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IFA 2011: Sony Reader Wi-Fi (PRS-T1) Unveiled With Special Harry Potter Edition

We’ve got some great news for Harry Potter fans, as Sony has just announced a brand new Wi-Fi eReader that will be available in a special limited edition Harry Potter version.

The limited edition Harry Potter eReader will come with a voucher that gives fans a free download of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the first title in the series, from Pottermore, the online Harry Potter fan site.

If you’re not a massive Harry Potter fan then there are regular eReaders available in Silver, Black and Red.

The Sony Reader Wi-Fi PRS-T1 is the latest eReader from the tech giant and features Wi-Fi connectivity for downloading eBooks on the device itself and a touchscreen for easy navigation.

Sony are claiming that the PRS-T1 is the world’s lightest 6-inch eReader, weighing just 168g, so it should fit into your bag or jacket pocket with ease and you won’t even know it’s there.

Wi-Fi connectivity will give access to instant eBook downloading from Sony, including both free and paid content.

With the touchscreen you’ll be able to select your book by tapping, and then use left and right swipe gestures to flick through the pages as well as using pinch to zoom in on text.

Sony has also developed a built-in dictionary which allows the user to tap and hold on a word within an eBook and see a word definition pop-up on screen, which we think is a great feature, especially for younger readers looking to learn as they read.

There are also ten other built-in dictionaries which allow the user to translate words to and from English, as well as a new notate feature which lets you draw and write on a page using the touchscreen and your finger or the provided stylus.

The new eBook reader from Sony has 2GB of storage space and is therefore capable of holding up to 1,200 eBooks as standard, though memory can be expanded further by inserting a MicroSD card. All popular eBook formats are supported including EPUB, plus PDF and TXT documents can also be viewed easily.

The Sony Reader Wi-Fi PRS-T1 will be available in the UK and Europe from October 2011 and should cost roughly £130.