PRS-505 non-touch screen device.
Sony will also be updating the Sony eBook store with a better checkout process and updated search functionality. The Sony Reader PRS-700 will be available for about US$400 in November.
Thanks to The Boy Genius Report for the link to the news.