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Subject: Reader Store closing and moving your library to Kobo
Date Posted: 2/6/2014 1:43 PM ET
Member Since: 9/19/2006
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Got this letter today via email.

 

Reader Store

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SONY

 

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Dear Reader Store customer:

As you know, our customers always come first, which is why we want to give you the news firsthand about an announcement made today from Sony regarding its plan to close Reader Store in the U.S. and Canada.

Although we're sorry to say goodbye to the Reader Store, we're also glad to share with you the new, exciting future for our readers: Reader Store will transfer customers to Toronto-based eReading company, Kobo—an admired eBook seller with a passionate reading community. We strongly believe that this transition will allow you to enjoy a continued high-quality e-reading experience. As a result of this change, we will close Reader Store in the U.S. and Canada on March 20, 2014 at 6 p.m. (EST).

So, what's next?

You don't have to do anything right now, and you'll be able to re-download your previously purchased eBooks for a limited time. In late March, you will receive a notification from us with a link that will allow you to transfer your library to Kobo. Whether you are new to Kobo or already have an account, you'll be able to transfer your Reader Store eBooks to your Kobo account so you'll continue to have access to them in the future. Plus, any existing Reader Store credits you might still have in your account will transfer to your Kobo account to use at the Kobo Store. And of course, you can continue to use your Sony Reader to read eBooks from Kobo.

We are fully committed to helping you through this exciting transition to Kobo. With the Kobo Store, you'll have access to more than 4 million of the world's best books, magazines, comics and kids' titles, all at your fingertips.

We want to thank you for being such loyal customers, a part of our reading family, and for your continued support as we work to complete this transition. It has been a pleasure reading with you!

Sincerely,

The Reader Store Team

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Date Posted: 2/6/2014 3:13 PM ET
Member Since: 8/18/2005
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Hopefully the transfers will go well. My Fictionwise to B&N went well, but some people had trouble.

At least trying to find a home for people's libraries is better than just walking away and shutting it down. 

Date Posted: 2/6/2014 7:37 PM ET
Member Since: 4/25/2007
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I have a Sony ereader but I never did install the Sony reader software or buy anything from the Sony store.

I'm also glad to see that they're transferring libraries.  My Fictionwise to B&N went awesome as well, everything transferred just fine.

Although, I have backups of everything on my computer and on an external harddrive.

Date Posted: 2/9/2014 4:00 PM ET
Member Since: 7/19/2008
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Dear Author has a great page of directions to download your books into Calibre.  Screen shots!  (Then backup.  There is a button to do a backup!)

Dear Author How to ePubs designed for Sony users

Date Posted: 2/11/2014 9:13 PM ET
Member Since: 10/7/2007
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I am surprised a LAWYER is giving direction on DRM removal!

Date Posted: 2/11/2014 9:39 PM ET
Member Since: 10/30/2006
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Slow down Barbara.

If I purchase a book from B&N or Amazon, that book is mine. I bought it. I am perfectly within the right of law to remove the DRM from that book. If I give that file to someone else, THEN I am in violation.

Date Posted: 2/12/2014 7:50 AM ET
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 I am perfectly within the right of law to remove the DRM from that book. If I give that file to someone else, THEN I am in violation.

This isn't really true in the US at this point. Here.

However there are other laws in some places (like the US) that create a ‘catch 22′ and make it illegal in some cases to actually try and exercise that right. For example the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) makes it illegal to circumvent any kind of DRM that is placed on any kind of media (books, music, video, etc). The reason you are trying to break the DRM doesn’t matter to that law, so even if you are not intending to pirate the stuff, it’s still a crime. So if the book is encrypted with DRM, then you can’t legally ‘break’ the DRM in order to convert the book to another format, even though other law says you have the right to do that conversion.

Which is why there are forums where the removal can't be discussed, for legal reasons. 

A test case might sort it out, but who wants to be the test case? 

Date Posted: 2/13/2014 12:13 AM ET
Member Since: 7/19/2008
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Calibre is very careful to not have the plug ins on their site.  They will state it can be done.  

This gets complicated as eBooks can be considered to be legally a lease rather than a purchase.  Argh.  

Date Posted: 2/13/2014 8:46 AM ET
Member Since: 10/30/2006
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I am a firm believer that karma will win, no matter what. Case in point: a couple of years ago, I found a grey site that had free ebooks available for download of books I questioned the legality of but found a way to justify myself. I was up one night until about midnight downloading a few. Woke up the next morning and backed right into my neighbor's car parked on the street. The new insurance rate cost me a hell of a lot more than the books would have. Lesson learned. However, I have never had a karma issue with purchasing (or by on the receiving end of a lendme) and taking the DRM off the book. I also have never tried to do anything else with my DRM-less file than for my own use. That came in real handy when I dropped the ereader  and had to start from scratch. My books were all in either Calibre or the B&N website and I was good to go.

Date Posted: 2/13/2014 9:09 AM ET
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I am a firm believer that karma will win, no matter what.

Sorry, but I don't believe in Karma. The Good Guys lose, the Bad Guys win, Wonderful People have horrible things happen to them all the time. No Karma involved, just life, luck, and sometimes being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

I don't personally have any problems with the removal of DRM issue, but you have to be very careful about letting other people believe it's legal and so okay and nothing will happen. Because sometimes it does.

Date Posted: 2/16/2014 12:29 PM ET
Member Since: 10/7/2007
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DRM removal IS Illegal in the US.   However without being able to remove it I would Never buy eBooks!    Case in point Sony closing its Reader Stores in the US  I would be losing 20 Purchased ebooks.  Not to mention the Freebies I got off the site.  To many of these stores open then decide they not doing enough business then closing taking people ebooks!  Then claiming your only Leasing them!  BULL!   Then the Laws Don't jump in to Protect the Consumers!  IF I wanted to Borrow a book to read I just go to the Library & do it!  To me DRM on eBooks ONLY protects the Stores...after XXX amount of sales they just Close their doors taking Our Money & eBooks with them!  Until the Law protects the Buyers & Stops the stores from doing this I guess I be removing DRM!    

Date Posted: 2/20/2014 10:49 AM ET
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For more information about the Sony to Kobo Transfer, the FAQ fro Sony is Here.

 

Date Posted: 2/20/2014 7:16 PM ET
Member Since: 7/31/2006
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I had an email from Sony today basically saying I could get my books from kobo and they'd email later how to do it.