The next version of the Sony Reader has leaked to the web, bearing the typically sexy Sony moniker of the "PRS-505." While the 505 is primarily a screen update—the new ePaper screen can refresh in almost half the time—the new units also tend to be a little bit thinner and compact.
The rest of the world may not be that interested in eBook tech, but I remain intrigued despite all good advice to the contrary. With Amazon's "Kindle" eBook reader on the horizon, we may end up with a full-fledged race on our hands. One only I will care about.
Of course, the issue with these things tends not to be the hardware, but the cumbersome management of the eBook files themselves. Even if you wanted to buy a DRM-encumbered book from Sony's CONNECT eBook Store, it would still be nice to be able to toss a random mish-mash of plaintext files, PDFs, .doc, HTML—whatever—and have the Reader do a decent job of rendering it sanely. At least this time around Sony appears to be advertising the Reader's ability to work with non-DRM files, as well (at least according to a catalog page that has now been yanked), so there's that.