Hold effortlessly in one hand: just 168 grams and 8.9mm thin
Browse and download a huge range of eBooks via Wi-Fi
Turn pages smoothly, zoom in and out, look up in dictionary or make
notes, all on an advanced high-contrast touch screen
Borrow eBooks directly and wirelessly from your public library
Over one month of battery life* lets you read without recharging on
holidays or trips
Available in three fashionable colours: red, white and black
* See detailed technical specifications at the end of this press release
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TORONTO, Sept. 7, 2011 /CNW/ - Treat yourself to the most natural and
immersive reading experience with the new Reader™ Wi-Fi® (model PRS-T1) from Sony - the world's lightest1 6" eReader that also features an enhanced touch screen.
Now with Wi-Fi, Reader gives you the additional freedom to buy, borrow
or get eBooks for free wherever there's a wireless connection
As part of Sony's continued effort to support the Public Library System,
Reader Wi-Fi will also be the first eReader to offer wireless
connectivity to the public library system in Canada via a dedicated
icon on the device to allow easy and convenient borrowing of free
e-books with a valid library card. Readers can access and download
their favourite best-sellers, new releases, classics, and periodicals
via a Wi-Fi connection from Reader™ Store or shop from a wide range of
bookstores and other websites that provide books in digital formats
compatible with Reader Wi-Fi, such as EPUB, PDF and TXT. In addition,
Reader Store now offers Canada's two National newspapers the Globe &
Mail and National Post as well as Canada's most-read newspaper, Toronto
Star as single daily editions or monthly subscriptions. Other regional
Postmedia Network offerings are also now available, such as Montreal
Gazette, Calgary Herald, Vancouver Sun, and Ottawa Citizen.
"We believe in giving readers more freedom and flexibility while
reading, and the new Reader Wi-Fi gives avid readers more access to
content than ever. Bibliophiles can now buy, borrow or download free
books and periodicals wherever there's a Wi-Fi connection," said Tim
Algate, Marketing Manager for Reader Digital Books at Sony of Canada
Slipping effortlessly into a bag or pocket, Reader Wi-Fi is no bigger
than a paperback book. 8.9mm thin and weighing just 168 grams it's
supremely comfortable to hold, with a gently curving profile that fits
naturally in your hand.
Enjoying your favourite book is even more of a pleasure with the
advanced Dual Touch screen. The E Ink® Pearl electronic paper displays a clear, glare-free, high contrast
image that's easy to read for hours, even in direct sunlight.
Touch the screen to choose a book. Swipe a finger to turn the page, or
zoom in and out by pinching your fingers together or apart. Tap on a
word and hold to find its meaning from two built-in English language
dictionaries. Words can also be translated to and from English using
ten built-in translation dictionaries (including French, Spanish,
German, Italian, and Dutch). You can even write notes on the page or
highlight text with a finger or the supplied stylus - just like a real
Finding your way around the longest title is refreshingly quick and
intuitive. Bookmark pages and return to them instantly, or search for
particular passages and jump straight to the text you're looking for.
While you're reading, get extra information easily on a word or phrase
with in-text access to Google™ and Wikipedia® look-ups. A simple browser also lets you download other compatible5 documents from the web via Wi-Fi for easy reading while you're on the
Reader Wi-Fi handles a wide range of digital formats, including the
popular EPUB eBook standard plus PDF and TXT documents. View your
collection of digital photos on screen, or plug in a pair of headphones
and listen to stored music tracks while you're reading. The front cover
image of your current title or a favourite photo can be displayed as a
screensaver when Reader is in standby mode.
Fine-tune your reading experience with eight adjustable font sizes plus
a choice of six font styles. Screen contrast and brightness are easily
adjusted for comfortable viewing in any lighting conditions.
Its long battery life lets you read for over one month without needing a
recharge (3 weeks with wireless on). Reader Wi-Fi can be used while the
battery charges via USB on a connected PC, so there's no need to
interrupt your favourite book.
With a capacity of 2GB - enough to hold around 1,200 eBooks - internal
memory space is easily expanded with an optional microSD card to hold
tens of thousands more.
Style-matched optional accessories for your Reader include a
form-fitting cover with built-in lighting arm that angles for reading
at night or in dimly lit places.
