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This is just so cool.  Sony has cut a deal with Google to add 500,000 public domain titles produced through Google’s e-book scanning project into the Sony Reader library.  The e-books will be available to Sony Reader owners and are in the ePub format, a popular […]

sonyebookThis is just so cool.  Sony has cut a deal with Google to add 500,000 public domain titles produced through Google’s e-book scanning project into the Sony Reader library.  The e-books will be available to Sony Reader owners and are in the ePub format, a popular open electronic publishing format usable by the Reader.  These public domain titles were all published prior to 1923 and contain thousands of classics.

Sony has no doubt cut this deal in response to Amazon’s launch of the Kindle 2.  Amazon has a huge library of available content for the Kindle and now Sony does too.  It’s hard to beat the classics, and Sony Reader owners now have a huge collection to choose from.

(NYT via Gizmodo)

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  1. …”These public domain titles were all published prior to 1923 and contain thousands of classics.”…oh, wow — kinda like that library of books that you download at Projet Gutenberg’s website and read on your laptop or your Nintendo DS or your etc, etc…I wait with baited breath — SARCASM, SARCASM!!!

  2. Ray: Project Gutenberg has about 100K titles. Google just added access to four times more public domain titles. Yes, the books deemed “Classics” are probably all already available. But the Google additions will yield more obscure books that would have been lost. Each of us will likely find some books that please and amaze and educate us among those added books.

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