NY Times article this morning reports that by the end of the year, Sony will drop its proprietary software for the Sony Readers and move to the much more consumer-friendly ePub format, the standard to which all publishers are pushing ebooks.  This would allow Sony Reader owners to buy titles from any etailer that sells ePub, giving them greater flexibility in cost comparison.

The article also states that later this year Sony will introduce a new Reader that will be able to wirelessly down books in the same fashion as Amazon’s Kindle.