More than 500,000 copyright-free titles will be made available for Sony's Reader thanks to a deal with Google, which is opening its massive scanning project for portable use for the first time. The L.A. Times quotes a Sony spokesman saying something we are not accustomed to hearing from Sony spokespersons:
"We have focused our efforts on offering an open platform..." said Steve Haber, president of the digital reading business division at Sony Electronics.
The effect of this deal with Google is to make old public domain texts more convenient to access on the Reader. Bottom line: no more arsing around with Project Gutenberg's mammoth disclaimers or fixing flow problems caused by hard wrap.
Without WWAN, however, Sony's Reader's got its work cut out for it, no matter how much better it looks than Amazon's Kindle 2.
After praising the Reader's new selection of classic titles, the L.A. Times all but writes it off, casting Sony's refusal to add a cellular modem as "mystifying." [LA Times]