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Thursday News: Sony Reader Store closes today in US & Canada, new Sony reader for sale, author Kevin Trudeau sentenced for fraud, and the genius of goggly eye books

Thursday News: Sony Reader Store closes today in US & Canada,...

The Future of Reader Store in the US & Canada – Just a reminder that for US and Canadian customers, the Sony Reader Store closes permanently today, March 20, at 6 pm EST. If you have a Reader Store account, it will automatically transferred to Kobo, unless you choose to opt out, which you are supposed to be able to do from your existing Sony account. Read the blog post in its entirety for more details, and pertinent links.

Customers don’t have to do anything right now, and will be able to re-download your previously purchased eBooks for a limited time. In late March, we will send an email to registered customers with a link that will allow customers to transfer existing libraries to Kobo. Whether new to Kobo or with an existing account an account, customers will 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 in accounts will transfer to a Kobo account to use at the Kobo Store. And of course, customers can continue to use their Sony Reader to read eBooks from Kobo. –Sony Reader Store Blog

Sony Reader PRS-T3 Arrives in the US Days Before Sony Shuts Down the Reader Store – Speaking of Sony, the PRT-T3, Sony’s new e-reading device, has finally become available in the US market (although not sold directly by Sony), just as the Reader Store closes its figurative doors. Should you invest in this new device? A commenter makes an interesting point regarding Sony’s strong compatibility with Calibre, but Nate Hoffelder does not recommend it:

While the PRS-T3 will continue to function after Sony turns off their ebook store, there is little to recommend this device over other models on the market. It’s rather expensive when compared to its competition (Kindle Paperwhite and the Kobo Aura), and aside from some software features there is little to recommend it.

In fact, I can offer at least one point against. The PRS-T3 is using a Pearl E-ink screen, and it has a touchscreen but no frontlight. That makes it a rare beast among ebook readers, and while I don’t care to use a frontlight I would want one just in case. –The Digital Reader

U.S. TV pitchman Trudeau sentenced to 10 years in prison – This is a somewhat odd story, but its also a compelling example of why the Federal Trade Commission is paying attention to books. Kevin Trudeau had settled with the FTC back in 2004, based on accusations that he was “misrepresenting the contents of his books in advertisements.” Trudeau, who was quite famous for his infomercials (he wrote a moderately famous book on so-called “natural cures,” as well). I don’t know if all of his books were self-published, but some certainly were. A jury convicted Trudeau of fraud in November, stemming from an alleged violation of his settlement via the infomercials for his book on weight loss, and this week he was sentenced to ten years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release.

Trudeau told viewers in the infomercials that the “cure” to obesity was not a diet and did not require exercise, but the book instructed readers to walk an hour each day and to limit intake to 500 calories.

Prosecutors, who said Trudeau’s actions resulted in over $37 million in losses to consumers, had sought at least a 10-year sentence, saying in court papers he was motivated by simple greed and had bilked consumers and defied court orders. –Reuters

Googly Eye Books – All I can say is that if all books were sold with goggly eyes, I’d probably be willing to purchase virtually any title. Sheer genius. –Googly Eye Books Tumblr

Friday News: A Tale of Sony and Kobo

Friday News: A Tale of Sony and Kobo

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

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

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