Sony is closing the Reader Store, content to be available via Kobo

Sony is closing the Reader Store, content to be available via Kobo

Summary: The glory days of ebook readers is gone and another sign of their fall is the closing of the Sony Reader store in March 2014. Consumers will have their purchased content available on Kobo so hopefully they stick around for a while after Sony.

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Sony is closing the Reader Store, content to be available via Kobo

My very first dedicated ebook reader was the Sony Reader PRS-505 in purple that I still have in my collection because the hardware is still fantastic. Sony's Readers were always the most expensive, but they also were quite innovative and always had premium hardware. Thus, it's a bit sad to write that their Reader Store is closing on 20 March 2014.

I purchased several ebook readers over the years, I still use a Kindle Paperwhite for long periods of reading, but spend most of my time reading on an iPad today. The dedicated ebook reader market has slowed down quite a bit from the days when Sony, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Amazon battled for consumers. The leader is clearly the Amazon Kindle brand and it is tough for me to recommend any other today because of risks such as we see here with Sony closing down the store.

The good thing is that Sony is not leaving you hanging and will be transitioning content to Kobo. For the next month you can re-download your Reader content and save it for readering. In late March they will send customers an email with a link to transfer their existing Sony library to Kobo. There may be a few titles that are not in the Kobo store so your safest bet is download all of your library titles and back them up for future use.

Sony put together a helpful FAQ page that should answer all of your questions about this transition. I have books at both Sony and Kobo and am actually looking forward to having one centralized library for all of this content. I imagine the Sony Reader iOS app will also be removed when there is no longer a Sony Reader Store to access.

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  • Sony is currently doing good in selling insurance and loans

    not technology.
    Ram U
  • I have the Kobo Glo.

    Thanks for the info!! You just can't beat reading on a dedicated ebook reader.
    Arm A. Geddon
  • "I have books at both Sony and Kobo"

    I always find Matthew's blogs interesting, even if I don't always agree with what he says. But to say he has books at both Sony and Kobo reminds me of the old saying, "there's one born every minute"! (Unless of course, they were free content.)
  • I already have a Kobo books on my Sony

    I like my Sony and I just got my daughter a nice red Sony Reader for Christmas. It is sad that the store is closing but the thing is, the prices were too high and so I bought more of my books from Kobo and Google anyway. Sony is probably the best if you don't want to be tied to one store. Sadly, Amazon forced the market into selling devices as loss leaders for selling books, so a great device that allowed you to buy from multiple stores didn't work out as well.

    At any rate, I will keep using my Sony and will just transition to Kobo no big deal.