This time last month I introduced you to Headline’s new initiative and a brand new online resource for bloggers called Bookbridgr. Today I have something very similar in store for you guys. A few weeks ago I was offered to test and review the new Sony ReaderStore – a website offering a huge range of e-books for multiple devices and platforms, something like Amazon’s Kindle store – and of course I leapt at the chance. Since I know that, like me, most of you read e-books on a weekly basis and some of you even prefer reading e-books to physical ones, I thought it would be something you’d enjoy and (hopefully) find useful.
Overall look & signing up
The first thing I really like about the website is how simple it is and how easy it was to sign up. It literally took me a minute, perhaps even less. Everything is very straightforward. You go to gb.readerstore.sony.com, enter your email address and a password and you’re good to go. Once inside, you can start browsing the thousands of books on offer straight away. The feature I love the most is the wishlist option. If you’re as indecisive as I am when it comes to books and narrowing down those 35 books you instantly want to put in your basket, then you’ll probably love it. Putting all those books you’re interested in in one place so that you can go through them again and select the ones you’re dying to read the most is definitely a great idea. The books you put on your wishlist will stay there until you either buy or remove them, even if you log out and come back days or weeks later.
The books you actually decide to buy will all be saved to your library and can be accessed any time you need them. So even if you delete them from your reader, they can be re-downloaded later, any time you want to read them again.
Categories & variety
What took me by surprise when I was already registered and signed in is how many books they actually have. I don’t know why but I didn’t expect to see… so many of them. There are almost 15,000 books in the Young Adult fiction category alone and that’s only one of the 25 categories they have. Again, the categories are very similar to the Amazon Kindle store so if you’re a regular Kindle user, navigating your way through this store will be a piece of cake.