Lee Duffield

Edited by Lee Duffield
Freedom and Truth

Sony to release digital book reader

Sony has revealed plans to release its Daily Reader Edition electronic book, or e-book, by the end of the year in an attempt to trump Amazon’s popular Kindle.

The Daily Reader features a 17.8-centimetre wide touchscreen, internal memory allowing it to store over 1000 e-books, including select newspapers and magazines, and industry standard software for flexibility and ease of use.

It is also the first of its kind to boast 3G wireless connectivity, allowing consumers to purchase and download on the

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But will a limited market and a conservative approach to the technology impede their efforts?

Chief executive officer of Insight Publishing Birri O’Dea says this may not be the case if the parallel import restrictions are lifted.

“This will completely change the way Australian publishing companies operate and many may turn to electronic books instead,” she says.

“At this stage we already provide an online version of our print magazine.

“We now have a worldwide readership and for us to go through the task of exporting the print version would not only be time consuming, but impossible in some countries.”

Supporters of parallel import restrictions argue the regulations are vital in ensuring the survival of domestic publishing companies.

Currently independent booksellers such as Dymocks cannot source cheaper books from overseas publishers in order to save money.

Ms O’Dea says the digital book formats have massive advantages for publishing companies, as well as the consumers.

“It reduces the printing cost significantly and from an environmental perspective it is much better – no paper wastage, ink and chemical usage, or pulping unsold copies,” she says.

“Besides the cost savings, e-books [or magazines] have no restrictions on the people you can reach.”