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Report: 300,000 Sony Readers Sold

The e-reader guessing game may be in its final stages. According to theBookseller, Sony confirms it has sold 300,000 Readers globally since 2006:

So far three million books have been downloaded from its online library, which is home to 57,000 titles. The electronics giant said it planned to grow its online library to 100,000 titles by the end of the year.

The Reader is available through a variety of channels, including U.K. retailers. The Kindle is currently sold only through Amazon to U.S.-based buyers.

Sony is prepping a wireless-enabled Reader to compete against the Kindle, but theBookseller says there’s no firm release date. The third-generation Reader — a faster model with more storage but no connectivity — was announced in October.

(Via Walt Shiel’s Twitter stream.)

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  • bowerbird

    ok, mac! i’m glad you finally have your number! :+)

    i’m not sure what _good_ it does you… (oh heck,
    why feign ignorance here? i know it doesn’t do you
    one speck of good, _except_ it satisfies that awful
    itch your curiosity has had, to *know* the number.)

    so… if it helps to excite you even more, the people
    from sony told me they’ve kept even with the kindle,
    according to their spies in the e-ink screen industry.
    (but that was last summer, pre-oprah-endorsement.)

    of more importance to the publishers, however, is
    how many e-books have been sold, and the edge
    there has been extremely clear for a very long time,
    according to the black mask man david moynihan…
    it’s kindle head-and-shoulders above everyone else.

    now, about that iphone… ;+)

    -bowerbird

    p.s. actually, the stanza people are basically neglecting
    their desktop versions to concentrate solely on the iphone,
    in case that tells you anything. i thought it was interesting.

  • http://toc.oreilly.com/mac-slocum Mac Slocum

    @bowerbird: You’re absolutely right — this number really doesn’t do anything beyond satisfying that weird frustration I’ve had about *lack* of numbers. Beyond that, it really doesn’t mean anything — and I’m looking forward to putting this number ambiguity behind me ;)

  • http://allanmcdougall.wordpress.com Allan McDougall

    Unfortunately, due to Canadian online content laws, the Kindle nor the Reader is available here. It’s BS (beyond stupid!) I can’t wait to get one though . . . sigh.