Sony’s ebook reader, the Librie, launches in Japan this Saturday. Although the resolution is much sharper than that of the average computer display, the screen is small: only six inches. But according to the Guardian:
The quality of the display will come as quite a shock to any seasoned user of mobile devices; it looks more like paper than the computer screen it is. The closest comparison is to think of old-fashioned ink on pulp you’re likely holding now, unless you’re reading this online, in which case the Librie looks far better.
In fact, as it’s a reflective screen, it looks the same whether you read it indoors or out….
It’s accompanied by a “Memory Stick,” which indexes up to 500 books. Powered by three AAA batteries, the Librie itself “stretch[es] to an impressive 10,000 pages, enough for about 40 novels.”
The Register reported last month that the ebook “will cost Â¥40,000 ($376) when it ships on 24 April. Content will be available on an ‘all you can read’ basis for Â¥210 ($1.98) a month subscription.”