Sony’s Reader and Sony’s Xperia tablet and smartphone users in the U.S. and Canada can access Kobo’s 4 million eBooks, magazines and newspapers, graphic novels, and kids content.
Sony’s Reader Store customers and their current eBook libraries will transfer to the Kobo ecosystem starting in late March. Reader Store customers can benefit from Kobo’s new Kids Store and magazine experience, and have full access to purchase bestsellers.
Ken Orii, vice president of Digital Reading Business Division, Sony Electronics, said: “Our customers can be assured that they will have a seamless transition to the Kobo ecosystem and will be able to continue to access and read the titles they love from Sony devices.”
The free Kobo App for Android will be pre-loaded on select Sony Xperia smartphones and tablets. Timing and availability may vary by market and carrier.
Sony’s WiFi Reader will also harness the wide variety of content available via the Kobo eBookstore.
Sony’s current Reader Store customers in the US and Canada will have access to the Kobo eBookstore starting in late March via a simple and easy migration process, and Sony’s Reader Store will close in late March.
Reader Store customers will receive an email from Sony with instructions on how to transfer their library to a Kobo account. Until that time, Sony’s customers can continue to purchase eBooks from Sony’s Reader Store.
Kobo serves 18 million readers around the world and works with 1.3 million authors to deliver more than 4 million eBooks, magazines, and newspapers.