Sony announced a partnership with Google on Wednesday night that will bring over half a million classic books to the Sony Reader. Users will now be able to access the free book downloads through Sony's eBook Store.
For years, Google has scanned books and converted them to a digital format -- at least in part -- for its Google Book Search project. For now, Google is providing books whose copyrights have expired to Sony, which means most of the new additions to the Sony Reader will have been published before 1923, according to The New York Times.
Sony says the library will include classics such as The Awakening, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, and Sense and Sensibility, as well as less common titles, such as the Jane Austen's Letters, and books in French, German, Italian, Spanish and other languages.
The deal brings the Sony Reader's library up to around 600,000 titles. The Amazon Kindle's library currently consists of around 250,000 titles. The financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.