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Sony to shutter Reader Store as ebook sales go the way of Vaio laptops

Service will shut its doors on 16 June
Thu May 08 2014, 16:41

Kobo WiFi e-readerSONY ANNOUNCED on Wednesday that it plans to shut down its ebook Reader Store, just months after it closed its loss-making Vaio PC unit.

Sony has been having a rough time of it lately. Just three months after it revealed plans to shut down its Vaio PC unit, the firm has announced that its Reader Store is going the same way, with Sony set to shut the store on 16 May in the UK, Germany, Austria and Australia

In a post on its website, Sony urged those with Sony eReader devices or Sony's Reader app installed on their smartphone or tablet to download their ebooks as soon as possible. It did not share any details as to why it plans to shut down the service, but it likely is due to poor ebook sales.

It isn't going completely, however, as Sony said that all Reader Store customers will be moved to rival service Kobo. The firm said that it will transfer purchased ebooks to the service, but warned that some titles might not be available on Kobo.

Sony said in a post on its website, "Until 16 June, you can continue to shop and make purchases at Reader Store. In late june, you will receive an email from Kobo with a personalised link that will allow you to easily transfer your library to Kobo, whether you are new to Kobo or already have an account."

It added, "We are fully committed to helping you through this exciting transition to Kobo. With the Kobo Store, you'll have access to more than 4 million of the world's best books, magazines, comics and kids' titles, all at your fingertips."

While users will be able to transfer their purchases, Sony said that additional features such as highlights and wish lists will not carry over, and said that account credits and gift cards will also be invalid after the cut-off date.

"We want to thank you for being such loyal customers, a part of our reading family, and for your continued support as we work to complete this transition. It has been a pleasure reading with you," the firm said. µ


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