Once you learn how to transfer eBooks and other files from the ReaderTM software to the device, you will find it simple and enjoyable.
1.) First, you need to have the Sony ReaderTM software installed on your computer--either a Windows PC or a Mac. You can read the system requirements for your computer and download the software here. You will be guided through the installation process. It is very similar to the installation process for other programs you may have experienced.
2.) Download some eBook files that you want to transfer to your ReaderTM. You can get these from various free and paid sources. Check out other tutorials in this section for suggestions on where to find eBooks. Be sure to choose ePub, PDF or Text file formats to download. [If you download a Kindle format eBook it will not work on your Sony ReaderTM.]
3.) Launch the ReaderTM software on your computer. You will see that it has My Library and Store at the top and underneath a dark red bar with several file types listed:
4.) Locate the eBook files you've downloaded on your computer. Choose 'Books' from the dark red menu bar and then select and drag the files into the software. You will see a little plus sign appear near your cursor when the files are ready to be successfully transferred. The transfer of files may take a few minutes depending on the number of files you've dragged-and-dropped and how much processing speed your computer has.
5.) When the eBooks are successfully transferred, they will appear in My Library in a list or as individual icons. You can change the size and style of the display using these buttons in the lower right of the screen:
Some eBook files include cover images, so you may see thumbnail images of the book cover. Some eBooks files may just have the title typed in text or no cover at all:
6.) Using the USB cable that came with your ReaderTM, connect the device to your computer. Plug the small USB end into the base of your ReaderTM, and plug the standard USB end into a spare USB port on your computer.
If you reader is not fully charged, plugging it in to your computer will start to charge the device.
7.) The ReaderTM software will detect that your ReaderTM is plugged in, and the icon for it will appear in the upper bar of the software, next to the Store icon:
When you click on the Reader icon, a new 'Sync' button will also appear in the ReaderTM software screen at the end of the dark red bar.
8.) When the ReaderTM device detects that it is connected to the computer, you will see a 'USB connected screen:
Click on the 'Data Transfer Mode' button on the screen of the ReaderTM.
9.) Next, click on the Sync tab on the computer screen. You will be given 'Sync Settings' options on the left-hand part of the screen about which type of files you want to 'sync' on to the ReaderTM. Since you have dragged your eBook files into the 'Books' category, you should ensure that the 'Books' tickbox is ticked. You will see in brackets the number of 'Books' that will be transferred.
10.) Press the 'Sync Now' button on the software, and the files will be transferred from the software on your computer to the device. Be sure to allow the transfer to finish before unplugging either end of the USB cable.
11.) You should see your titles appearing as ' Recently Added books' on the Home screen of your the ReaderTM. If there were cover thumbnails included in the files, then these will also appear on the screen of your reader.
Congratulations! You're ready to start reading!