December 18, 2009, 12:00 AM

News Corp. offers exclusive content on Sony e-reader

Sony Corp. has announced a partnership with News Corp. to offer exclusive e-book content from the Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch.com and the New York Post through its newly branded digital content shop, the Reader Store.

Zak Stambor

Managing Editor

Sony Corp. has announced a partnership with News Corp. to offer exclusive e-book content from the Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch.com and the New York Post through its newly branded digital content shop, the Reader Store.

The Wall Street Journal plans to offer two versions of its content for the Sony Reader. A $19.99 per month version, which is exclusive to Sony’s electronic book reader, will include both the paper’s morning edition and the new The Wall Street Journal Plus, “a comprehensive update of the day’s world and business events after the close of the markets,” the company says. News Corp. is also offering a basic version, which will only deliver the paper’s morning edition to the device for $14.99 per month-the same amount as on Amazon.com Inc.’s Kindle Store.

The reader will be the exclusive electronic book reader to carry a selection of stories and analysis from MarketWatch Today, part of the Wall Street Journal Digital Network. That subscription will cost $10.99 per month.

Sony’s new Reader Daily Edition will also be the exclusive electronic book reader to carry the New York Post’s digital edition, which will cost $9.99 a month. The Reader Daily Edition, which retails for $399.99 and begins shipping today, is Sony’s first electronic book reader capable of wirelessly downloading content.

News Corp. and Sony officials won`t say how they plan to share revenue from the subscriptions.

Sony also announced agreements for its Reader Store to offer subscriptions to more than a dozen other magazines and newspapers, including Barron`s, the International Herald Tribune, The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor and New York Review of Books.

"Sony is committed to building a digital reading ecosystem that offers consumers access to the most digital content possible,” says Steve Haber, president of Sony Electronics` digital reading division.

The new subscription deals on the Sony reader will be available in the next few weeks in the Reader Store.

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