Can Sony Digital Paper Replace Paper for Business Users?

You may have seen the commercials where a Kindle user is happily reading from her device by the pool while another tablet user is unhappily squinting at her own device. Sony is working to solve that viewing problem -- and a few others -- for industrial tablet users with its just-released Digital Paper e-ink tablet. Aimed at business pros, the new device is expected to hit store shelves in May, with a hefty $1,100 price tag.

Sony is pressing a number of productivity buttons with Digital Paper, promising that professionals who are overwhelmed with paper can now read, annotate and share documents electronically with its new tablet. With a 13.3-inch display, Digital Paper offers full-screen views of letter-size documents in the PDF format, a convenience for power users who hate zooming and scrolling to read entire pages.

Bob Nell, director of Digital Paper Solutions for Sony Electronics, called the new mobile device a replacement for the mountains of paper that clutter offices everywhere. Nell said itEUs EUoptimized for reading and annotating contracts, white papers, scholarly articles and legislation.EU HeEUs convinced that the notepad feature will have universal appeal and make document management more mobile.

Targeting Attorneys

Unlike a traditional tablet, Digital Paper offers an experience thatEUs much closer visually to traditional printed documents or full-size notepads. But like a traditional tablet, the device offers a touch panel that lets users maneuver a menu. And like a Kindle, it lets readers turn pages by touching the screen.

Sony is also pushing green and cost-saving benefits of Digital Paper. For example, the company says its device will reduce or eliminate printing, copying, sharing, transporting and discarding corporate documentation, teaching materials, and reports. That could be a significant benefit, given an InfoTends report that cites local, state and federal offices used a yearly volume of 122...

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