Sony PRS 700 discontinued?

Picture 1.pngClément Monjou of Ebouquin.fr just alerted me to the fact that the SonyStyle store lists the 700 as no longer available. This unit was always a bit controversial and I imagine the higher price had a dampening effect on its sales. Does this mean that Sony’s wireless version is on the way? I hope so, I’ll buy one in a minute. Here’s what Ebouquin has to say:

En me baladant sur le site de Sony et sur le fiche-produit du Sony PRS-700, j’ai pu découvrir la mention suivante : “This product is no longer available for purchase.”. Le Sony Reader a écran tactile ne serait donc plus disponible à la vente. Cela demande à être confirmé mais c’est une sacrée nouvelle.

Très décrié depuis sa sortie, le PRS-700 n’a jamais conquis le coeur des utilisateurs et des fans de livres électroniques. En effet, son écran tactile est très controversé. Bien que celui-ci procure au reader une ergonomie bien au dessus de celle des autres appareils du marché, cela se fait au prix du confort de lecture. La couche tactile nécessaire au fonctionnement d’un tel écran fait perdre les qualités du papier électronique dont celle d’être lisible en plein soleil.

En tout cas, si cette information se confirme, c’est un signe de plus qui indique qu’il va avoir du changement du côté de chez Sony. D’ailleurs, le PRS-505 n’est plus disponible en coloris Dark Blue (sauf pour l’édition spécial Michael Connelly). Sony nous prépare quelque chose

6 Comments on Sony PRS 700 discontinued?

  1. Personally, I never really considered buying the 700 because the price is much more than I can chew right now. I’m still clutching to my ancient 500 and loving it. If Sony did come out with a Reader that had wireless capabilities, I’d probably break down and buy one.

  2. Eric Montgomery // July 22, 2009 at 12:11 pm //

    I’ve still got my PRS-500 sitting on my headboard gathering dust. Ever since Kindle for the iPhone came out I’ve been reading all of my books on my iPhone. The Kindle book prices are better and there’s a larger selection. PLUS I can buy a book without having to download it into some proprietary desktop software that’s way too slow.

    From the looks of it the PRS-700 isn’t even sold through Sony Style anymore. It’s not listed on the U.S. site at all.

  3. Canadian store says it’s “Out of stock”.
    Hope a new wi-fi/3G is on the way to Canada.

  4. Actually, come to think of it, the ideal situation for me (suggested by the writer above) would be a Sony Reader iPhone app. Then I could use my Sony Reader when the light is not optimal and my iPhone whenever it isn’t. Man that would be perfect. Sony do it Please!!!

  5. Michael Harris // July 23, 2009 at 11:30 am //

    As noted on mobileread.com, one of the colors of the PRS-505 is also no longer available from the Sony Style store.

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