All three offer access to e-books, newspapers and e-periodicals. Sony offers books through its e-bookstore, Google's digitized Google Books Library of public domain works and also will provide free library book checkout through a new service called OverDrive.
Amazon has the Kindle Store, which to Amazon is the only e-bookstore game in town and offers 300,000-or-so titles. But Plastic Logic has a big gun in its corner: Barnes & Noble's just-launched e-bookstore and the 700,000-plus e-books it boasts. If Plastic Logic can gain any traction and push its device (pictured) into consumers' hands, it has one of the most well-known names in book retailing to help its bounce.
Advantage: Plastic Logic