Originally Posted by jswinden
Amazon has a great feature with their Kindles where you can download a sample of a book to see if you want to buy it or not. Unfortunately the Sony Reader Store does not offer that feature. However, you can install the Kindle app on your computer or many smartphones and download the samples to them. If you like what you see, then buy the epub book from the Sony Reader Store.
Or, another alternative is that the Barnes & Noble bookstore samples are DRM-free. I download them from the B&N store and then transfer them over to my Sony into a collection named "Samples".