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Old 11-15-2009, 08:56 AM   #1
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Firmware update for PRS-500 available - EPUB!

Alas, it's not updateable by user and the device must be sent in.
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Update your Reader firmware, compliments of Sony.

Sony has created a firmware update for your Reader, allowing it to remain compatible with the new eBook Store format. This update will allow your PRS-500 to support the ePub and Adobe DRM format and add the ability to re-flow PDF documents. Due to the nature of the work required, you will need to send your PRS-500 Reader to the Sony Service Centers for updating.

All you need to do is complete the request for firmware update through the link below, or call 866-962-7669. We will provide you with a pre-paid UPS label for sending in your Reader. You should have your PRS-500 back within 14 days, with the firmware update installed.
Alternatively, you can trade it for a newer model.
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Trade in for a new Reader Pocket Edition or Reader Touch Edition:
Trade in your PRS-500 when purchasing a new Reader Pocket Edition or Reader Touch Edition. You will receive $50 off of the Reader Pocket Edition or $75 off the Reader Touch Edition.
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Old 11-15-2009, 09:03 AM   #2
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Do you know if the 500 will still be able to read BBeB after the firmware update?
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Old 11-15-2009, 09:04 AM   #3
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I don't see why not.

BTW, they also give a more precise date for the switchover.
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Sony will soon be converting The eBook Store library platform from BBeB eBook format to the industry-standard ePub format. This transition will take effect in mid-December, 2009.
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Old 11-15-2009, 09:08 AM   #4
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I would guess that this offer will only be available in the US, given that the PRS-500 was never officially sold elsewhere.
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Old 11-15-2009, 09:11 AM   #5
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I suspect that they'll basically replace the guts with something similar to the 300/505. It would be interesting to see some teardown pics from somebody who takes this upgrade path. Still, good news for those who still have 500s.
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Old 11-15-2009, 09:13 AM   #6
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Yes, I suspect you're right - this will be a hardware update.
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Old 11-15-2009, 09:16 AM   #7
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My guess is that at the very least, Sony will be replacing the rom inside the 500 so itis large enough to allow the ePub firmware.
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Old 11-15-2009, 09:18 AM   #8
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And I'm betting it will be software only
They probably just need to do some repartitioning of the flash which might be tricky to do with the existing updater.

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So once your 500 is flashed and you have it back, are you going to open it to see what's maybe changed?
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Old 11-15-2009, 09:22 AM   #10
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Well, I haven't yet decided whether to send it, since they offer shipping only inside USA...
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Old 11-15-2009, 09:24 AM   #11
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If you want to send it here with pre-paid postage back to you, I can send it in for you no problem. That is if Sony will allow multiple 500s to be sent in from the same address.
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Old 11-15-2009, 10:01 AM   #12
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wow !! this is great news !!! and i have to say, i am REALLY impressed that sony is offering this solution. nicely done, sony ! i'll be really interested to hear whether the update is software only or hardware ; i was under the impression the 500 hardware wasn't able to render epub for material reasons. but, if igorsk says those can be fixed by re-partitioning the flash, then that would explain it.
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Old 11-15-2009, 10:26 AM   #13
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This is good news.

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Old 11-15-2009, 10:38 AM   #14
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Good service for such an old product, especially since it such a hassle for the company. Thumbs up for this Sony.
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Old 11-15-2009, 10:47 AM   #15
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Wow, that's going to a deal of trouble on Sony's part. I don't think I've ever heard of a company doing this for its customers. Usually outmoded electronics are simply left unsupported.

Good move, Sony.
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