JAPANESE ELECTRONICS GIANT Sony has announced the launch of its Reader Store UK, an online ebook library, six years after its US debut.
In a bid to compete against Amazon's similar Kindle offering, Sony's store offers a range of downloadable titles including classics, bestsellers and international publications. Newspapers including The Daily Mail, The Guardian and The Observer are also available to download from the online portal, with the options buy individual copies or sign-up for monthly subscriptions.
Sony's Reader Store is accessible via a number of different devices, including PC or Mac, Android tablet and, of course, Sony's dedicated ereader devices.
"Offering a simple, dedicated eBook shopping experience, Reader Store also gives the publishing industry an exciting newchannel to offer eBook titles to a wider audience," said Sony in a press release.
"The store's clear, uncluttered design enables book lovers to search effortlessly for their favourite titles. Stuck for ideas for your next holiday read? There's further inspiration provided via the 'Featured Titles' and 'New Arrivals' categories."
Sony's announcement comes despite reports that demand for ereader devices is starting to decline. Pacific Crest analyst Chad Bartley has forecast that Amazon is likely to shift 12.3 million in 2011, despite earlier predictions that the firm would sell 24 million devices. µ
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