Prior to the Barnes & Noble and Amazon Kindle price drops, Sony had actually been testing lower Reader “sale” price points at both their physical and online outposts. And it now looks as if those numbers have been made permanent… perhaps in light of their competitors.
The Sony Reader Pocket Edition (5″) clocks in at $150, the Touch Edition (6″) runs $170, and the Daily Edition (7″) has dropped to $300. Unfortunately, the only model Sony has imbued with wireless capabilities is the Daily Edition – which is over $100 more than the competition. Speaking of that competition, Sony’s own Kindle comparison guide presents the Reader in an unfavorable light. However, Sony Reader hardware does feature tight metallic enclosures and two of the three current models offer a touch interface – the probable natural evolution of a digital book platform.
As for me, I’ve been enjoying my new, refurb Kindle 2 ($140) while on vacation this weekend — catching up on PC Mag’s July edition (delivered wirelessly) and making progress on a novel I started reading on the iPhone weeks ago.
(Thanks for the tip, John!)