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Feels like a book, reads like a book; Open up to new Reader™ from Sony – with integrated snap cover and an even more satisfying reading experience

04 September 2013

  • Slim, light Reader™ with protective snap cover that’s beautifully comfortable to hold
  • Immerse yourself in your favourite books, thanks to the high resolution paper-like screen and advanced page refresh technology
  • Take hundreds of authors with you; download more with Wi-Fi
  • Quick Charge in 3 mins gives power to read a whole novel*

Open up to a smarter, more satisfying reading experience. Slim, light and a pleasure to hold, the new Reader™ from Sony re-writes the book on eReading.

Pencil-thin and the size of a small paperback, it’s the only e-Reader that includes its own protective snap cover. Don’t fiddle with power buttons or menus: just open the cover and instantly carry on reading from where you left off. With its integrated cover, new Reader™ is perfectly balanced for comfortable one-handed reading when you’re standing in a crowded rush-hour train.

Sony’s most advanced Reader™ yet builds on the success of previous models, giving book lovers an immersive experience so natural you’ll forget you’re reading from a screen.

It’s our highest ever resolution Reader; the paper-like E-ink screen is sharper and clearer than ever, with crisp text that’s wonderfully easy to read. Every page turn is beautifully smooth, too. Thanks to advanced page refresh technology by Sony, you can stay focused on the story with an unprecedented 4 hours of flicker-free page turns. Press forward/back page turn buttons or simply swipe the touchscreen to read on – it’s wonderfully intuitive. When you’re done, close the cover to save power and protect the screen until you’re ready to read on.

Feel the need to read but don’t have time to hang around? A three minute Quick Charge gives enough battery power to read a chunky 600-page novel in the time it makes to grab a coffee*. Fully charged, the battery lasts for two whole months of regular reading – plenty for the longest, laziest holiday.

There are plenty of tools built-in for true book lovers. Touch a word on-screen to look it up in a choice of five monolingual dictionaries, as well as a range of translation dictionaries including French, German, Spanish, Dutch and Italian.

Built-in Wi-Fi® enriches your reading experience whenever you’re near a hotspot. Google the author’s name or update your Facebook page with memorable quotes. Easily scribble handwritten notes or underline key passages on the touchscreen: Evernote saves your comments and highlighted passages for future reference.

Being connected puts an even wider world of stories at your fingertips. Buy eBooks direct**, without even hooking up Reader™ to your PC. You can literally carry a whole library in your hands. There’s space in the internal memory for 1200 eBooks – or slip in an optional MicroSD card to store tens of thousands more. Support for the open EPUB format lets you purchase stories from a huge range of online stores store. You can even borrow EPUB eBooks from libraries** and get some titles for free.

Want to keep reading long into the night? There’s an optional cover with integrated light that snaps on to your Reader™, bathing each page in smooth, natural illumination.

The new Reader™ from Sony is available in Europe from September (launch timing varies by country)

* Reading 1 minute/page up to 600 pages via AC adapter.

** In available regions/countries

Notes to editors

Key specifications




E Ink® Pearl anti-glare Display
- Screen Size: 15.2cm (6 inches)
- Gray Scale: 16-level gray scale
- Resolution: 758 x 1024 pixels


Clear IR Dual Touch Screen

Battery life (reading EPUB books)

- Approx. up to 2 months (wireless off)

- Approx. up to 1.5 months (wireless on)

Reading approx. 30 min each day. In low coverage areas, wireless usage will consume more battery. Actual battery life may vary upon wireless usage, settings, battery and environmental conditions.

Charging Time

- Fully charges in approximately 2 hours via AC Adapter PRSA-AC10/PRSA-AC1A (sold separately)

- Approx. 2.5 hours when charged from computer via included USB 2.0 cable

Built-in memory size

2GB (Approx. 1200 eBooks)

Depending on size of pre-loaded excerpts, available memory capacity may vary.

Memory Expansion

Micro SD card up to 32GB

Based on use with compatible external memory cards (sold separately). Actual file size may vary by digital book title. Some memory cards may not work with Reader.


802.11b/g/n; Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) push-button configuration, Basic Browser

Compatible formats

- Unsecured/free eBooks & text files: ePub, Adobe® PDF, TXT, FB2 (for Russia)

- DRM (Secure/purchased) eBooks and text files: ePub Adobe DRM protected , Adobe PDF Adobe DRM protected

- Image and photo files: JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP

Dimensions (Approx.)

109 x 160 x 11.3 mm (W/H/D) (including snap cover)

Weight (Approx.)

200g (including snap cover)

Bundled Accessories:

USB cable, Quick Start guide, Reader for PC/ Reader for Mac*

* Connect Reader™ to PC or Mac and download by launching embedded installer application.

For more information please contact
Sony Europe PR Team

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