Sony is preparing to launch a new eBook reader with an E Ink display and touchscreen navigation. It looks like a minor update to last year’s PRS-T1, and last week a leaked product page suggested the new Sony Reader PRS-T2 could sell for $130.
Now it looks like some retailers could sell the new Sony Reader for $100 — or about the same price as the latest touchscreen Kindle or NOOK.
Update: Sony is now offering the PRS-T2 for $130, but some retailers may still offer better prices… even if only for limited-time promotions.
That price includes a free Harry Potter book, which might sweeten the deal if you haven’t read it yet — or if you only own a paper copy.
The Sony Reader line of eReaders offer support for PDF, TXT, and EPUB files and work with Adobe DRM. That means you can read eBooks purchased from the Sony Reader store as well as the B&N NOOK Shop or a number of other sites. You can also read public library books checked out using the Overdrive system.
But Amazon and B&N are clearly the bigger names in the eBook space — at least in the US. While you can do some pretty nifty things with a Sony Reader (like turning it into an E Ink Android tablet), I suspect a lot more people buy an eReader linked to one of the largest digital book stores.
Maybe I’m wrong. Do you read eBooks? If so, what do you read them on?