Despite a troubled history, I remain a huge ePaper and eBook reader fan. I have to give Sony credit for pursuing the idea, even though their first "Reader" product didn't quite get the traction they'd hoped. The new PRS-505 model is lighter and smaller than the previous model and supports not only the eBooks available from the Sony Connect store—yes, it's still around for eBooks—but PDF, Word, BBeB eBooks, and "other text file formats." Those other formats include TXT and RTF, although no HTML. The PRS-505 will be recognized as a plain ol' USB Mass Storage Device, too, which should mean easy use with all operating systems.
MobileRead was on the embargoed press call and has more details.
The PRS-505 is available today on the Sony Style store for $300.
Virtual Press Kit [Sony.com]
Previously: Sony Reader ePaper Upgraded, Leaked [BBG]