Rumour: Sony preparing to launch revamped PRS-505 Reader devices

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E-Books. Still not big. But give it time: the publishing industry and technology firms are gradually getting themselves into alignment to give e-books a proper marketing push.

Sony’s Reader device could be at the forefront of that, particularly now it’s getting two new models with more internal storage and tweaked controls. The new models are both called the PRS-505, with one being silver and the other being blue.

They can hold up to 160 books compared with the previous PRS-500’s total of 80, while the buttons have been moved around, and the cursor joystick replaced by a rocker switch.

News of the new devices leaked on a retail website, which suggested their price would remain the same – $299 – and that they’ll be going on sale in October. This means they could go head-to-head with Amazon’s rumoured Kindle e-book device.

(via The Reader)

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