Sony Japan Confirms they are Abandoning eReader Development

August 6, 2014
Sony Japan Confirms they are Abandoning eReader Development

With the recent announcement of the discontinuation of the PRS-T3 there have been various rumors circulating about the future of eReaders from Sony. We now however have official confirmation today from Noriko Shoji, Products & Technology PR Section, Corporate of the following,

As announced in February this year for North America and in May for Europe and Australia, Sony’s Reader Store customers in the US, Canada, UK, Germany, Austria and Australia transferred to the Kobo eBookstore. For the hardware, final production of the current Reader model (PRS-T3) was made at the end of May. The product will continue to be available until inventory supplies last, which differs by country. (There are some countries where the sales have already ended.) Please note that the PRS-T3 was not introduced in the US market. In Japan, where we have our Reader Store business, we will continue to sell the current model for the time being, in order for customers to enjoy content from Reader Store with our products.”

He then went on to say, “We do not have plans to develop a successor Reader model at this time.”

So there you have it.  Sony have officially gone on record to say that they are not going to be making any new eReaders and have stopped manufacturing their Sony PRS-T3 device. Instead, they are shifting focus into the B2B sector via the Digital Paper (DPS-S1).