Sony announced its third generation eBook Reader “PRS-700” — the first of the company's e-ink display products to include finger- and stylus touch capability. As if leafing through a book, readers can swipe their finger across the screen to turn pages, or to pull up an onscreen keyboard for annotation and search.
Still without a backlight, this reader comes equipped with its own LED reading lights that shine on the front of the screen. Unfortunately, the Reader still lacks wireless connectivity, considered the "must-have" feature of the Amazon Kindle, but content can be imported via USB or placed on Memory Stick Duo or SD removable media. Sony says the PRS-700 will be available in November for around $400.
Dutch e-reader maker iRex announced its own touchscreen e-paper readers last week (PDF available here), called the iRex 1000 series. While these devices offer touch capacity as well as wireless connectivity, they also come in at the top of the pricing scale at $650 to $750.