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Sony Reader: A Vast Collection to Choose From

Sony has taken a decidedly different approach to that adopted by Amazon. For some time, Sony's ebook devices have been compatible with Adobe's popular ebook reader platform, "Digital Editions". This means that most of the ebooks for sale on eBooks.com can be read on the new Sony Reader.

Model PRS-505

In order to read eBooks.com titles on your Sony Reader PRS-505, you will need to purchase books in ePub or PDF formats.

Sony has released a firmware update that allows DRM protected ebooks, such as those sold by eBooks.com, to be read on the Sony PRS-505 via Adobe Digital Editions. In order to use this feature please follow these instructions:

  1. Go to Sony and download and install the software upgrade for your Reader.

    After selecting your operating system, you'll see two download links:

    1. Connect Reader/ebook Library
    2. Firmware

    You will need to download both in order to successfully access your books on the Sony Reader.

  2. Go to Adobe and download, install and authorize Adobe Digital Editions 1.5 if it is not already on your system. For instructions on downloading Adobe Digital Editions click here. The software is available from http://www.adobe.com/products/digitaleditions/.
  3. You can then use Adobe DE or updated Sony ebook Library software to transfer files to the PRS-505 via USB.

You can find more detailed instructions on this process here.

For more information on the Sony PRS-505 Reader, please go here.

Sony Reader Model PRS-700

As with the Sony Reader PRS-505, it is possible to read books purchased in unprotected ePub or PDF formats.

Unlike the Sony Reader PRS-505, the PRS-700 comes with the appropriate firmware pre-installed.

You will still need to download the 'Connect Reader/ebook Library' firmware update from the Sony eSupport website:

Go to Sony and download and install the software upgrade for your Reader.

After selecting your operating system, you'll see two download links:

  1. Connect Reader/ebook Library
  2. Firmware

You will need to download Connect Reader / Ebook Library in order to successfully access your books on the Sony Reader.

For more information on the Sony PRS-700 Reader, please go here.

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