Sony Reader ebook store finally opens
Sony’s ebook store for its Reader device has finally opened in the UK.
The Reader Store was initially expected to arrive last October, but was pushed back without explanation to the end of the year.
Then, Sony announced the store would open this spring but didn’t reveal the date.
It’s now finally open for business, with a wide selection of books as well as a pair of newspaper subscriptions for The Daily Mail and The Guardian.
However, the store doesn’t allow users to buy books via the site and send them directly to their Reader, the way Amazon’s Kindle system works. Instead, customers must first download an application for the store to their PC, and purchase within the application, or buy books directly from the device.
Like the Kindle system, Sony also offers Android and iPhone apps, so buying a Reader isn’t necessary to access the store. Sony uses the ePub format rather than a proprietary format, so the books can also be used on any other reader that supports Adobe’s DRM.