Reader Wi-Fi with Pottermore download offer6
Sony's first offer in its collaboration with J.K. Rowling's eagerly
anticipated Pottermore website (www.pottermore.com) is a specially-created limited edition of Reader Wi-Fi (PRS-T1) which
includes a voucher that enables Harry Potter fans to download the first
Harry Potter eBook title, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, from Pottermore, when it becomes available. Pottermore, partnered with
Sony, is a unique website which builds an exciting and immersive online
experience around the Harry Potter books and is the exclusive retailer
of the Harry Potter digital eBooks.
Reader Wi-Fi (model: PRS-T1) and Reader Wi-Fi with Pottermore download
offer (model: PRS-T1HBC) will be available in Canada from October 2011
for about $169.
1 The world's lightest eBook Reader with diagonal screen size of 6" as of
31st August 2011.
2 Reader Store will soon be available in Europe, coming first to the UK,
Germany and Austria in 2011.
3 World's first according to Sony research as of 31st August 2011.
4 Requires valid library card. Device feature - available only in UK, US,
5 Unencrypted ePub and PDF files.
6 Availability of Reader Wi-Fi with Pottermore download offer varies by
E-Ink Pearl™ v220 - Screen Size: 6 inches - Gray Scale: 16-levels gray
scale - Resolution: 600 x 800 pixels
Clear Touch Infrared technology
Battery life (continuous playback)
- A single charge lasts over one month with wireless off based on a
half-hour of daily reading time. *1
- Read on a single battery charge up to 3 weeks with wireless on. *1
- Up to 14,000 continuous page turns when reading only *2
* 1 Measured by reading 30 minutes each day. In low coverage areas,
wireless usage will consume battery power more quickly. Actual battery
life may vary upon wireless usage, product settings, battery and
*2 Measured using text-based content in EPUB format and fully charged
battery, consecutive page-turns at approximately one second per page
under recommended operating temperature. Actual battery life may vary
based on usage and individual device.
Approx. 2 hours using power adapter (sold separately).
Approx. 2.5 hours via USB from connected computer.
Built-in memory size (User available capacity)
Approx. 1.3 GB after initial setting*
Available memory capacity may vary, depending on size of pre-loaded
excerpts and 2 English/10 translation dictionaries.
Stores up to 1,200 books* in internal memory.
*Based on average un-illustrated eBook file size of 1.0 MB.
Micro SD card up to 32GB*
* Based on use with compatible external memory cards (sold separately).
Actual file size may vary by digital book title. Some memory cards may
not work with Reader.
Standards: IEEE 802.11b/g/n
Security: WEP, WPA-Personal, WPA2-Personal
Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)
5°C to 35°C
173.0 x 110.0 x 8.9 mm (H/W/D)
USB cable and Stylus Pen
*Editor's Note: Press releases are available for news media on the Sony of Canada news
and information website at www.sony.ca/presscentre .
About Sony of Canada Ltd.
Established in 1955, Sony of Canada Ltd. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of
Sony Corporation, of Tokyo, Japan, a world leader in High
Definition. Sony provides end-to-end solutions through products that
include the market-leading Blu-ray Disc™ players, BRAVIA® televisions,
Cyber-shot® digital cameras, Handycam® Camcorders, VAIO® computers,
broadcast cameras, IPELA security cameras and video conferencing and
many more products that deliver the true entertainment experience.
Sony is one of the most comprehensive entertainment companies in the
world with a portfolio that includes electronics, music, movies, games
and online businesses. With headquarters in Toronto, sales offices in
Vancouver and Montreal and distribution centres in Coquitlam, British
Columbia, and Whitby, Ontario, approximately 1,000 employees support a
network of more than 500 authorized dealers and 52 Sony retail
locations across Canada.
Sony Canada is devoted to the betterment of children, the environment,
and the community. Through the Sony Canada Charitable Foundation
(SCCF), Sony Canada aims to maximize its support of charitable and
philanthropic organizations, including Make-A-Wish® Canada, the United
Way of Canada and Earth Day Canada.
Image with caption: "Pottermore, partnered with Sony, is a unique website which builds an exciting and immersive online experience around the Harry Potter books and is the exclusive retailer of the Harry Potter digital eBooks. (CNW Group/Sony of Canada Ltd.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110907_C9244_PHOTO_EN_2956.jpg
Image with caption: "Reader™ Wi-Fi® is available in three fashionable colours: red, white and black (CNW Group/Sony of Canada Ltd.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110907_C9244_PHOTO_EN_2957.jpg
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SOURCE Sony of Canada Ltd.
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