Thursday, March 19, 2009

Free books on Sony Reader

From Brad Stone for The New York Times:
Aiming to outdo and recapture the crown for the most digital titles in an e-book library, Sony is announcing Thursday a deal with Google to make a half million copyright-free books available for its Reader device, a rival to the Amazon Kindle.

Since 2004, Google has scanned about seven million books from major university and research library collections. For now, however, Google can make full digital copies available only of books whose copyrights have expired.

The books available to Reader owners were written before 1923 and include classics like “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court,” by Mark Twain, and “The Awakening,” by Kate Chopin, as well as harder-to-find titles like “The Letters of Jane Austen.”
Until recently I'd never seen anyone using a Sony Reader. Then, last week, I saw two different people using one on consecutive days. Are you tempted to get one?

1 comment:

  1. I doubt that I'll ever buy a dedicated e-reader... I can see the day coming when I upgrade my iPod and the new model has reader-friendly functionality and that, for me, will be the point at which I change my habits. I'm afraid I have too many pieces of dead kit at the back of my cupboard, for proprietorial systems that are no longer supported, to fall for any more.


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