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updated 10:50 am EST, Tue December 8, 2009

Sony relaunching e-book store, adding EPUB, more

Sony has let its customers know via an e-mail and online announcement that it will make significant changes to its online bookstore. As of December 11th, the Sony Ebook Store will be renamed the Reader Store and have a new website, Newly offered will be e-books only in the open EPUB format, replacing the company's proprietary LRX files. At the same time, new Sony Library software v3.1 will be released, which will bring with it support for Windows 7 and Mac OS X 10.6.

Users will need to upgrade their existing readers, including the PRS-500, with the EPUB firmware in order to take advantage of the new firmware. The new store will have smaller, unspecified enhancements and performance improvements, with support for the upcoming Reader Daily Edition as one of them.

Because of the changeover, the Sony e-book store will be down for an unspecified period of time starting on December 10th at 2PM Pacific. [via MobileRead]

by MacNN Staff



  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969


    My Question

    Will the new library software allow users to edit file data of their of PDFs? We're talking at least non-DRM'ed files.

    The lack of editing ability for author, title, series, release date, edition, etc. data is the one thing keeping me on the open source Calibre, despite issues with outputting chinese characters (instead of the inputed english characters) to my PRS505.

  1. Mimi-mim

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Better late than never

    This will be great for Reader owners. I had a Reader 505, and in time-honoured Sony tradition, the human interface was abominable. I mean truly awful. At least with ePub format support, your documents should display correctly when you change the font size, unlike Sony's own format.

    At least, that's the theory behind ePub.

    It would not be a big surprise if Sony's implementation of ePub format did not reformat text correctly when the font size changes. )-:

    I love Sony products. I think I just enjoy feeling disappointed because I keep buying any old bit of shiny black plastic that Sony waves under my nose.

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Fierce competition

    Sony now has serious competition from Kindle and Nook.

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