Months after shutting down the Sony Reader Store for eBooks as well as closing down eBook outlets worldwide and transferring customers to Kobo for all new eBook purchases, Sony has announced it will stop manufacturing eReader hardware.
According to The Telegraph, Amazon’s Kindle line is a dominating force in the eReader market that has squeezed Sony out of the game, even though Sony had launched an eReader called Librie three years before the first Kindle ever launched in the US. The Librie weighed 190g and could store around 500 eBooks. It was also the first eReader to use an e-Ink display.
Despite being first and possibly even inspiring the Kindle Paperwhite, Sony failed to become the best. Sony has said, going forward, it will only continue with its Digital Paper line, a 13.3-inch E-Ink reader meants for business use. Earlier this year, the company halted eReader producton in the US, Europe, and Australia, and now it plans to shut down production in the only market it has left: Japan.
Lesen.net has claimed the Sony Reader PRS-T3 will be the last Sony eReader sold until stock runs out. When that happens, Sony will have completely abandoned the eReader business. The company will also reportedly continue pushing all users over to Kobo for content.
It is widely assumed that the Amazon's Kindle beat Sony in terms of the quanity of eBooks available and pricing.