The fabled Sony 13.3 inch e-reader, known as the DPT-S1 is now available in Japan. It is only for sale via the business unit of Sony and is seeing limited trials at 3 universities. Currently is available for 98,000 yen, which is fairly expensive. Sony will not divulge how many units were sold, but my sources have saying the sales are extremely limited.
The Sony 13.3 inch e-reader is planned on hitting the USA within the next three months. It is set to have a price tag of $1100 to $1200 dollars, which puts it out of reach for most common folk. The plan is to bring it into Canada too, but only from the direct to business arm of Sony, it will not be marketed to customers. One of the barriers is the inability to read anything but PDF files, which limits the scope of who sees this as a viable option.
This e-Reader is one of the most eagerly anticipated models of the year. It is perfect for schools or people involved in technical fields, where recharging a device when you’re out, is simply not an option.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.