Sony launches the Reader in Germany

<p>Sony has finally set a launch date for its e-book reader in Germany: the Sony Reader PRS-505 will be sold from 11th March in a joint partnership with wholesaler Libri and Thalia, Germany&#39;s largest book chain, the latter of which will become Sony&#39;s premium supplier to consumers. The device will sell at a recommended price of &euro;299 (about &pound;265). Pre-orders will be taken online both from Libri for its trade customers and Thalia as of now.</p><p>In contrast to the UK where Waterstone&rsquo;s had an exclusive option for two weeks, and France where Fnac sold the reader exclusively for a period of six months, the reader will be available to all German booksellers from day one, but Thalia will be Sony&rsquo;s premium bookshop partner. Thalia intends to offer the reader in all of its 230 branches; e-books will be marketed as &quot;the fifth sales channel&quot; in addition to hardbacks, paperbacks, DVD and audio books. They will be available for purchase from www.thalia.de. </p><p>Libri, which will organise and host the range of e-books for the Sony Reader said it would have &quot;thousands of titles&quot; available on launch day in the ePub format, including the latest bestsellers from Ken Follett, Christopher Paolini and Henning Mankell. The reader will come with two pre-installed novels by German novelists Daniel Glattauer and Silvia Roth and extracts from several bestsellers.<br /><br /></p>