Sony has finally got around to opening the doors to its Reader Store in the UK, to allow Britons to purchase e-books from the company itself as opposed to third-party retailers.
The UK Reader Store was expected to arrive at the close of last year, but was held up. Still, better late than never, as they say, and Sony now has an official rival to Amazon's behemoth Kindle store on these shores.
Sony announced: "Reader Store is a purpose-built eBookstore that brings UK customers a wide range of local and international eBooks, spanning bestsellers, classics, new authors and more."
The firm added: "Offering a simple, dedicated eBook shopping experience, Reader Store also gives the publishing industry an exciting new channel to offer eBook titles to a wider audience."
The bestsellers on offer come from authors including Jeremy Clarkson, Jodi Picoult, Michael Palin, Noam Chomsky, Nora Roberts, Patricia Cornwell, Roald Dahl and Thomas Keneally. The e-books are in the ePUB format, so they're not exclusive to Sony's e-reader hardware.
Newspaper subscriptions are also available on the Reader Store, and you can sign up for the Guardian and Daily Mail at 99p a pop, or a tenner per month (actually slightly less than that, £9, for the Daily Mail).
The store can be accessed direct from your Reader hardware, or via an app for the PC, Mac, or Android handsets.
Source: International Business Times