Electronic books or "e-books" have become one of the latest trends in technology and Sony is just one company that is profiting from the idea. The Sony Reader not only allows users to purchase and read books from the Sony Connect eBook store, but it can display Adobe PDFs, ePub format, personal documents, blogs, JPEG files, RSS newsfeeds, and Sony's BroadBand eBooks, as well as playing MP3 and unencrypted AAC audio files. It is viewable in direct sunlight and requires no power to keep a static image. While the Sony Reader has been available since 2006, on August 5th, 2009, Sony announced two new versions of the reader, the PRS-300 Pocket Edition and the PRS-600 Touch Edition.
PRS-300 or the "Pocket Edition":
The PRS-300 or the "Pocket Edition" has been put on the market to replace the now discontinued PRS-505. Priced very competitively at $199, it has a smaller display screen than the larger version (five inches) and a resolution of 800 x 600 pixels, with three adjustable font sizes. It features 512 MB of internal memory with 440 MB of it accessible. The battery is said to last up to two weeks on a single charge. It is available in navy blue, rose pink and silver.
PRS-600 or the "Touch Edition":
The PRS-600 or the "Touch Edition" is meant to replace the PRS-700 model that is no longer offered. It's the high-scale version of the Sony Reader and boasts a touch screen. The PRS-600 features six inch display screen with a resolution of 800 x 600 pixels and has 512 MB or memory with 380 MB accessible. It does, however, support the Sony Memory Stick Pro DUO and SDHC for expanded memory purposes. Like the PRS-300, a fully charged battery is said to last up two weeks but this edition is priced higher at $299. The PRS-600 is available in black, silver and red.