Sony PRS-505 Reader on sale tomorrow

Sony are set to release their PRS-505 Reader in the UK tomorrow. The electronics company claim that their e-book reader will "revolutionise reading", doing for books what the Walkman did for music.

The 260g lightweight Reader, which uses E Ink screen technology, is being marketed to appeal to frequent travellers who no longer want to lump around heavy paperbacks. The PRS-505 Reader can hold 160 e-books and also has an 8GB memory card slot.

Coming with a CD containing 100 classics, Sony's e-book reader costs £199. Does it spell the end for the paperback? Probably not, as reading off a screen is just not the same as reading off a page, but it's still a novel idea if you can excuse the terrible pun.

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