updated 09:10 am EDT, Fri May 9, 2014
Only three models of Sony e-book readers will migrate to Kobo
Earlier this year, Sony announced that its Reader e-book store would be supplanted by the Kobo eBookStore. The company has now declared that the process begins today. Users of Sony's tablets and smartphones have been instructed to acquire the Kobo app from Google Play. Readers with a small selection of dedicated e-reader devices, limited to the PRS-T1, T2, and T3, will receive an email in June with instructions on how to transfer library files to a Kobo account.
Sony's customers may be better served by Kobo's library, containing over four million titles and 1.5 million authors. Kobo's current user base is thought to be around 18 million customers. Future devices from Sony will feature the Kobo app pre-installed.
Sony's decision to shutter its own e-book store was greeted by disdain by users, forcing many of the company's older devices into obsolescence. Users of older devices have been instructed to download purchased titles from the Sony Reader e-book store before it closes down, as they will not be upgraded to the Kobo store. Older versions of Sony's devices will still be able to use non-DRM protected media, even after the closure of the Sony store.
Sony also revealed today that customers in the UK, Germany, and Austria will migrate starting in June.