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Announcing the first US libraries to take part in the Sony Reader Library Program

by Team Sony 09/28/2010

What do you picture when you hear the words “public library”? If shushing librarians and piles of dusty books come to mind, it’s time to rethink that image. You are now more likely to see electronic books in public libraries across the country and a legion of trained librarians ready to help you discover digital content and how to get it on your device.

Today,  Sony announced an inaugural group of 30 libraries from 17 states across the country that will take part in the Sony Reader Library Program. The program was introduced this summer to libraries looking to expand their digital reading services. During the next few weeks these libraries will get in-house training on digital reading devices, educational materials to help both librarians and library patrons learn more about eBooks and Sony Reader devices for library staff to do demos for patrons.

“Our growing eBook collection is an important piece of the service we will provide our customers moving forward,” said Zeth Lietzau, manager of Denver Public Library’s Community Technology Center, one of the first libraries to participate in the program. “We are constantly looking for ways to increase awareness, understanding, and usage of this collection. The education materials and assistance made available from the Reader Library Program will be a big part of that effort.”

See if your library made the list which you can find on the  Sony News and Information site. If you don’t see it there, send your library this link and tell them to apply! They’ll get access to free eBook training videos and printable collateral for educating their patrons while they wait for their chance to be part of the program. To find a library near you that already offers eBooks, go to

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  1. Anonymous wrote: October 1, 2010 5:46am

    This is great news. Now if the sony daily edition gets wi-fi, the pearl e-ink, and stays 249… that would be awesome.

    1. Sukhjit wrote: October 1, 2010 2:36pm

      Hello! Nice to see you and thank you for the comment. Do you have the Daily Edition?

  2. Anonymous wrote: October 1, 2010 8:51am

    this product will be successful only if all books a to z…. not just the popular ones are available. i mean each and every book available on this planet should be available as a e book on this device.

    1. Sukhjit wrote: October 1, 2010 2:35pm

      Hello “Anonymous”,

      Thank you for the post. You know more and more books are available in electronic form. Have you checked out our ebook store or Google books

  3. Anonymous wrote: October 1, 2010 8:54am

    Its good for normal reading user, but i think sony can do more, such like S-Frame as a pad, yes, the tablet pad.

    1. Sukhjit wrote: October 1, 2010 2:32pm

      Hello there! Thank you for the feedback. Interesting that you reference the S-Frame. Are you asking for that to also be a reading device?

  4. Anonymous wrote: October 3, 2010 8:55pm

    I found the Sony E-Reader to be very disappointing and not in the reader itself but the lack of access to african american titles new or old not being available. I now have a reader that is not being utilized because of the limited access to books that I desire to read.

  5. Anonymous wrote: October 4, 2010 7:55am

    This is a real plus if Sony can use this program to “nationalize” the US library system. The huge current problem with access to libraries in the US is that the vast majority of local libraries are light years behind the times regarding availability of ebooks lending. They have little or no inventory and only some of the large libraries in the metropolitan areas have any respectable “inventory” of ebooks. You need a library card in the State you reside and can not obtain “national” access. However, there is another issue. Compounding the problem, Sony has blocked access to libraries and other free sites in its only new 3G/Wireless ebook reader, the PRS950, due out in 11/2010, stating that the new owner of the PRS950(Daily Edition), must still access these sites through their computers and then go through the additional process of “side-loading” these books to their new PRS 950 ereader that already has wireless capabilities but is blocked by Sony. There is a lot of competition out there in this new burgeoning field of ebooks, and Sony has “stuck to their guns” of manufacturing good products at a high premium price. Best be advised to stop blocking wireless access in an attempt to sell more books. There are a lot of book publishers out there that do a much better job than Sony with larger array of available ebooks. It seems Sony would rather sell books than leading the field in exotic electronics, something they are done well in the past and were first large manufacurer to enter this field of ebooks, several years ahead of the rest of the present pack. Have it both ways Sony and then shoot yourself in both feet. Hopefully a Customer Service representative with a degree of authority will respond to this message. Please stay tuned in order that this glaring mistake by Sony can be quickly corrected. John McGinty

  6. Anonymous wrote: October 7, 2010 8:38am

    Of course, no comment by Sony to my 10/4/2010 note. John McGinty

  7. Anonymous wrote: April 16, 2011 5:32pm

    I cannot access our local library to download books. Also My reader sees my wy fi but only continues saying connecting but never connects. Why?

    1. Sukhjit wrote: April 18, 2011 5:50pm

      Sorry to hear you’re having some issues. Have you been in touch with yet?


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