Sony’s ebook readers flip to Kobo store
Sony will shut its own ebook store next month, flipping users to the Kobo store.
That means anyone using a Sony Reader or the app on the Sony Xperia line of tablets in the UK will no longer have a dedicated ebook store, and instead be pointed to Kobo’s shopfront.
The move affects British users, as well as those in Germany, Austria and Australia, and follows a similar transfer to Kobo for North American Sony customers earlier this year.
Sony customers will be able to transfer most of their existing books to a Kobo account – but any titles not in Kobo’s systems won’t move automatically.
“We suggest that you download your ebooks from Reader Store prior to 16 June 2014,” Sony said in an FAQ. “In some cases, the ebook you have previously purchased may not be available at Kobo and will not be included in the transfer.”
Notes and highlights made in Sony’s system also won’t make the move.
According to the US FAQs about the switch, the free 3G connection that let the Sony PRS-900 and PRS-950 models access the Sony Reader Store will be discontinued and will not be transferred to the Kobo store.
The Kobo app will also be pre-loaded on selected Sony smartphones and tablets, although anyone can download it for free on Android anyway.