The company announced today that the Sony Reader Daily Edition is now available for preorder. However, Sony’s Web site also says the orders will ship December 18 through January 8 – not a good news for those expecting to have their hands on one before the holidays.
According to the website, “actual delivery date cannot be guaranteed”.
A company spokesman said that the number of people who signed up to find out about the device’s availability has exceeded Sony’s expectation. It will try to deliver as much as it can before the holidays but it will have to be on a first-come, first-served basis.
“We’re deeply concerned we won’t have enough to get them under the Christmas tree, so we’re giving a range and telling people upfront that we may not get to everybody over Christmas. We may be able to do it, we just don’t want to over-promise,” Steve Haber, president of its digital reading division, told the FT .
The Sony Reader Daily Edition is being sold for US$399.
Another player in the Ebook market dominated by Amazon’s Kindle and Sony reader will be coming in from Plastic Logic.
Yesterday, the company announced that they are preparing to release an ebook reader that’s aimed at business professionals.
Prototypes of the QUE were demonstrated last month at the DEMOFall 08 conference. The device is set to make another er- public appearance at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on January 7 next year.
So what makes this electronic reader different from its competitors?
The QUE’s 10-inch diagonal screen does not only show black and white electronic display, it also boasts a capability to support PowerPoint and Excel documents, which cannot be found on others.
Like the Kindle DX, the QUE includes connection to a 3G wireless network for downloading books. But unlike its competitor, the QUE also comes in with an integrated Wi-Fi.
Plastic Logic plans to offer content through an online QUE store powered by Barnes & Noble. No word yet as to when the device will be available in the market and how much it will cost.
“More than an eReader, QUE means business,” Richard Archuleta, chief executive of Plastic Logic, said in a statement.
Launched on Tuesday, CellStories.net is a Web site that posts literature everyday for free which can be accessed by any cellphone with an internet connection.
CellStories posts will include short stories, personal essays as well as narrative journalism and creative nonfiction.
Dan Sinker, a teacher of journalism at Columbia College Chicago and creator of CellStories.net made sure that the Web site is accessible and simple enough to be able to work in any handheld mobile device.
“Anyone that thinks something like the Sony Reader or the Kindle is a device that’s going to be around in even three years is delusional,” Sinker told Reuters. “We’re past the point where people say ‘I want one device to do one thing.’”
“CellStories isn’t the thing that replaces (the Kindle) but … the question of how do we read on computing devices was answered when phones like the iPhone came out,” he added.
The website is beneficial to authors as well.
Although contributing authors will not be paid “as the site is not yet designed to make money”, Sinker said readers new readers can view their work and then seek out and buy their published work. He also said that he has agreements with some small independent publishers that are willing to feature the site’s contributing authors.