Sony Turns PSP Into E-Book Readers

Apart from unveiling the new PS3 Slim, Sony has also announced a new digital e-book service that will allow users of the Playstation Portable gaming console to download and read comics.

The new offer will start from December and will provide content from Marvel Entertainment which includes amongst others, comics like Spider-Man, X-Men and the Fantastic Four.

The paid-for service will be launched across the US and the United Kingdom but price and exact launch dates have yet to be confirmed.

Customers will be able to read comics either page by page or frame by frame. Sony's Eric Lempel, Director of PlayStation Network Operations, told Destructoid that, this is a comics service only for the time being.

He did confirm however, that it is possible to do more things with the PSP applications and that would include having e-books or interactive books.

Marvel has yet to say how many comics will be offered but, Marvel's V.P. of Digital Global Marketing Ira Rubenstein said at GamesCom that there would be "hundreds" of Marvel comics.

IDW Publishing which publishes the likes of Star Trek, GI Joe and Transformers has also said that it will be a content partner for Sony's digital PSP platform.

Our Comments

Sony is already preparing a digital onslaught in the e-book market and has already signalled its intention by giving up its own proprietary ebook format for the EPUB one. It also launched two cheap electronic book readers as well.

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