It seems like aeons since Sony had a new e-book reader out, so we were pleased to discover a new model on our recent jaunt to the IFA consumer technology show in Berlin. The Sony Reader PRS-T1 is a very lightweight [168g] 6in screen e-book reader with Wi-Fi onboard. This adds convenience, since you can browse the Sony Reader Store online and download your chosen books directly to the device.

In addition to the Sony Reader Store, public domain books offered by Google, plus digital titles sold by WH Smith and Waterstones can be bought and downloaded to the Reader device. As with previous models, you can borrow books from public libraries too. Though this sounds an odd thing to do, as well as working out cheaper, it saves your Reader’s 2GB internal memory from being clogged up with reference books you no longer need or that trashy novel that saw you through a dull train journey.

 A special edition of the Sony Reader PRS-T1 sees a tie-in with Harry Potter author JK Rowling whereby visitors to the interactive website can redeem a voucher for a free download of the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

 The 6in screen (600x800-pixel) Sony Reader PRS-T1 supports 16 levels of grey, can displaye ePub and PDF documents as well as Jpeg images and has an E-Ink Pearl v200 display. Sony says the 2GB memory is sufficient to store 1200 books of 1MB or less each. Additional books and images can be loaded up via an SD Card. Capacities of 32GB are supported.

The Sony Reader PRS-T1 is set to go onsale in the UK from October.  As well as the Amazon Kindle, it will compete directly with the newly-launched Sony Tablet S, which also comes with Sony Reader software.