Earlier this week Sony announced the release of two new devices set to compete with the Amazon.com Kindle. The two new e-readers will be priced at $200 and $300. The PRS-300 is known as the Sony Reader Pocket and the PRS-600 is known as the Sony Reader Touch. Both will be available at the end of this month.
The Amazon.com Kindle 2 sells for $300 and the Kindle DX sells for $490, giving Sony a cost advantage. The Sony Pocket will cost $200 and will have a 5″ display. Colors for the Pocket will be available in blue, rose, and silver. The device will be able to hold about 350 eBooks.
The $300 Sony Touch will have a 6″ touch screen display. Sony Touch users will be able to take handwritten notes using a stylus and virtual keyboard. All of the notes can be exported or printed.
One of the cons of both e-readers is that they do not work wirelessly. Sony also plans to reduce the prices of their e-books in order to complete with Amazon and Barnes & Nobles’ e-book store prices. For $10, Sony Touch and Pocket users can buy new releases and bestsellers.