Sony Issues Penultimate Update for Sony Readers

Sonysony kobo logo has released what will very likely be the second to last firmware updates for the Sony Readers. As part of Sony's plans to shut down the NA branch of the Sony Reader Store and transfer customers to Kobo, they issued an update which replaces the ebook store integrated in the Sony Reader PRS-T1, T2, and T3.

This update, which is dated last week, doesn't actually let owners buy ebooks from Kobo but it does remove a few features. The link to the now disabled Sony Reader Store is gone, and so are the sharing options and the option for syncing bookmarks and annotations.

Sony T2 readerUnfortunately this update does not add any way to buy ebooks from Kobo, nor does it enable you to sync your existing Kobo ebook purchases. According to Sony's emails, those features will be coming in a later update which is expected to be released in late May 2014.

Just to be clear, this update is only intended for the North American market. Sony is still operating the Sony Reader Store in the rest of the world, and unless you want to be cut off you should not install this update.

Now, if you like the idea of tying your Sony Reader to Kobo, then perhaps you should consider the update. But even then I would suggest that you wait for the later update before installing anything.


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3 Comments on Sony Issues Penultimate Update for Sony Readers

  1. I haven’t received my e-mail yet to transfer from Reader Store to Kobo.

  2. I have not yet received an e-mail instructing how to transfer to Kobo!

  3. North American market: If you have a Sony Reader device but do NOT have a Reader Store account, you can’t download the update directly. All roads lead to the Reader Store, and if you don’t have an account, it’s a dead end. Solution: install Reader for Mac or PC on your computer; update it on the computer; then plug the device into the computer in Data Transfer Mode, and install the update. This at least removes the barrier that is the Reader Store. Pass the word — all the online instructions and comments I’ve seen are also aimed at those who already had a Reader Store account.

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