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Getting Started with a Sony eReader

Getting Started with a Sony eReader


These instructions are for Sony eReaders with or without WiFi. (While it used to be possible to download library books directly to a WiFi-equipped Sony eReader, that functionality is no longer supported by our eBook vendor. If you have a Sony eReader with Wifi, you will have to use a computer to download your eBooks and then transfer them to you eReader as explained in the instructions below.)

Install the Sony Reader Software on Your Computer

  • Go to Sony's Driver & Software page, and choose the model number for your device.
  • Click on the Driver's & Software tab.
  • Select your computer's operating system from the drop-down menu.
  • You will be taken to a page with the download files for your computer.
  • Read the instructions, then download and install the software

Authorize Your Computer and Sony eReader

  • Open Reader for PC / Mac on your computer
  • You should see something like the screen below

  • If your screen does not look like the screen above, click on the Info icon in the top right corner of the Reader app
  • Click the Authorize button
  • Enter your Adobe ID username and password. If you do not have one, click HERE on the popup to create one.
  • After a moment, the screen should indicate your computer is now authorized
  • Now, connect your eReader to your computer using the USB cable that came with your device
    • On the eReader’s screen, follow any instructions, then tap the bar labelled Data Transfer Mode
  • After a minute or so, the computer should automatically authorize the device

Find and Check-out eBooks

  • Visit VPL to Go on your computer
  • Now you can browse or search for eBooks
  • When you find an available title that you’d like to borrow, click on the item to select it
  • Now click the Borrow button
    • If you see Place Hold instead of Borrow, the item is not currently available
    • You can place a hold if you wish, then return to searching for an available title
  • After signing in with your library card number and PIN, you will be taken to the Bookshelf section of your account - the title is now checked out to you
    • The next step is to download it to your computer
    • You can complete the download at any time during the loan period by signing in to your account and going to the Bookshelf section

Download eBooks to Your Computer and Transfer to your Sony eReader

  • Select a format (EPUB format is recommended)
  • Click the download button and open the downloaded file with the Reader for PC or Reader for Mac software
  • The eBook will begin to download
  • Depending on the Internet browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari or Chrome) that you use, the eBook may open automatically, or you may need to locate the .acsm file in the download folder on your computer
    • Once you've located the .acsm file, right mouse click on it and select Open With from the menu
    • Choose Reader for PC or Reader for Mac as the program to open the file with
  • Using a different browser can sometimes solve the issue if you have trouble opening the eBook or locating the .ascm file

Transfer eBooks Onto Your eReader

  • Using Reader for PC or Reader Mac, you can view your downloaded eBooks by clicking on My Library
  • To transfer a book onto your device, click on the title(s) you wish to transfer
  • Click on the Copy to Reader icon near the bottom left of the screen
  • Scroll up and click on the words Copy to Reader

Other Things You Can Do...

Other Things You Can Do...

View Only Items that are Currently Available

To determine at a glance which titles are available, look at the open book icon in the top right corner of the eBook cover:

  • Dark Grey icon means that the title is available to be borrowed
  • Pale Grey icon means that all copies of the title are currently checked out

When browsing by genre or format, it is possible to hide all items that are currently checked out - look for the blue box on the left side of the screen that says Show me only titles with copies available.


Place Holds on eBooks that are Checked Out

If all copies of a title are in use, you can place a hold:

  • Select the eBook cover you are interested in, then click the ‘Place a Hold’ button
  • Sign in to your VPL to Go account with your library card number and PIN - Note: this is a separate account from My VPL where you would manage your library account for both physical and eBook/eAudiobook materials
  • Enter or confirm your email address to receive notification
  • When the title becomes available, you will receive an email notice
  • You will have 72 hours from the time the email was sent to check out the eBook. (Alternatively, when placing the hold you can select an option to have the book checked out to you automatically as soon as it becomes available.)
  • If you do not check it out within 72 hours, it will go to the next person on the list
  • You can have a maximum of 10 holds at once

Check the Status of Your Holds

Sign in to your VPL to Go account with your library card number and PIN - Note: this is a separate account from My VPL where you would manage your library account for both physical and eBook/eAudiobook materials.

  • Tap on Account in the top right of the screen
  • Select Holds from the menu on the right
  • You will be able to see your position in the queue
  • You can also cancel the hold from this menu or change the email address for notification

Place an Advanced Hold (Renew Titles)

Not finished with your eBook or downloadbale audiobook? Click on the Renew icon to place an advance hold on titles you currently have checked out. Renewing puts you in line to borrow a title again once your first checkout expires.

The option to renew a title becomes available three days before the title is set to expire, appearing next to the title on your Bookshelf in your VPL to Go account. You can only use the renew feature once for each checkout.

How to Place an Advanced Hold

1. Log into VPL to Go and sign in to your Account

2. Go to your Bookshelf, select the Renew icon next to the title you'd like to renew - Note: This option does not appear until three days before the title is supposed to expire

If there are no existing holds on a title, the Renew icon will be green (see example below). You can borrow this title again immediately once your first checkout expires - Note: you will need to re-download the eBook.

If there are existing holds on a title, the Renew icon will be greyed out (see example below). You can still use the renew feature to reserve a spot on the title's wait list so you can borrow it again as soon as it's available.

3. Enter and confirm your email address in the renewal form, and click the Renew icon - the Renew icon on your Bookshelf will now have a green checkmark next to it (see example below).

Return Titles Before the Expiry Date

eBooks and downloadable audiobooks are returned automatically after their lending period has expired. When a title expires, you can simply delete the expired book from your device. For information on returning a title before the expiry date, please visit How to return titles before the end of your lending period.

Two exceptions:

  • OverDrive for Mac does not currently support the return feature
  • Downloaded Open EPUBs can only be returned from OverDrive's app for Android, Chromebook, iOS, or Windows 8
  Open EPUB & Open PDF
  OverDrive Read