Last week I heard the news that Sony quits selling e-readers. I have been using a Sony reader for more than 6 years now. I have also used Nook for 2 years and tried Kindle. Sony’s is not the best design, and it does not have some juicy accessories but none other brands can challenge it. I suspect because Sony was not invested in e-book industry like Amazon and Barnes and Nobles were and thus let all e-book files could easily be read without relying on Calibre software to convert. I could highlight my notes in any file types. Nook let me read in some other file types but only at epub files I could highlight. After 2 years of usage, Nook began to freeze frequently and I have decided to return my old friend Sony reader. Why I left Sony for Nook? Because of the Sony Reader Software. When upgraded, it duplicated my books, messed up my notes. Now I am back to Sony Reader without using its Software and I back to my usual reading mode. But for my most important issue is that I can read any types of files I like and take notes immediately. So it is a pity that it is the end of Sony Readers. But understandable, too. Without forming a broader eco-system, it is hard to survive in the ebook industry….
Sony has announced it’s to give up selling e-readers due to failing to compete within a crowded market. This follows the company’s decision earlier this year to stop selling e-books to customers, directing them to competing service Kobo.