Sony Drops the Price of the DPT-S1 Writing Slate to $599

When Sony announce its 13.3″ writing slate several years ago, it cost a princely $1,100.

Now the price has dropped to about half that. Sony is now selling the DPT-S1 Digital Paper through Amazon and B&H Photo for the low, low price of $599.


Far from being your average ereader, the DPT-S1 has a laptop-sized screen, two touchscreens (capacitive and stylus), Wifi, a microSD card slot, and 4GB of storage.

It only supports PDF, which based on my experience with a competing device is not such a bad idea. The 13.3″ screen is so large that this makes for a great document viewer or a display for blueprints, but not such a great ereader.

There’s no word on why Sony keeps cutting the price, but I for one am hoping that they are clearing the stock so that they can launch a second model.

But Sony hasn’t shown any real interest in new ereader hardware for the past several years, so that is unlikely.

If you’re looking for a recommendation, I would get the current model while the price is low rather than wait for a possible replacement which may not arrive at all  (and will almost certainly cost more than $600 if it does).

If you need a document viewer, the current value can’t be beat. I’m almost tempted to get one (and if the price drops again, I will).

image via Notebook Italia

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. vicente16 August, 2016

    They have increased the price again. How is it?
    I don’t understand such movements…

    1. Nate Hoffelder16 August, 2016

      I think it might possibly be discontinued. The Amazon listing only shows used units.

  2. vicente16 August, 2016

    But B&H shows availability in september,

    1. Nate Hoffelder16 August, 2016

      That would suggest I am wrong – unless B&H listed the stock date in error.

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