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Old 10-09-2007, 05:51 PM   #1
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Sony plans UK e-reader launch at London BookFair 2008

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Sony is expected to launch its e-book reader in the UK at the 2008 London Book Fair, fuelling speculation that Amazon will try and pip it to the post by rush-releasing its own rival device, the "Kindle".

According to publisher sources, Sony is in talks with Waterstone's to sell the device.

Sony would not confirm its plans for entering the UK, but publishers point to a launch next April and are already getting excited about the potential of a new e-reader launch to stimulate e-book sales.
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Old 10-09-2007, 05:55 PM   #2
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That's glorious, an out of continent distribution, finally!
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Old 10-09-2007, 07:30 PM   #6
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Not to be a wet blanket or anything, but I did note this bit (emphasis added):
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Tech website Engadget is suggesting that Amazon will launch its Kindle device just after Frankfurt on 15th October—and has reported that it is already selling Kindle versions of books on its website.
That last bit is something of an overstatement, both of what Engadget actually reported, and the reality (for those late to the party: the kindle edition books were listed but then pulled when we noticed them and were never yet for sale in the first place) -- I hope that the rest of it isn't an ... overstatement of some similar rumor or inference, but it's not the best sign.
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Old 10-10-2007, 02:26 AM   #7
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Do you think they'll let us onto eConnect store then? Or do you reckon it will be only US and UK residents??

I hate that something fierce. I don't know how to get stuff onto my eReader!!!
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Old 10-10-2007, 05:05 AM   #8
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More decisions to make...

Great news,
I almost decided to go for Bookeen due to presence in Europe but this means that I'll have to wait and see. If Sony gives possibility to non-UK people to buy books, we have a clear winner.

Waiting, waiting, waiting...

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Old 10-10-2007, 05:37 AM   #9
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Hi John,

What makes you say that the Sony would be a clear winner over the CyBook? There are hugely more books available in MobiPocket format than in Sony format, and no problems with buying them from any country in the world.
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Old 10-10-2007, 06:35 AM   #10
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Well, I tried to take into account technical side, Sony is good at making HW and support is slow but it will eventually solve the problems. You're right that mobipocket is widely spread but I have a number of txt/rtf myself so that's not crucial for me. As somebody mentioned in some other thread, I'm waiting for this since I saw Star Trek as 9 year old and managed to build my SF library in txt/rtf in hope that some day will come to convert library to whatever format it takes. So this is probably correct in my case but not necessarily for others.

I still have one mp3 player from Sony which has served me many years. Software is still horrible, conversion awful and so on. But HW never let me down. This is little bit idea behind the reader as well: I don't expect that reader sw or format support will be as good as we wanted for couple of years to come but hopefully acceptable.

Secondly I have some weird idea/hope that Sony will find other distribution partners, connect shop is incapable of giving the right upswing in book sales.
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Old 10-10-2007, 06:42 AM   #11
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You're right - the Sony Reader is very well built; I've been using mine since last December. I do prefer the MobiPocket format over Sony's LRF format, however, simply because it's supported by so many more devices and retailers. Obviously, though, if using TXT/RTF is your main goal then that's not an issue!
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Secondly I have some weird idea/hope that Sony will find other distribution partners, connect shop is incapable of giving the right upswing in book sales.
They've announced a partnership with Borders for that, there's no telling how that will fall out on national boundaries, though.
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You're right - the Sony Reader is very well built; I've been using mine since last December. I do prefer the MobiPocket format over Sony's LRF format, however, simply because it's supported by so many more devices and retailers. Obviously, though, if using TXT/RTF is your main goal then that's not an issue!
Would it be feasible, software wise, for Sony to port Mobipocket to their readers?
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I very much hope that Sony will not compute the price the way Booken does.

$300 is not equal 300Eur
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Old 10-10-2007, 02:33 PM   #15
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I very much hope that Sony will not compute the price the way Bookeen does.

$300 is not equal 300Eur
Nope

$300 = ₤300
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