Incorporating a 7 inch e-ink enabled touchscreen display, the Reader Daily Edition is the largest among the new generation of e-readers that Sony has come up with. Priced at $299, the e-reader comes bundled with free Wi-Fi and AT&T 3G access. However, as of now, the 3G can only be used to connect to the Sony Reader store while one can connect to other sites via Wi-Fi. The Reader Daily Edition though comes preloaded with Google.com, Wikipedia.org, Twitter.com, Facebook.com, cnbc.com and cnet.com.
Coming to the e-reader itself, the Reader Daily Edition features a brushed aluminum chassis that not only adds strength to the device but also adds to the style quotient of the e-reader. Measuring 7.87 x 5.04 x 0.38 inches and weighing in at just 9.6oz, the Reader Daily Edition includes many an interesting feature such as intuitive content zoom, automatic multiple page creation while also allowing the user to adjust contrast and brightness settings as per their performance.
What’s more, the Sony e-reader also features a personalized standby screen whereby users have the option to set a screen saver while they are not in use for a set amount of time. There also is the collections functionality that allows for neat organization of the e-reader’s content as users will now be able to group e-books by author, category or other criteria.
The built-in dictionary function will make available the dictionary definition along with the translation for any word in the text by just tapping on the word twice while three successive taps on the word will initiate a search of that particular word on Wikipedia. The Reader Daily Edition comes pre-loaded with the New Oxford American Dictionary, Second Edition and Oxford Dictionary of English eDictionaries. There are also 10 translation dictionaries in languages such as French, German, Spanish, Italian and Dutch that comes pre-loaded into the device. So the good thing is, with so much of resource built into the device itself, the e-reader won’t require an internet connection to search for a particular word though one will have to get hooked on to the internet to reach Wikipedia.
The e-reader has 2 GB of onboard storage which can increased further by way of SD Cards. Content can be included into the device either wirelessly or by side loading into the device via an USB port that is connected to a computer.
The Sony Reader Daily Edition is also compatible with a wide range of file formats which includes ePub (Adobe DRM protected), PDF (Adobe DRM protected), BBeB Book (PRS DRM protected), Text and RTF DRM-encrypted files. These are in addition to the usual e-book file formats of PDF, RTF and DOC files etc.
The e-reader is currently available at the Sony portal along with Sony retail stores with shipping slated to begin tomorrow.