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Reader device provides ebooks using ZIP Code software

The new Sony Reader Daily Edition uses zip code software to identify nearby libraries and allow users to download ebooks from the library's website.

Designed to give customers the opportunity to read books by way of a digital device, the new Reader offers a seven-inch screen and 3G data connectivity, alongside the ebook borrowing feature.

Once a customer has identified a local library using their address data and ZIP Code, they are free to download the ebook from the website and the file simply expires when the borrowing time is up.

Steve Haber, Sony's digital reading business vice-president, said: "We firmly believe consumers should have choice in every aspect of their digital reading experience. Today, we take another large stride to deliver on that promise."

The new feature will be available to users through a special library finder page on the device, while 3G connectivity will be activated whenever the user is within range of an AT&T 3G signal.

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