Sony Inks Huge Ebook Deal With Google
Sony's eBook Store just filled up with a brand new half-million public domain books from Google. All of the new additions are optimized for current models of the Reader.
March 19, 2009
“We have focused our efforts on offering an open platform and making it easy to find as much content as possible – from our store or others – whether that content is purchased, borrowed or free,” said Steve Haber, president of the Digital Reading Business Division at Sony Electronics. “Working with Google, we can offer book lovers another avenue for free books while still providing a seamless experience from our store.”
Books from Google will feature an extensive list of traditional favorites, including “The Awakening,” “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court,” and “Black Beauty”
Also, the new batch of books includes items that can be more difficult for people to access, such as The Letters of Jane Austen (in addition to “Sense and Sensibility” and “Emma.”).
Last but not least, the list includes a number of titles in French, German, Italian, Spanish and other languages. People can search the full text of the collection, or they can browse by subject, author, or featured titles.
Customers of the virtual store can transfer the new books to their PRS-505 or PRS-700 Reader at no cost. Those new to the store will need to set up an account and download Sony’s free eBook Library software.