Sony is closing its Reader Store in Europe and Australia by June 16. Customers will be transferred to Kobo.
We’re well and truly into the consolidation phase of the ebook retail market, with Sony announcing its plans to close its Reader Store in Europe and Australia. Customers should expect an email sometime in June with instructions on what they need to do. However, this part of Sony’s statement should concern readers:
In some cases, your eBooks purchased from Reader Store may not be available from Kobo. While a vast majority of your library will be available from the more than 4 million titles available at Kobo, we recommend that you download all of your eBooks to ensure that should one of your titles be unavailable, you can continue to read this eBook in the future.
If you don’t have a local backup of your Reader library, now is probably a good time to make one. I’d recommend looking into using Calibre to manage your ebook library. You can use it across platforms and formats, and with a little bit of googling, you can find tools to make files more portable across devices (which is to say, remove DRM).
While this is sad for Sony customers and device owners, I have to say that I’ve never found the Reader Store easy enough or convenient enough to purchase from. I did love Sony’s devices, though, and wish they had been able to put up a stronger fight against the Kindle. In the end, I think they were done in by the lack of wireless integration and lack of marketing support.