Sony is now the proud maker of the world’s lightest 6" touchscreen e-reader, the Reader Wi-Fi. The device was announced during Sony’s IFA press conference and is the first e-reader to offer wireless public library access for users that want to borrow e-books from their public library.
The device is based on Sony’s previous 6" e-reader but is smaller (measuring 8.9mm thin) and lighter (at 168 grams) than its predecessor.
"At under 6 ounces and with a 6" E-Ink Pearl V220 touch screen, Reader Wi-Fi is smaller than an average paperback book," said Sony.
"As part of Sony's continued effort to support the Public Library System, Reader Wi-Fi will also be the first eReader to offer wireless connectivity to the public library system in the US and Canada via a dedicated icon on the device to allow easy and convenient borrowing of free e-books with a valid library card," explained Sony. "Readers can access and download over 2.5 million titles via a Wi-Fi connection from Reader Store or shop from a wide range of bookstores and other websites that provide books in digital formats compatible with Reader Wi-Fi, such as EPUB, PDF and TXT."
A special version of the e-reader has been created for Harry Potter fans in conjunction with the Pottermore website. Fans who purchase the Sony Reader Wi-Fi with Pottermore promotion (PRS-T1HBC) will be able to download the first Harry Potter e-book for free from Pottermore when it first becomes available.
E-reader maker Kobo was also at IFA to launch an e-reader for the German market. The localized German Touch eReader comes with all-German menus and settings and will be available for €149 starting October 1, 2011.
The Sony Reader Wi-Fi (PRS-T1) and Reader Wi-Fi with Pottermore promotion (PRS-T1HBC) will be released in October 2011 for $149.