Sony has confirmed the launch of new Sony readers in the UK and the US at its keynote speech at IFA in Berlin, Germany.

The new Reader Pocket Edition and Reader Touch Edition digital readers will come with a new tweaked design and technology enhancements, such as touch screen control and more memory.

Sony has restyled both devices, reduced their size and weight, and made its responsive touch screens available across both lines. Both models come with 2GB of onboard memory, which allows you to carry up to 1200 books.

The new Reader line also offers users the ability to look up words and phrases with the built-in Oxford Dictionary of English, as well as 10 translation dictionaries to and from English in French, German, Spanish, Italian and Dutch.

Wordsmiths can also now create “word logs” to track the words they’ve looked up in both chronological and book order while quickly switching between dictionaries.

Both devices utilise E Ink as before.

The new Reader Pocket Edition PRS-350 sports a 5-inch, full touch screen, while the new Reader Touch Edition PRS-650 features a 6-inch full touch screen. Furthermore the Touch Edition offers expansion slots for up to 32GB of additional memory, enabling the storage of tens of thousands of ebooks and the ability to play MP3 and AAC audio files. It is available in black and silver.   

The new Reader Pocket and Touch Editions will be available in the UK from 17 September from Sony Centres,, Waterstone’s, WH Smith and other high street retailers.

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