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Digimonkey Tips: Sony Reader for PC & MAC

By Digimonkey on February 18th, 2013
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Digi loves her ruby red Sony Reader because it works so nicely with the All Romance site and her Reader for MAC software.  Digi knows there are quite a few Sony fans out there, so she’s going to give you the tips and tricks you need to successfully download and transfer files to your device.

 

Installing the software

The first step is to download and install the Reader for PC & MAC software on your computer.  Go to the Sony website and click on the “Sony Reader for PC & MAC” link on the left hand side of the page.

Sony Reader for MAC & PC

Sony Reader for PC & Mac

The download buttons for the PC & MAC versions will appear.

Sony Reader for PC & MAC

Download to PC or MAC

 

MAC installation instructions

  1. Click on the link for Download for Mac.
  2. The file will download to the Downloads folder.
  3. Double click on the .dmg file to open the package in Finder.

    DMG file

    DMG file

  4. Double click on the “Reader for MAC” package in Finder.

    Reader for Mac

    Reader for Mac

  5. The installation wizard will open.  Follow the prompts to install the software.  You will need to restart your computer after the installation is complete.
  6. Note: To download Secure format files, the software must be authorized to an Adobe ID.  Open Reader for MAC and go to the “Reader for MAC” menu, then select “Preferences”.
  7. Select the “Authorize” option from the left hand menu and follow the instructions to authorize the software to your Adobe ID.

 

PC installation instructions

  1. Click on the link for Download for PC.
  2. The Open Program window will open.  Click “Save File”.

    Save file

    Save file

  3. The executable file will begin downloading to your Downloads folder on your PC.

    downloading...

    downloading…

  4. When the download is complete, go to the Downloads folder in your “My Documents” main folder and locate the ReaderInstaller.exe file.

    File in Downloads folder

    File in Downloads folder

  5. Double click on the executable file. A security warning will appear.  Click “Run”.

    Click Run

    Click Run

  6. The installation wizard will open.  Click “Next”.

    Click next

    Click next

  7. The License Agreement window will open.  Select the radio button that says “I accept…”, then click “Next”.

    I accept!

    I accept!

  8. The application folder is stored by default in the Program Files folder on the C: drive.  Click “Next”.

    Program files

    Program files

  9. The program is now ready to install.  Click “Install”.

    Install

    Install

  10. 10.  When the installation is complete, click “Finish”.

    Finish

    Finish

  11. Reader for PC will launch.  Note: To download Secure format files, the software must be authorized to an Adobe ID.  Go to the “Edit” menu, then select “Preferences”.
  12. Select the “Authorize” option from the left hand menu and follow the instructions to authorize the software to your Adobe ID.

 

Importing ebooks to Reader

After the software is installed, you’re now ready to begin importing books!

Importing Adobe Acrobat and Epub files

  1. Click on the “File” menu and select “Import Files”.

    Import files

    Import files

  2. Locate the book(s) you have saved to your computer that you want to import into Reader.  Select them and click “Open”.
  3. The book will be added to your Reader library, and will show at the top of the page if you sort your books by Recently Added.

    Time to read!

    Time to read!

 

Importing Secure Adobe and Secure Adobe Epub files

  1. Download and save the ACSM file to your computer by selecting the Secure link in your ARe Library and following the prompts.
  2. Right click on the saved ACSM file on your computer and select “Open With” and then “Reader”.

    Open ACSM

    Open ACSM

  3. The book will be added to your Reader library, and will show at the top of the page if you sort your books by Recently Added.

    Hurray!

    Hurray!

 

Transferring ebooks to the Sony eReader

Adding books to the Reader for PC or MAC software is all well and good, but you want to read those books on your Sony eReader.  So let’s get those ebooks transferred!

  1. Turn on your Sony eReader device and plug it into the computer using the USB cable.
  2. Open the Reader for PC or MAC software.  You will see a new tab at the top that shows the Reader device.

    Reader Device

    Reader Device

  3. Drag and drop the book(s) you want to add to the Sony eReader from the shelf in the Reader software to the “Reader” tab at the top of the screen.  A green plus + symbol will appear when the cover image is over the Reader tab.
  4. The Sync pop-up window will appear and the book will be transferred to your eReader device.

    Syncing files

    Syncing files

  5. Click the Eject button to the right of the Reader tab at the top of the screen to disconnect the device from the computer.  The Reader tab will disappear. It is then safe to unplug the device from the USB cable.
  6. The eReader will process the new content and then display the files in the Books section of the eReader device.

 

One word of caution

Digi feels she would be remiss if she didn’t point out the one flaw she has discovered with the Reader software.  It’s a very “grabby” program, meaning that it will set itself as the default program for all downloads and will override previous preferences set for other programs, such as Adobe Digital Editions, Adobe Reader, and Calibre. If you choose to use Reader for PC or MAC, it will make it a bit more challenging to use other ebook apps on the same computer, as you’ll have to prevent Reader for taking control of the files.

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