Sony will continue to produce its e-reader for Japan. A 13.3-inch digital paper device aimed at business users is expected later this year.
Known for its electronic devices, Sony was one of the first out of the gate with a major e-reader, landing on U.S. shores with its Reader in 2006. The Reader was well-reviewed, but readers were slow to embrace its technology. That went hand in hand with an e-bookstore that always seemed to be missing something.
When Sony closed its American e-book store in March, it sent its customers to Kobo, the Toronto-based e-reader company now owned by Japanese online retailer Rakutan.