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Initial post: Feb 12, 2010 6:57:39 AM PST
I have a Sony reader but don't have access to the same books as with Kindle - can I read a Kindle book on my reader?

Posted on Feb 12, 2010 7:00:05 AM PST
L. Rice says:
No, you can't.

Posted on Feb 12, 2010 7:00:20 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 12, 2010 7:00:44 AM PST
JD Rizen says:
No. The DRM is completely different. The nook can read Sony DRM (I believe). But for the most part, the different devices are tied into their own DRM schema so users are locked into whatever ecosystem supplied the e-reader (kind of like videogame systems).

Posted on Feb 12, 2010 7:00:43 AM PST
Malachi says:
Nope. Amazon uses a propriety DRM scheme.

You can download a Kindle app for your PC or iPhone if interested and read on those devices.

There are Kindle apps in the works for other platfroms.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2010 7:02:12 AM PST
Dragi Raos says:
No (short answer).

A bit longer one: best content availability and price (until now, anyway) is one of the main advantages of Kindle over Sony reader. Apart from that, they have different features and someone will find Kindle more compelling (as I do), but others will prefer Sony and its touch screen.

Posted on Feb 12, 2010 7:12:27 AM PST
Not with the DRM, but we can't ready sony books either if it makes you feel any better.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2010 7:38:40 AM PST
You can get mine on e-reader. I'm an Indie Author and I used Smashwords to increase my exposure through other outlets beyond Kindle.

That said, nothing has come close to the support and opportunity afforded by the Kindle threads and their readers.

I checked the Sony reader site and confirmed that is up there for $2.99. Since there's no easy way for an Indie Author to promote over there you won't find reviews there, but there are plenty if you click the link below.

The book is a thriller, Final Price, is about a serial killing car salesman and the culturally conflicted Chinese-American detective sent to stop him.

Seen from the eyes of both the killer and the detective, Final Price was my entry to the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest where it was a Quarterfinalist. It has been professionally edited and represented.

I just dropped the price on Kindle to $1.99 to give the book a wider audience. If you like fast paced thrillers it's worth a look.


Greg Smith
(now just $1.99 on Kindle)

Sony Store: ($2.99)

Final Price

Posted on Feb 12, 2010 7:50:25 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 12, 2010 7:50:50 AM PST
John Rector says:
You can download a free copy of mobipocket and use it to convert the kindle file (.azw) to a .pdf and read it on other ereaders. Google 'azw to pdf' and you'll find some good advice.

Posted on Feb 12, 2010 7:53:26 AM PST
You can get most Indie authors and some small publishers and some authors who have loaded their backlist that can be read on either (or just about any reader). They don't have DRM. One way to tell (that is not always accurate) is whether it says "unlimited license" on the book's page. This doesn't always mean there is no DRM though...not sure there is a more accurate way.

You can buy books from,, ... and some other places that do not have DRM. Then if the format isn't the correct one, you can use the free tool called "Calibre" and it will convert for you. Do a search on Calibre and you'll find it easily. Great tool.

So the answer is sometimes, but not often.

Amazon author page:

Posted on Feb 12, 2010 9:01:11 AM PST
Just to be clear, the Sony uses a completely different format than the Kindle, so it isn't just the DRM, but the format. If there was no DRM, you could convert one format to another, but, unfortunately, there is DRM on books from the Sony, Amazon, and B&N stores.

Posted on Feb 12, 2010 9:41:13 AM PST
pezncarots says:
does anyone know if kindle has the Library lender app like the Sony reader does?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2010 9:46:51 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 12, 2010 9:49:05 AM PST
Dragi Raos says:
No, but managed mobi-formatted library books can be simply and legally "massaged" on your PC to be readable on Kindle (until they expire, as intended).

I will update with the relevant thread if I can find it.

Edit: you can start here:

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2010 9:49:45 AM PST
Actually to be completely clear-- not all amazon books have DRM--backlist authors who upload their books have the option of including it or not, indie authors and I believe small publishers can opt out of DRM as well. It's almost impossible to tell which ones (some of those with "unlimited license" do not have DRM) but I think no DRM will become more common over time.

Amazon author page:

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2010 7:47:49 AM PST
thanks John - best advice so far. There is one particular book I want to add to my reader but can only find it electronically for Kindle. I have read mobi formatted books on my reader so I understand those limitations.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2010 7:50:56 AM PST
thanks Maria - good overall advice on format conversions. I'll give Calibre a try.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2010 3:27:08 PM PDT
no there is no library lender app for Kindle.
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