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Old 07-01-2011, 02:14 AM   #1
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Hi All,

Sorry if this has been asked before, but I'm thinking of buying a Sony Reader for my wife (PRS-650) while we are here in Japan. The aim is that she can use it back in Australia and purchase Japanese books from http://ebookstore.sony.jp/

Does anyone know if this is supported? Getting a clear answer on this question from the Japanese support line is close to impossible.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-01-2011, 03:07 AM   #2
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Hi All,

Sorry if this has been asked before, but I'm thinking of buying a Sony Reader for my wife (PRS-650) while we are here in Japan. The aim is that she can use it back in Australia and purchase Japanese books from http://ebookstore.sony.jp/

Does anyone know if this is supported? Getting a clear answer on this question from the Japanese support line is close to impossible.

Thanks in advance.
I see no problems assuming you have a Japan-issued credit-card (JCB, Visa or Mastercard) - with a Japanese billing address and a PC you can install the Sony custom 'transfer' software onto.

I have not verified, but I would not be surprised if this software was Japanese-Windows only.

If you are hoping to use an Aussie credit-card and billing address, then I think you will probably be disappointed.

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Old 07-01-2011, 03:37 AM   #3
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Thanks Marcus but unfortunately getting a Japanese credit card is like getting moon dust if you don't have work in Japan. Even Warren Buffet would be declined I reckon.

I don't understand why Sony likes shooting itself in the foot so much.
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Just a thought - would this apply to PayPal also ? i.e. would using PayPal avoid the need for a geographic specific card ?

And where the card requirement isn't an issue, but address is, would simply putting down a (real) address in the area concerned work ?

I presume the systems are too clever to be misled in this way - or are they ?
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I don't know about this Japanese Sony site, but assuming it's similar to the English one, then you have to have a credit card with a billing address in the US or Canada or it just will not work. PayPal would be an option if Sony took it, but I don't think they do.

I used the American Sony bookstore from Japan with a Japanese IP and it worked fine, so I'm guessing the Japanese one will work from a different country as well.
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Thanks Marcus but unfortunately getting a Japanese credit card is like getting moon dust if you don't have work in Japan. Even Warren Buffet would be declined I reckon.

I don't understand why Sony likes shooting itself in the foot so much.
I agree. I have a Sony PRS-700 purchased from the US and initially was very pleased when Sony announced they would again be selling e-readers here. They took the decision to locally release a version that supports a different DRM scheme, so you cannot read books from other sources if they use DRM, and you cannot download the books from the Japanese store onto non-Japanese Sony readers.
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