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ソニー Reader 新モデルはマルチタッチ対応、WiFi搭載、6インチ級世界最軽量

Haruka Ueda
2011年9月1日, 午前12:30 in Ebook
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仕様まるごと流出から遅れること数日、ソニーの電子書籍端末 Reader の新モデル PRS-T1 が正式に発表されました。従来の Touch Edition とおなじ大きさとなる 6インチ E Ink ディスプレイを採用しており、同サイズのアマゾン Kindle や B&N Nook に正面から挑むことになります。解像度は 800 x 600 で変わらず。

大きく変わったのは3点。まず、なぜかこれまで未搭載だったWiFi機能を備えること。802.11b/g/nに対応し、PCでわざわざ電子書籍を購入した後に転送といった手間が不要になったほか、米国・英国・カナダでは図書館からの無線貸し出しにも対応します。また、内蔵の「シンプルブラウザ」でGoogleやWikipediaも利用可能です。さらに、タッチスクリーンがマルチタッチに対応し、スワイプによるページ切り替え、ピンチズームなど、タブレットでおなじみの操作方法が利用できるようになりました。引き続きスタイラスも同梱されます。

最後に、本体サイズが168gとぐっと軽くなったこともポイント。もともと Reader Touch Edition は215gと、軽量化をアピールしていた Kindle(WiFiモデル)の241gよりだいぶ軽かったのですが、168gというのは Nook の 212g も大幅に下回る数字で、ソニーは「6インチ級世界最軽量」を高らかに謳っています。厚さは8.9mm。

内蔵ストレージは2GB、microSDスロット付き。バッテリーのもちはWiFi利用時で3週間、WiFiなしで1月以上。カラーは写真のとおりブラック、レッド、ホワイト。課題のコンテンツ面では、ソニーは「ハリー・ポッター」シリーズを再構築するオンラインコミュニティ & コンテンツストア「ポッターモア」に協力しており、Readerの限定モデルではハリー・ポッター作品を購入できるクーポンが同梱されます。お値段は149ドル。10月の発売予定です。



Sony Introduces World's Lightest 15.2cm (6") eReader with Enhanced Touchscreen

31 August 2011

· Hold effortlessly in one hand: just 168 grams and 8.9mm thin
· Browse and download a huge range of eBooks via Wi-Fi
· Turn pages smoothly, zoom in and out, look up in dictionary or make notes, all on advanced, high-contrast touchscreen
· Borrow eBooks directly and wirelessly from your public library
· Over one month of battery life* lets you read without recharging on holidays or trips away
· Available in three fashionable colours: red, white and black

Treat yourself to the most natural and immersive reading experience with the new Reader™ Wi-Fi® (model PRS-T1) from Sony – the world's lightest1 15.2cm (6") eReader that also features an enhanced touchscreen.

Now with Wi-Fi, Reader gives you the additional freedom to buy, borrow or get eBooks for free wherever there's a wireless connection available.

From the latest releases to popular titles and classics, it's easy to browse and download titles in seconds from a huge range of compatible bookstores and other web sites. You will also be able to purchase and download eBooks and periodicals via Wi-Fi from the rapidly-expanding catalogue available at the Reader™ Store2. What's more, Reader Wi-Fi is the worlds' first3 eReader that will allow you to borrow eBooks wirelessly from public libraries thanks to simple, seamless access on the device4 via an on-screen 'Public Library' icon.

Slipping effortlessly into a bag or pocket, Reader Wi-Fi is no bigger than a paperback book. 8.9mm thin and weighing just 168 grams it's supremely comfortable to hold, with a gently curving profile that fits naturally in your hand.

Enjoying your favourite book is even more of a pleasure with the advanced Dual Touch screen. E Ink® Pearl electronic paper displays a clear, glare-free, high contrast image that's easy to read for hours, even in direct sunlight.

Touch the screen to choose a book. Swipe a finger to turn the page, or zoom in and out by pinching your fingers together or apart. Tap on a word and hold to find its meaning from two built-in English language dictionaries. Words can also be translated to and from English using ten built-in translation dictionaries. You can even write notes on the page or highlight text with a finger or the supplied stylus – just like a real book.

Finding your way around the longest title is refreshingly quick and intuitive. Bookmark pages and return to them instantly, or search for particular passages and jump straight to the text you're looking for.

While you're reading, get extra information easily on a word or phrase with in-text access to Google™ and Wikipedia® look-ups. A simple browser also lets you download other compatible5 documents from the web via Wi-Fi for easy reading while you're on the move.

Reader Wi-Fi handles a wide range of digital formats, including the popular EPUB eBook standard plus PDF and TXT documents. View your collection of digital photos on screen, or plug in a pair of headphones and listen to stored music tracks while you're reading. The front cover image of your current title or a favourite photo can be displayed as a screensaver when Reader is in standby.

Fine-tune your reading experience with eight adjustable font sizes plus a choice of six font styles. Screen contrast and brightness are easily adjusted for comfortable viewing in any lighting conditions.

Its long battery life lets you read for over one month without needing a recharge (3 weeks with wireless on). Reader Wi-Fi can be used while the battery charges via USB on a connected PC, so there's no need to interrupt your favourite book.

With a capacity of 2GB – enough to hold around 1,200 eBooks – internal memory space is easily expanded with an optional microSD card to hold tens of thousands more.

Style-matched optional accessories for your Reader include a form-fitting cover with built-in lighting arm that angles for reading at night or in dimly lit places.

Reader Wi-Fi with Pottermore download offer6

Sony's first offer in its collaboration with J.K. Rowling's eagerly anticipated Pottermore website (www.pottermore.com) is a specially-created limited edition of Reader Wi-Fi (PRS-T1) which includes a voucher that enables Harry Potter fans to download the first Harry Potter eBook title, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, from Pottermore. Pottermore, a unique website which builds an exciting and immersive online experience around the Harry Potter books and is the exclusive retailer of the Harry Potter digital eBooks, is partnered by Sony.

Reader Wi-Fi (model: PRS-T1) by Sony is available in Europe from October 2011, depending on country.

1 The world's lightest eBook Reader with diagonal screen size of 15.2 cm (6") as of 31st August 2011.

2 Reader Store will soon be available in Europe, coming first to the UK, Germany and Austria in 2011.

3 World's first according to Sony research as of 31st August 2011.

4 Requires valid library card. Device feature - available only in UK, US, and Canada.

5 Unencrypted ePub and PDF files.

6 Availability of Reader Wi-Fi Pottermore special edition varies by country.

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