Manga and other books may be coming to the iPhone via downloadable services from network providers, but for those who don’t plan on forking out over £1,000 for one of Jobs’s little gizmos, Sony may just have the answer you’re looking for.
Sony first launched their Reader Digital Book a year ago this month, and are following it up with a second-gen version, the PRS-505, which will be on sale later this month. Costing $300 from Borders stores and Sony’s website, it will be available in silver and dark blue, able to store up to 160 average-sized e-books on its internal memory, otherwise the Memory Stick Duo or SD-able memory card slots will give you even more literary fodder for commuting. The major advantage to the PRS-505 over the predecessor is the USB connector, which will allow for direct transfer of documents, images and music files.
If you’re snappy and purchase a Reader shortly, you’ll get credit for 100 Connect Classics titles, which include tomes from Shakespeare, Austen and H.G. Wells. I’m holding out for the Babysitters’ Club, natch.
Sony Reader (via DMW Media)