Sony to Cut E-Book Prices and Offer New Readers

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Adding to mounting tensions in the publishing industry over the pricing of electronic books, Sony Electronics announced Tuesday evening that it was lowering prices for new and best-selling books in its e-book store, to $9.99 from $11.99.

Full story in the NYT

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In a related story on NPR -New Sony E-book Reader $100 Cheaper Than Kindle there is this line: The Kindle can only download books from Amazon's store, while Sony's Readers can display texts sold in the "epub" format — an open standard supported by the International Digital Publishing Forum that numerous publishers use to make e-books.

The support of an open standard I thought was interesting.

While the lower prices are nice, I've found myself leaning towards pdf copies of ebooks available at other online retailers. I like the comfort of knowing that I'll be able to use my ebooks even if something happens to my Sony Reader.

I find that I still prefer using the ereader, though. Last month I bought a book and read it on my 10 inch netbook (the batteries were run down on my ereader) and the scrolling-scrolling-scrolling kind of drove me batty after a while. I'm not sure how people can use an iphone or itouch to read whole books.... :)

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