written by: Rita A.•edited by: William Springer•updated: 7/17/2011
If you are having problems adding a book to your Sony Reader collection, this article will walk you through the correct way to add a book, and show you some troubleshooting tips.
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Create a Sony Reader Collection
You can add many, many books to a Sony Reader. The smallest reader can hold 350 books, and that is enough to need some sort of organization. You can create collections on your device, which will help you organize the books you have, and make them easier to find when you are ready to read them.
Connect your Sony Reader to your computer via the USB cable. Open the Sony Reader software installed on your computer.
Click the Sony Reader icon on the left side of the screen, and then click the + icon at the bottom of the screen to create a collection.
Click the New Collection text to highlight it. Type a name for the collection, and press the Enter key on your keyboard.
Drag books from the right side of the screen into the new collection you just created on the left side. When you are finished, you can eject and remove the Sony Reader from your computer. You will see your new collection in the Library section of the Reader software.
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How to Add a Book to Your Sony Reader Collection
Open the Sony Reader Library software that is installed on your computer, and then sign in to your Reader Store account.
Search the store for books that you want to put into your Sony Reader collection. You can search books by genre or type, or select from the best selling books. Click each book that you want to purchase.
The books will download to the Sony Reader Library software on your computer. You will see a Download Complete message when the download is finished.
Click Library on the left side of the screen to view the books you just downloaded.
Connect your Sony Reader to your computer via the cable that came with it when you purchased it. Enter your username and password when you are prompted to. You can use the same username and password that you use for the Reader Store. This is to authorize the Sony Reader to connect to the Reader Library on your computer.
Use your mouse to drag the book icon or title listed under Library, and then drop it onto the Reader icon in the Reader Library menu. This book is now installed on your Sony Reader.
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How to Get Books from Reader Library onto Sony Reader
Open the Reader Library software that is installed on your computer. Go through the registration process if you have not already done so. Make sure to leave the Library open on your computer when you search for books.
Go to your library’s website and navigate to the e-media section. Use your library sign on and password, usually your library membership card number.
Find books you would like to read and download them per the instruction of your library. The books you choose will appear in the Reader Library when they are finished downloading.
Connect the Sony Reader to your computer via the USB cable. Connect one end into a free USB port on the front or back of your computer, and the other end into the correct port on the Sony Reader. Look on the left side of the screen at the category listing.
Drag and drop the book you downloaded from your library into the Sony Reader using your mouse.
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Authorize Sony Reader to Store Account
If you are still having problems adding books to the collections on your Sony Reader, make sure your Reader is authorized with the Sony store account. If it is not authorized, you will not be able to add a book to to the Reader, or to a collection on the Sony Reader.
Connect the Sony Reader device to your computer via the USB cable. Connect one end of the cable into the port on the Sony Reader, and connect the other end into a free USB port on the front or back of your computer.
Click the Start button in the lower left corner of the screen, click All Programs, click Reader, and then click eBook Library. The eBook Library window opens on the screen.
Click eBook Store on the left under Library. Click Account on the top on the right side of the screen. Log in with your username and password, and then click the Login button.
Click Manage Devices in the Device Details section. Click Authorize this Device. A message will display on your screen that the device was authorized successfully. This process will only take a few seconds to complete.
If the device is already authorized, you will see it listed on the screen with a De-authorize button next to it.