Sony has announced that its eBook store now offers owners of the PRS-505 or PRS-700 eBook readers free access to over 500,000 public domain books and novels from Google. A button on the front page of the eBook store lets users access the free books from Google.
To access the free content users will need an account at the Sony store and the eBook Library software will need to be downloaded. Among the titles available for free are "The Awakening," "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court," and "Black Beauty."
Titles from Jane Austen and foreign language titles are offered for free as well. The database is searchable by title, subject, and author. "We have focused our efforts on offering an open platform and making it easy to find as much content as possible - from our store or others - whether that content is purchased, borrowed or free," said Steve Haber, president of the Digital Reading Business Division at Sony Electronics. "Working with Google, we can offer book lovers another avenue for free books while still providing a seamless experience from our store."