Sony Corp. plans to offer an eBook reader with the ability to wirelessly download books, injecting more competition in a small but fast-growing market by adopting a key feature of the rival Kindle from Amazon.com, reports the Associated Press. Sony’s $399 Reader Daily Edition will go on sale by December, Sony executives said Aug. 25. The device has a 7-inch touch screen and will be able to get books, daily newspapers, and other reading material over AT&T’s cellular network. The latest version of the Kindle–which is not controlled by touching the screen–costs $299 and uses Sprint Nextel’s wireless network for downloads. Sony also has begun selling a "Pocket Edition" eBook reader with a 5-inch screen, for $199, and a larger $299 touch-screen model. Neither has wireless capability, so both have to be connected to a computer to acquire books. Though Sony is following in Amazon’s footsteps by adding wireless capability, its eBook strategy differs in crucial respects. The only copy-protected books the Kindle can display are from Amazon’s store, and the only devices the store supports are the Kindle, the iPhone, and the iPod Touch. Sony, on the other hand, has committed to an open eBook standard, meaning its Readers can show copy-protected books from a variety of stores, and the books can be moved to and read on a variety of devices, including cell phones. Sony also announced that the Readers will be able to load eBooks "loaned" from local libraries. A library card will provide access to free books that expire after 21 days…

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