This is just so cool. Sony (s sne) has cut a deal with Google (s goog) 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 (s AMZN) 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.