Kobo Store Access Now Available From Sony Reader Devices (Updated)
When Sony announced that they would be closing their ebook store in North America, they decided that it would be best to send all their customer accounts to Kobo. One of the assurances they made was that the last three generations of Sony Readers, the PRS-T1, T2, and T3, would get access to the Kobo ebookstore through a firmware update.
The firmware update was issued two months ago. The transition to Kobo’s store on Sony devices was supposed to take place in May, but that didn’t happen. Earlier this week I checked from my PRS-T2 and it still couldn’t access the Kobo ebookstore. But today, as I was getting ready to write a post complaining about Kobo missing the deadline, I found that the Kobo ebookstore does in fact work from Sony devices now.
The store loads from the Sony PRS-T2 okay. The layout is a bit confusing trying to find things, but it works.
The problem is there’s no way to access your purchased ebooks. I was hoping that my Kobo ebooks would show up in the library on the device, but that didn’t happened. So I thought there would be a way to download them from the onboard ebook store. But there’s not. You can’t even view a list of your purchased ebooks. If you search for one that you own, the description page will say the ebook is in your library, but there is no way to go to it to download it to the device. As far as I can tell, there is no way to get your purchased Kobo ebooks onto a Sony Reader aside from downloading them with a computer and sideloading with a USB cable.
Update: After some further testing and trial and error, I finally discovered how to get Kobo ebooks to show up on the PRS-T2. They aren’t located under the “books” section like how Sony did things (that would be too obvious). Instead you go into the bookshelfs for the device and specifically select the purchased content bookshelf.