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Our Codes/Cards/Credit Offers

From time to time, Sony Electronics Inc. ("we" or "us") may offer a variety of codes and special offers that are valid for eBook download credits or credits for discounts on eBook downloads.

Some of these codes and offers are promotional in nature (by "Promotional" we mean provided free of charge or as a bonus in connection with a sweepstakes, contest or other promotion, or provided free of charge with a qualifying purchase). Promotional codes ("Promotional Codes") may be provided either online or electronically, or on a card or through other promotional materials. A customer must redeem a Promotional Code to their account in order to obtain a credit for the applicable eBook download value or applicable discount value.

Other Promotional offers may include the opportunity for participants to obtain eBook downloads or a discount toward eBook downloads with the purchase and registration of Sony's Reader device (such offers are referred to herein as "Credit Offers"). Credits for eBook downloads and credits for applicable eBook discounts may be automatically applied to a customer's eBook account upon their registering and authorizing their Sony Reader device to their eBooks account at our online eBook service operated by us and located at //ebookstore.sony.com (the "Service").

We also offer cards that are products that must be purchased (often referred to as prepaid cards, gift certificates, or gift cards (collectively "Prepaid Cards")). These Prepaid Cards may be purchasable in one of two ways: (1) from a retailer that sells the Prepaid Cards online or in retail locations, or (2) from the Service directly. The latter are delivered to recipients by email.

Please read below to learn more about the terms and conditions that apply to our Promotional Codes, Credit Offers, and Prepaid Cards.

Promotional Codes: To review terms and conditions of Promotional Codes, click here, or scroll below.

Credit Offers: To review terms and conditions of Credit Offers, click here, or scroll below.

Prepaid Cards: If you purchased a Prepaid Card from a retailer online or at a retail location and the back of that Prepaid Card refers to //ebookstore.sony.com/cardterms, or you purchased a Prepaid Card online from //ebookstore.sony.com and it links to this web page or refers you to the URL //ebookstore.sony.com/cardterms, then click here or scroll below to review the terms and conditions that apply to these Prepaid Cards.

If you purchased a Prepaid Card from an online or physical retailer and the back of that Prepaid Card does not refer to the URL //ebookstore.sony.com/cardterms, or you purchased a Prepaid Card from //ebookstore.sony.com and it does not link to this web page or refer you to the URL //ebookstore.sony.com/cardterms, then these terms and conditions do not apply to you. See your Prepaid Card for applicable terms and conditions.

Terms and Conditions of Promotional codes

Last Updated: December 3, 2009
Effective Date: December 3, 2009
Version: 1.3

These terms and conditions of Promotional Codes ("Terms") apply to Promotional Codes (defined above) provided by Sony Electronics Inc. ("we" or "us") or one of our promotional partners through a legitimate promotion involving us or rewards provided by us. These Terms supplement the terms and conditions that apply to the particular offer or promotion through which the Promotional Code is provided.

We reserve the right to change these Terms at any time. In the case of a material change to these Terms, we will replace the "Code Terms" link at //ebookstore.sony.com with a link entitled "Code Terms - Updated XX/XX/XXXX", which will remain for 30 calendar days. Changes will be effective immediately when posted or on the date indicated as the effective date when we post the change.

By redeeming any Promotional Code, you are agreeing to accept and to comply with and be bound by all of the following Terms and those additional terms that may be provided with your Promotional Code:

