Sony drops Canadian prices on eReaders
The Sony Reader Pocket Edition is now $179, while the Touch Edition moves to $229.
This new pricing is part of a larger effort to make e-ink readers of all stripes more appealing to consumers, especially now that Apple’s iPad threatens to consume at least a portion of the potential users of these devices.
But I can tell you from personal experience, there really is no competition if reading books is what you like to do most.
The iPad is great, has a big, beautiful display and can accomplish a dizzying array of tasks with the right apps. But it’s heavy. I mean not “I can barely lift this thing” heavy, but more like “I’m getting a cramp after holding this thing for 30 minutes” heavy. As for reading in bed – forget about it.
eReaders, whether we’re talking about the Kindle, the Sony Reader, the Kobo or any other dedicated device are simply better for books.
Sony’s new pricing makes picking up one of these units more attractive than ever before. If you haven’t seen one in the flesh, I strongly encourage you to go check one out.
Still too many new releases are only available in Canada. I have been using the KOBO bookstore which works fine with my Sony software.
I love my Sony Touch – also have a Kobo but just don’t find it as nice to use. Do buy all my books on Kobo though – much cheaper than the Sony site and they download direct to my Reader Library for transfer to the ereader. Unfortunately though – the touch screen just stopped working and I have to send it back for repair/replacement. Am impressed so far with their service though – was able to reach ‘live chat’ quickly and today was able to talk on the phone to a technician in a timely fashion! Really hope to have my Reader back in a couple of weeks.