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Sony releases new e-book reader

Crave has the scoop on the second edition of Sony's electronic book reader, the PRS-505, which will be hitting stores shortly.

Crave has the scoop on the second edition of Sony's electronic book reader, the PRS-505, which will be hitting stores shortly.

Notable features, according to Crave:

  • Next-generation electronic paper display delivers faster response and a higher contrast ratio, with 8 levels of gray scale instead of 4
  • Slightly thinner profile
  • 64 MB RAM
  • More intuitive button layout allows for easier navigation
  • Available in silver and dark blue

The new Reader will cost $300 and feature 64 MB RAM (room for about 160 "typical" eBooks). Battery life is rated by Sony as "up to 7,500 page turns."

Though it isn't stated in the article, it's probably fair to assume that the PRS-505 has a screen with a resolution of the 600x800-pixel display that's in the first edition of the gadget.

Sony apparently wants the Reader to be an open platform, and as such, it can view Word and PDF files on the device, as well as copy-protected books from Sony's online Connect eBooks Store.

You can read a review by CNET Reviews on the the first edition of the book reader here.

Why would an IT professional be interested in a book reader? Well, aside from the occasional e-book over a cup of coffee aside, it's certainly useful as a portable technical reference or to store your department's documentation.

About Paul Mah

Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

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