Options for ebook readers are pretty thin on the ground in Australia, but one intriguing option will be making its appearance in the near future: software for Sony’s PSP handheld games console that turns it into a dedicated reader for comic books.
Nick at Gizmodo checked out the Comic Reader yesterday, and he’s pretty taken with it, especially the intelligent way it handles the varying layout of most typical comics:
To read through, you just keep tapping the right directional button, and the software automatically zooms and pans. On large images with quite a bit of text, it will pan across to the text as you go along, letting you read everything in order. If you want to get a closer look at an image, you just push the right shoulder button to zoom in (left button zooms out) and the analogue stick to move around. The up and down d-pad buttons turn the pages forward and backwards without zooming in using Autoflow.
While Sony hasn’t set a release date yet, it has said the service will come out in Australia before the end of the year, which is a step up on its own dedicated ebook gadget, the Reader.
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