Over the past months we have been working to bring you an improved shopping experience, so you can now enjoy:
- Greater selection of e-books: bring your passion for books to the next level with over 200 thousand more titles to choose from including more bestsellers and new releases
- International catalogue: read in 8 languages, including Spanish, French, Italian and more
- Easy search: finding your favourites books is now easier with our improved search functionality and an enhanced Reader device experience
- Easy shopping: buy directly from the webstore or your Reader device
- Extended Customer Service: you can now reach our Customer service representatives anytime from 9PM Sunday to 9PM Friday
Unfortunately there is at least one way that Sony isn't improving the shopping experience: prices. Early reports indicate that the prices in Sony's ebookstore are far higher than the UK prices for the Kindle and Kobo ebookstores, with some ebooks like James Patterson's 12th of Never costing twice as much.
Sony has also ended the 20p ebook promotion. Naturally Sony didn't call out this detail in their email, but a quick check of the ebookstore shows that all of the ebooks that had been offered for 20p now showed higher prices.
The 20p promotion, one of Sony's many inexplicable activities over the past year, was originally launched in July 2012 and soon matched by Amazon in the UK Kindle Store. Over the past 8 months Sony discounted dozens of titles, including Life of Pi, The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, and Thursdays in the Park.