PROS / eNewspaper subscription options and eBook niche focus are some of the great options here.
CONS / eBook pricing is a bit higher than comparable sites for some common book titles.
VERDICT / Overall the site is well organized with a wide selection of books that should satisfy most mainstream readers.
When it comes to eBook store selection, the TopTenREVIEWS Bronze Award winner Sony Reader Store has one of the best. With a website that can be browsed by category, bestseller, author, new arrives and book topic the site is user-friendly and easy to navigate.
The site is also connected to Google Books, allowing users to choose from millions of free public domain titles to add to their eBook Reader.
Appeal & Ease of Use
The Reader Store is one of the simplest and most user-friendly eBook stores. With a focus on eBooks this site is a book reader paradise. Users can browse selections by category with one simple click, or search bestsellers and award-winning selections to find new favorites.
Browse results provide all pertinent information on the index page making selection far quicker and more convenient.
Products on the Reader Store website are, on average, a bit higher than comparable eBook sites like Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. eBooks are priced at approximately 70% the cost of their paperback versions. Unlike Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble, however, only digital versions are available for purchase.
One disadvantage of the Reader Store had been its lack of digital formats. Previously the site only provided formats that worked with the Sony Reader. Today, however, the site also provides its books in EPUB format; EPUB is an open eBook format that provides access for smartphones and other digital readers. The site also provides free PC and Mac software for reading purchases with a computer.
Additional Digital Offerings
Dozens of popular newspapers are available by subscriptions through the Reader Store website. Prices range from $5.00 - $25.00 or more but selections include local, national and global news outlets as well as professional and business selections.
Help & Support
The Reader Store site provides online help for users to assist with downloading and viewing their purchases. While the online FAQs are fairly comprehensive, contacting customer support for one-on-one assistance appears to be nearly non-existent. If there were an online form or email address provided it was not easily accessible or advertised.
The Sony Reader Store provides a wide selection of books for all reading preferences. The site is simple and easy to navigate, with browsing options that allow for searching by subject, price, author and other considerations. While the selection is wide, compared to other comparable eBook sites the prices are a bit higher than elsewhere. Overall though, if you need a good eBook store with lots of variety, the Sony Reader Store is certainly one of the places to go!