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Sony puts Reader app for Android, iPhone in December

updated 07:25 am EST, Tue November 23, 2010

Sony Reader app due for Android and iOS next month

Sony in a teaser has provided some of the first details of its promised Android and iPhone apps. The mobile Reader app will give users a way to shop from Sony's e-book store, with featured titles getting book covers, and the book browser itself will initially be visual. Reading itself should be as full-featured as on current Reader hardware with bookmarks, highlights and notes.

Both mobile apps should be available sometime in December. The company hasn't set out requirements or explained whether or not the iOS version will have native iPad support. Syncing should be common across all platforms.





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  1. cmoney

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Sep 2000

    0

    'Bout time

    Maybe I'll start using my Sony Reader again. I'm finding reading on the iPad is great as far as the screen goes but size and weight-wise, it's a bit much. (Aside: is eInk really much of an advantage? Honestly I originally thought it was, but now I'm thinking, maybe not?) My Sony Reader is much more convenient but useless without the ability to read on both devices.

    I also hate the weird glow the iPad casts on your face when you're reading in a dark plane or bus. It's akin to telling a horror story with a flashlight under your chin.

  1. Andrew Wray

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Nov 2010

    +2

    Good move

    Good move on Sony's part. Looks like they're taking cues from Kindle.

  1. JeffHarris

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    Joined: Oct 1999

    +1

    Smart

    I have no idea how well the Sony Reader sells, but it makes good sense for them to release an iOS reader app.

    I must say that it's irritatingly confusing juggling a half-dozen reader apps, depending on which book I want to read. I wish there were one standard eBook format that would work on all devices. No, not the plain vanilla ePub or PDF, but a format with rich content, etc..

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