Sony eLibrary 3.0 For Windows XP

Even though I looked on Sony’s site, I couldn’t find any links for the 3.0 version of the Sony Reader eLibrary software. Nevertheless, those wizards over at Mobileread did! UPDATE! Mobileread now has a link for the Macintosh OS X version too!

This is the installation process, which shows me upgrading from the prior version.

The 2.x desktop shortcut icon:
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This is what the 2.x software looked like minutes before:

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Install dialog:

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Intermission dialog:

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I did click on Details for the Just In Case. This is the web page. Note this still:

Using the eBook Library software with 64-bit versions of Windows® XP operating system is not supported.

And after a few minutes, behold 3.0:

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Ignore what’s in my library. Most of the links were actually dead! Just look:

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By now, your reaction is probably the same as mine: Wow! That’s fugly!!

Strangely, it had cached the covers of the dead links!

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FeedBooks ePub in full-screen view:

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Sample ePub via Adobe in full-screen mode:

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Unlike 2.x software, the bottom controls no longer fade away when the pointer isn’t touched. The controls seem to persist.

Cover of an Adobe DRMed ePub borrowed from the New York Public Library in full-screen mode:

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First page of same in full-screen mode:

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After I cleared out all the dead links, I was left with this small list. And here I am returning that ePub to the library:

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The new XP desktop shortcut icon:

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Well, the software is still fugly. It’s still unintuitive. It launches slower than 2.x but seems to run OK. This hasn’t been a beat-down stress test, just a quick documenting of the upgrade.

I was really hoping for some user interface and eye candy improvement. I guess such things are beyond Sony’s ability. Too bad.

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