Sony Envisions New Chapter in E-Book Story

Sony wants to rewrite the electronic book.

Sony wants to rewrite the electronic book. The hardware and content giant aims to appeal to frequent travelers, students and consumers with its new Sony Reader.

The e-book, which is about the size of a paperback novel, can store up to 100 tomes. Thus, for example, it would allow students who shoulder heavy backpacks to consolidate their texts, Sony executives said.

Sony did not disclose a price for the e-book, which will be available in the United States this spring. However, the company does intend to support the Sony Reader with a desktop application that can manage downloaded books and access thousands of titles, which can be purchased via its Connect online store.