Sony abandons North American eBook stores – You have have heard by now (perhaps by email, if you are a Sony Reader Store customer), that Sony is closing down its US and Canadian Reader Stores. However, in other parts of the world, Sony is still in operation, with no immediate plans to shut down. It will be interesting to see if this is the beginning of the end for the Sony ebook market, or if they can remain globally viable by cutting their US and Canadian losses.
Sony faces stiff competition from the likes of Kobo and Amazon’s Kindle in Australia, not to mention Google and Apple. In the US it also has to fend off giants like Barnes & Noble. It’s a tough market and it remains to be seen if the Sony Reader and its store can fare better here than in North America. –The Sydney Morning Herald
Sony customers shift to Kobo platform – Although Sony is closing its US and Canadian Reader Stores, it has made a deal with Kobo to shift readers to that platform by the end of March. Apparently there is no indicating that the same thing will happen elsewhere (Lisa Campbell asked specifically about Sony UK and was not given a definitive answer). Those customers affected by the change will have to transfer their Sony libraries to Kobo, which the company claims will be “simple and easy.”
As I’m posting these links today, I can’t help but think about the research on whether those who purchase digital books are loyal to specific vendors and formats. With Adobe’s new DRM plans, and the closure of Sony Reader stores in the US and Canada, I’m not sure how readers of epub books could do anything but break DRM in order to survive the next year of the Sony-Kobo-Abode ménage à trios. Which makes the new Adobe DRM issue even more ironic.
The companies revealed today (6th February) they had struck a deal for Kobo to provide e-books to Sony e-reader and tablet customers. From now on, an app will come pre-loaded on select Sony tablets in the two countries. Sony said that its Reader Store customers and their current e-book libraries will transfer to the Kobo ecosystem starting in late March. –The Bookseller
Serbinis Steps Down as Kobo CEO, Replaced by Longtime Rakuten Exec Takahito Aiki – Serbini is one of Kobo’s original leaders, and he has helped guide and grow the company to more than 180 million users, with a library of more than 4 million titles. Kobo was sold to Japanese retail company Rakuten in 2011, so the leadership transition is not necessarily a surprise. Still, it’s clear that a lot is happening in the Kobo universe, and it’s going to be interesting to see how they manage it all. –The Digital Reader
This could be a good model for Nook, which many in the publishing industry expect to be shuttered or sold before the end of 2014. Nook is Barnes & Noble’s device and ebook business and it has been faltering badly for nearly two years. While it still brings in over $100 million in revenue every quarter, it loses much more than that and revenues have been shrinking rather than growing.–Forbes
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