This is a nice move from Sony. Something they make that isn't solely operable with their own proprietary formats a la Betamax or Minidisc. Even though encouraged to purchase from Sony's store, it sounds as if you can load any sort of printmedia you desire. Though some recently published books are still too expensive, Project Gutenberg opens up a whole world of classical literature. I can't really justify the pricetag, but as soon as it drops into a reasonable range....maybe.