updated 03:15 pm EST, Sun February 9, 2014
Kobo to serve as e-book option for customers
In addition to getting out of the personal computing business and spinning off their television division, Sony will start dropping out the e-book business as well. In a press release from the company, Sony will be teaming up with Kobo in the United States and Canada in late March 2014, closing its Reader Store in the process.
While the move marks another cost cutting maneuver for Sony, customers may be better served by Kobo's expanding library containing over 4 million titles and 1.5 million authors. Kobo current boasts a user base of 18 million people. Future devices from Sony will feature the Kobo app pre-installed.
Sony's current customers, along with their e-book libraries, will be migrated to Kobo in March. Customers will be given instructions on how to transfer their e-books to Kobo and will be able to purchase books for Sony's store until it closes down. All titles purchase from Sony's store may not be available on Kobo, so it is recommended that customers download their existing titles while the store is still running.
Even with the e-book marketplace shutting in North America, Australia, Europe and Japan will still be served by the Sony store for the immediate future.