Sony is shutting down its US and Canadian ebook business, transferring customers to rival Kobo. Customers outside of North America are unaffected by the move.
In a statement the two companies said Sony’s Reader Store customers and their current eBook libraries will transfer to the Kobo ecosystem starting in late March.
Customers will receive an email from Sony with instructions on how to easily transfer their library to a Kobo account. Until that time, Sony’s customers can continue to purchase eBooks from Sony’s Reader Store.
Once the migration process is completed Sony’s Reader Store will close in late March.
The deal will also see Kobo’s reading and bookstore app be pre-loaded on selected Sony Xperia smartphones and tablets.
“Kobo is the ideal solution for our customers and will deliver a robust and comprehensive user experience. Like Sony, they are committed to those most passionate about reading and share our vision to use open formats so people can easily read anytime and anywhere,” said Ken Orii, Vice President of Digital Reading Business Division, Sony Electronics.
“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.”
“With a shared philosophy to deliver the best reading experience across platforms and with the best content available, Kobo and Sony will reach more people than ever before,” said Takahito Aiki, CEO, Kobo. “Together, millions of customers across the US and Canada will find their next great read at their fingertips – any time, any place, and on any device.”