Sony rolls out EPUB content, makes B&N nook transition easy and international

Sony rolls out EPUB content, makes B&N nook transition easy and international

Summary: Readers here know I have my B&N Nook (see my initial hands-on and am very happy with it for several reasons. I wrote about the ability to load up and read all of my Fictionwise, eReader, Shortcovers, and public library content. I now have great news for those Sony Reader owners who are thinking about picking up a B&N nook, but don't want to lose all of their Sony Reader content. I have over 150 books on my Sony Reader 505 and today Sony launched new PC/Mac clients (renamed the eBook Store from Sony to the Reader Store) for managing your content and converted most all of their titles to the standard EPUB format. While this is EXCELLENT for people like me who have lots of purchased Sony Reader content, another part of this story is that people in Canada, the UK, and a few other countries can simply buy books from the Sony Reader Store and transfer them quickly to your nook with your PC or Mac.

SHARE:
TOPICS: Mobility, Hardware
10

Readers here know I have my B&N Nook (see my initial hands-on and am very happy with it for several reasons. I wrote about the ability to load up and read all of my Fictionwise, eReader, Shortcovers, and public library content. I now have great news for those Sony Reader owners who are thinking about picking up a B&N nook, but don't want to lose all of their Sony Reader content. I have over 150 books on my Sony Reader 505 and today Sony launched new PC/Mac clients (renamed the eBook Store from Sony to the Reader Store) for managing your content and converted most all of their titles to the standard EPUB format. While this is EXCELLENT for people like me who have lots of purchased Sony Reader content, another part of this story is that people in Canada, the UK, and a few other countries can simply buy books from the Sony Reader Store and transfer them quickly to your nook with your PC or Mac.

I just redownloaded all of my books, fired up Adobe Digital Editions on my MacBook Pro, added my Sony Reader books to ADE and then transferred them to my nook. I cannot tell you how HAPPY this makes me since this lets me access my purchased titles and gives me yet another online venue to use for purchasing books. After transferring my purchased Sony content, I opened up a couple of books and they work perfectly on the B&N nook. The nook is turning into an even more capable device with a ton of sources of content.

I haven't purchased any books outside the US, but understand the Sony Reader store works at least in Canada and the UK. EPUB is really making some major strides in the ebook world and we now have support for this format on the B&N nook, Sony Reader, Astek EZReader Pocket PRO, and more (see the MobileRead Ebook Reader Matrix). Pretty much all ebook readers, but the Amazon Kindle are standardizing on EPUB.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Talkback

10 comments
Log in or register to join the discussion
  • RE: Sony rolls out EPUB content, makes B&N nook transition easy and international

    The author doesn't explain if it works the other way too. Can I buy something from B&N for my Sony Reader?
    ncted
    • Good point, let me try that

      I have purchased content from B&N so I will hook up my Sony Reader 505 and see if that works too. I'll post an update in the blog post with the result.
      palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
      • Waiting for you to post your results...

        I'm an owner of a B&N ebook and a Sony Pocket Reader. I'm definitely interested to see if you had success doing your transfer Matthew.
        Aragorn_z
        • Still waiting

          I am very interested in this as well.
          ncted
          • and still waiting....

            I guess I'm going to close this tab on my browser out soon as it appears that the reply back has been forgotten.
            Aragorn_z
  • No store in the UK

    Having read your post I installed the updated Reader Library software on
    my Mac and can report that there still isn't an official Sony eBook store
    here. When you go to the eBook Store section it displays the same 4
    links it always did, to the Waterstones, WH Smith and Borders eBook
    stores and to the Sony accessory store. Of course since Borders has gone
    out of business here, there are only two stores that work.
    Phil Lee
  • RE: Sony rolls out EPUB content, makes B&N nook transition easy and international

    Post-upgrade, my wishlist is now almost empty because there are about a dozen books that were in there that are no longer available on the store. Also, many books I have previously purchased are "unavailable" for download in epub format. Finally, I keep getting 404 errors (or the equivalent) when looking for other books. Not so easy after all IMHO.
    ncted
    • Old Format

      If they aren't going to carry certain books in the new format, they should at least continue to offer them in the old format.
      ncted
  • New format same high prices

    They may have a new format but they still have the old
    prices, and $12.60 for an ebook that has been out in
    paperback for years is absolutely rediculous.
    terryc@...
  • RE: Sony rolls out EPUB content, makes B&N nook transition easy and international

    How do u add sony e-reader books to ADE?
    RaeHolmes