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How to Transfer Sony eBooks to Kobo

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Because of the poor marketing performance in 2013, Sony decides to abandon the North America (including US and Canada) e-reading market, the official press indicates Kobo will take over all the North American customers from Sony.

According to Kobo's declaration, in March 2014 all the US and Canada Sony eReader users will have the authority to transfer most of their purchased Sony eBooks to Kobo library, and in May, they will be able to directly buy eBooks from Kobo store via Sony PRS eReader devices, but PRS-900/950 are not included.

Similar cases

This is not happened the first time, there are several similar cases in recent years.

In November 2011, the fictionwise websites (Fictionwise.com, eReader.com and eBookwise.com) decided to hand over their customers to Barnes&Noble.

Also in the end of 2011, Amazon announced the Mobipocket.com would stop serving.

Back to the middle of 2011, Microsoft retired MS Reader, all the users have to use ConvertLit software to strip the DRM to keep their purchased LIT eBooks.

The consequence of closing an eBook store

Closing an eBook store is not like closing a cloth store, which you just cannot buy clothes there anymore. If an eBook store is closed, in most cases your purchased eBooks would be in vain if you don't take actions (transfer to specific stores or back up safely).

Because almost all the purchased eBooks are protected by DRM, when the eBook store is closed, they also shut the content server, which will make your purchased eBooks unable to be read anymore.

Directly reading Sony books on Kobo

Technically speaking, you can directly read Sony books on Kobo eReader as they are all using the Adobe Adept DRM, the books shall be shared each other via Adobe Digital Editions, but once your Sony eBook files are lost, you will be no longer able to get them again after Sony completely quiting US and Canada. Further more, the Adobe account, Sony account, and Kobo account would make your head mess up when you want to directly read Sony books on Kobo. Therefore, this is not a recommended way. If you want to try it, here is a related guide.

Transfer Sony books to Kobo via official channel

As has been mentioned above, in March 2014, all the US and Canada Sony eBook Store customers will receive a notification email which contains a personalized link, with this unique link they can transfer most of their purchase Sony books to Kobo account.

But there are also drawbacks of this method.

The most recommended way to protect your purchased Sony books

To compeletely back up your Sony books safely, the most recommended way is strip the DRM. And below is the advantages.

We've compiled a super detailed guide about how to remove DRM from Sony books. So there is no necessity to write duplicate stuff in this post.

If you already have the knowledge about removing DRM, here is the recommended software, Epubor Adobe EPUB&PDF DRM Removal can be the most easy to use eBook DRM removing program you will ever meet.

     
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08/2/2014 15:43:00
I have tried to do this on my book and it will not let me get to the kobo acct I have
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08/10/2014 20:47:15

Hi Ray,

The transmittion period has already finished.

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01/4/2015 13:59:07
Book Sony reader,card. Transfer to a new kobo reader. How to transfer Sony book back into Kobo reader?
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01/14/2017 03:07:13
I know I am a "little" late in transferring my ebook reader over to Kobo, but I have not read it for quite some time.  I have a Mac computer and I have taken my SD card out of my eReader.  I am unable to download the Kobo transfer onto my Mac because it says it is from an unauthorized source.
Any ideas about how I can transfer my books to my Kobo account?
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01/14/2017 03:07:17
I know I am a "little" late in transferring my ebook reader over to Kobo, but I have not read it for quite some time.  I have a Mac computer and I have taken my SD card out of my eReader.  I am unable to download the Kobo transfer onto my Mac because it says it is from an unauthorized source.
Any ideas about how I can transfer my books to my Kobo account?
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