Because Sony is really serious in their commitment to providing consumers with the largest, most comprehensive selection of eBooks available, they’ve just released a very awesome news, or at least for those with Sony eBook readers.
In partnership with Google, the company announced today that it is providing access to more than 1 million free public domain eBooks. The titles range from classics like Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island to other generes like biographies, historical texts, romance novels, and much much more.
These titles, which Google has digitalized as part of its Google Books project, are available in EPUB format which are optimized to work for the Sony PRS-505 ($280) or the PRS-700 Reader ($350).
“We are committed to ensuring our customers have the freedom to discover and read content from the widest possible range of sources,” Chris Smythe, director of the eBook Store from Sony said. “We’re proud to offer access to the broadest range of eBooks today – from hot new releases, to New York Times Best Sellers, to classics and hard to find manuscripts such as those available for free from Google.”
To access these humongous database of titles, you must download a software, sign up for an account and then load the eBooks to your Sony device.
One bad news though. As of the moment, it is only available to U.S.-based readers perhaps due to licensing and copyright issues across borders. Awwwww. 🙁