First Sony said goodbye to the PC business earlier this year, now the company is getting out of eReaders. The company has ceased production of its PRS-T3 eReader, which will now only be available while supplies last.
Sony’s US eReader business will be transfered to Kobo. It’s a shame, since Sony was among the first to make an electronic ink eReader back in 2004. Sony eReaders were never able to make much of a dent in a market dominated by Amazon Kindle.
Dedicated eReaders have dipped in popularity even though the eBook business is booming and moving in on overtaking physical books in sales. But with the arrival of tablets and smartphones on the scene, nearly any device can be turned into an eReader by simply downloading a free app.
Barnes and Noble’s Nook, the second most popular eReader has also struggled against Amazon’s Kindle offerings, with the company deciding to spin off the hardware business, changing its mind and then changing it back again.
Those who purchased material in the Sony eBook store were able to access most of their purchases from the Kobo library. Those books that didn’t transfer could be downloaded from the Sony library until the end of April. But if they didn’t make that deadline and fetch their books from the cloud, they were out of luck. Those who had magazine subscriptions through Sony were out of luck as well. Those were not included in the transfer.
This points out one of the drawbacks of eBooks. Your books are tied to a proprietary service. If it goes away, your books could go with it.