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Sony unveils new e-book device that downloads newspapers, magazines.

NEW YORK, Aug. 25 Kyodo

Sony Corp. said Tuesday it will market an e-book device, the Reader Daily Edition, that offers newspapers and magazines as well as book titles during the coming Christmas season in the United States.

The Japanese electronics giant aims to catch up with its rival Inc., which sells a similar device called the Kindle, releasing its upgraded reader for $399 in December.

The new variation of the e-book reader will likely give a boost to the e-book market and may lead to new subscribers of newspapers at a time the newspaper industry is suffering a steep fall in subscriptions, analysts say.

Like the Kindle, the Reader Daily Edition can download content wirelessly via cellphone. It features a touchscreen and comes with a dictionary that lets users check the meaning of unfamiliar words.

It costs $9.99 to read newly released book titles, including bestsellers, and makes it possible to browse the digital holdings of public libraries over the Internet for free for a certain period of time, according to Sony.

Besides the Reader Daily Edition, the stripped-down versions -- the Reader Touch Edition and the Reader Pocket Edition -- will retail for $299 and $199 respectively.

The less expensive two models will be sold mainly through outlets of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and other mass retailers.
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Date:Aug 31, 2009
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