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Sony Reader ebook store finally opens

Sony Reader

By Nicole Kobie

Posted on 16 Apr 2012 at 09:40

Sony's ebook store for its Reader device has finally opened in the UK.

The Reader Store was initially expected to arrive last October, but was pushed back without explanation to the end of the year.

Then, Sony announced the store would open this spring but didn't reveal the date.

It's now finally open for business, with a wide selection of books as well as a pair of newspaper subscriptions for The Daily Mail and The Guardian.

However, the store doesn't allow users to buy books via the site and send them directly to their Reader, the way Amazon's Kindle system works. Instead, customers must first download an application for the store to their PC, and purchase within the application, or buy books directly from the device.

Like the Kindle system, Sony also offers Android and iPhone apps, so buying a Reader isn't necessary to access the store. Sony uses the ePub format rather than a proprietary format, so the books can also be used on any other reader that supports Adobe's DRM.

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User comments

Finally finally is justified!

First time the use of the word "finally" by a journalist was ever justified!

I'll be interested in a price comparison, but a quick check of "The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo" benchmark was not encouraging: The full-price paperback on my bookshelf: £7.99; the Reader Store ebook: £7.14; the Kindle Edition: £2.70!

By JohnAHind on 16 Apr 2012

And on Apple ...

£6.49

So much for price fixing!

By JohnAHind on 16 Apr 2012

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