Sony's New eReader Is Light, Pleasant, And Massively Late To The Game

Sony's got a new ereader. It's actually quite nice. It's just not as nice as all the other ereaders that are either out or about to be out. And sadly, it's more expensive than its direct competitors, too. Poor Sony.

AU Editor's Note: We've just spoken to Sony Australia and this is just a US announcement. That means it's not likely to appear on shelves here. Of course that's not going to stop you importing it if you like what you read here.

The PRS-T2 is a 6-inch e-ink reader with a touchscreen. It's also got the pretty much standard two month battery life and 2GB of storage. But its $US130 price is higher than the $US100 Nook Simple Touch, which is frankly better, and just $US10 cheaper than the Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight, which is front-lit. And of course Kindles are cheap as hell, and are likely to be refreshed some time soon and be either better or cheaper or both.

The big feature Sony's pushing is the ability to yank clips from books you buy through Sony's store (naturally) and stick them on Facebook or Evernote. Oh, and if you buy the matte black one you can get a code for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone from Pottermore. Which is something, I guess.

It's too bad. The PRS-T2 is a perfectly nice, usable reader. It's just about a year too late to really have a chance, and the fact that it's not coming to Australia doesn't win it any points either. [Sony]