Looks like the eBook wars are starting to heat up! That can only mean great things for consumers.
It flew under the radar under a quiet leak this morning, but Sony's just announced the Reader Daily Edition, as well as updated Mac-compatible eBook Library 3.0 software and a new library content service. The Reader Daily Edition has a seven-inch touchscreen with 16 levels of gray as well as a AT&T 3G modem, enabling it to pull content wirelessly -- it'll launch in December for $400, and the 3G access will be free and limited to accessing the Sony eBook store. We're a little more geeked about the library finder service, which enables you to check out ebooks and other digital content from your local public library on any of the Readers -- for free. The New York Public Library is the flashy public launch partner, but there are "thousands more" looped in through a partnership with Overdrive.com -- check out the huge selection of top-tier content you can get through the Chicago Public Library, for example. That's pretty amazing, and it's definitely a major advantage over the Kindle. We're gunning for more info now, we'll let you know as soon as we find out more -- until then, check two more images after the break.Let's hope Apple announces a new tablet device next month that can tether to an iPhone data connection. Then we'll really see the eBook market take off.
Read - Sony Reader Daily Edition PR
Read - Overdrive.com partnership PR
Hopefully, the industry will soon adopt ePub or some other standardized format so that your book collection is not locked into a specific platform. (Remember when music files were proprietary and locked in to your iPod?) That change is almost certain to come soon.