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Sony Shows off Lightest and Thinnest Ever E-Book Reader

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Sony has shown off a new digital e book ready that it says is the world's thinnest and lightest.

Aimed at corporate users, the 13.3-inch screen e-paper device is only slightly thicker than 30 sheets of paper. It also comes with a US$1,100 estimated retail price, which is why it is aimed at corporate users.

The Digital Paper device retains the context of an entire page by displaying text and graphics that are nearly identical to printed documents or full-size notepads. The device's touch panel enables users to operate the menu or turn pages by simply touching the screen. Using the included stylus, professionals can write directly on the panel, and also highlight and erase text.

"This is a true replacement for the vast amounts of paper that continue to clutter many offices and institutions," said Bob Nell, director, Digital Paper Solutions of Sony Electronics. "It is very easy to use and optimized for reading and annotating contracts, white papers, scholarly articles and legislation. The 'notepad' feature will have universal appeal, and notes can be shared with clients, colleagues, and co-workers. Digital Paper offers a simple, intuitive experience and gives professionals portability and flexibility coupled with the ability to wirelessly access document management solutions and other content repositories."

Introduction to the Legal Market

Sony is showcasing Digital Paper at this week's American Bar Association Tech Show in Chicago along with Worldox, which serves more than 5,500 law firms, financial institutions, and other enterprises. Sony is also developing additional markets for Digital Paper in collaboration with leading companies serving several key markets, which will be announced in the coming months.

In addition to PDF source files, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel files can be converted to the PDF format and saved, viewed and annotated on the Digital Paper device. For retrieval and transfer, Sony's Digital Paper incorporates Wi-Fi as well as USB connectivity.

Digital Paper is planned to be available in May, initially through a select group of Worldox agents.

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