The Sony Reader WIFI has experienced three or four updates for its PC Reader application to provide a number of visual and behind the scenes enhancements, while the e-reader itself as not seen many. Today the company has released an update it has been teasing for the last month on Twitter.
The official version of the update 1.0.03.11140 can be downloaded via the Sony Official Website. It provides a number of upgrades to the touch panel and offers added functionality. If you find yourself using the built in dictionary often, this has also been upgraded for speed and is less crash prone. The wireless internet access has also been fixed for longer WIFI passwords.
The essence of the update is that it really fixes a ton of freezing issues users were reporting to Sony during the last few weeks. The two main aspects of this that were fixed was page turning and the dictionary.
One of the problems that continues to plague some users but Sony has not addressed yet had to do with Fonts. Currently on some non-DRM books Bold, Italics and Underlines failed to resolve properly. What you need to do in books that have this issue is to import them into Calibre, which is a free open-source ebook management program. Then Go Preferences – Conversion / Common Options, find the tab Filter Style Information and check the box Fonts. Now convert your book to epub once more (your original file will be kept, so you can always retrieve it). Finally import the file back on your reader and copy over the original one.
Let us know if you installed the update and found any problems with it.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and Verge.