  • Promotional Codes must be redeemed through an Account with the Service. There is no charge to register and set up a Service eBooks account ("Account"), but you must have an Account to redeem any Promotional Code. Before you register, you may have to download and install at no charge our current Reader software ("Software"), and you must accept and agree to the End User License Agreement ("EULA") regarding use of the Software. You can then complete the Account registration process, and authorize your Sony® Reader device, if applicable.
  • Accounts are subject to the eBooks Terms of Service, available for review at //ebookstore.sony.com/termsofservice.html and the eBooks Privacy Policy available for review at //ebookstore.sony.com/privacy.html, which you must agree to accept in order to complete the registration process.
  • Only residents of the United States and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are of the majority age in the country or Canadian province in which they reside are permitted to have an Account and redeem Promotional Codes, unless otherwise indicated in the terms accompanying the Promotional Code. If you are an individual between the age of 13 and the majority age in the country or Canadian province in which you reside, and you would like an Account or would like to redeem a Promotional Code, then your parent or legal guardian must have an Account on your behalf and must redeem a Promotional Code on your behalf, as applicable.
  • You must redeem your Promotional Code by the expiration date or "redeem by" date provided with your Promotional Code, if any. Then, a credit for downloads or a percentage discount on downloads as stated in the offer or promotion ("Credit") will be placed in your Account. Some Credits may expire if not used by a certain date. If a Credit will expire, the expiration date will be provided with the Promotional Code.
  • Promotional Code and download availability may be limited per individual, Account, household, email address and/or qualifying purchase. See the materials provided with your Promotional Code for such limitations. Please note that such limitations apply per promotional offer and are promotion-specific unless expressly stated otherwise.
  • Credits may be exchanged for products available from the Service in accordance with the terms and conditions provided with the applicable Promotional Code. Please note that certain limitations may exist whereby certain products may not be available for download in exchange for a Promotional Code. Such limitations will be communicated in the terms and conditions provided with the applicable Promotional Code. In addition, it is always the case that depending on your place and country of residency certain products available at the Service may not be available to you for download. There are no representations, warranties or guarantees that any particular eBook or other content will be available from us or the Service at any particular time or at all.
  • The Promotional Codes have no cash value. Promotional Codes may not be exchanged, redeemed or returned for cash refund, in whole or in part, and are void if sold for cash or other consideration. You will not receive cash or a refund for any unused Credit balance. If any download exceeds the value of an available Credit, you must pay the balance through your Account to complete the transaction. We reserve the right to charge a credit card you have provided to the Service for such excess downloads. In the event that a Credit is a discount on eBooks you download from our Service, we reserve the right to charge the credit card you have provided to the Service for the balance of the download purchase price that is not covered by the percentage discount.
  • Promotional Codes will not be replaced if lost, stolen or destroyed and are nontransferable and nonrefundable. If there is or has been (or we have reason to believe there is or has been) any fraudulent activity, unauthorized use or other activity in violation of these Terms or the Terms of Service that apply to your Account, we have the right, without notice or liability, to immediately deactivate and revoke your Promotional Code and any remaining Credits, to close your Account and take any other action permitted by these Terms, as well as the Terms of Service. Please note this may affect any or all downloads you have purchased or downloaded using your Account.
  • Promotional Code redemption and registration for an Account requires Internet access, an Internet connection (broadband suggested) and/or certain compatible equipment, software and communication capabilities which are solely your responsibility. Please refer to the FAQ section of the Service for complete details.

For assistance redeeming a Promotional Code visit the "Help" tab at the Service.

THERE ARE NO WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, WITH RESPECT TO THE SERVICE, ANY PROMOTIONAL CODES, CREDITS OR ANY ACCOUNT, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF TITLE, NON-INFRINGEMENT, MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. IF A PROMOTIONAL CODE DOES NOT FUNCTION, YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY AND OUR ONLY OBLIGATION AND LIABILITY SHALL BE THE REPLACEMENT OF THE PROMOTIONAL CODE WITH A FUNCTIONAL PROMOTIONAL CODE OF EQUIVALENT VALUE. IN NO EVENT WILL WE, OUR PARENT COMPANIES, SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, LICENSEES OR LICENSORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY OTHER REMEDIES OR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND, DIRECT, SPECIAL, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL, EVEN IF ANY SUCH REMEDY IS ALLEGED TO FAIL OF ITS ESSENTIAL PURPOSE, REGARDLESS OF THE CAUSE OF ACTION OR BASIS OF THE CLAIM AND WHETHER OR NOT WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF DAMAGES. Laws in certain jurisdictions do not allow limitations on certain warranties or the exclusion or limitation of certain damages and depending on where you reside, some of the limitations and exclusions above may not apply to you. In all respects, these Terms and the subject matter hereof shall be governed by the laws of the State of New York and the Federal laws applicable therein, without regard to conflict of laws rules. All claims and disputes arising out of or relating to any Promotional Code, Credit or your Account shall be exclusively brought in the courts located in New York County, in the City and State of New York and you agree to and hereby submit to the exclusive personal jurisdiction of these courts and waive any right to object to either the choice of law or to raise any inconvenient forum objections to such courts.

YOU IRREVOCABLY AND UNCONDITIONALLY WAIVE ANY RIGHT YOU MAY HAVE TO A JURY TRIAL.

Terms and Conditions of Credit Offers

Last Updated: December 3, 2009
Effective Date: December 3, 2009
Version: 1.3

These Terms and Conditions ("Terms") apply to Credit Offers (defined above) and Credits (defined below). These Terms supplement the terms and conditions that are included in materials related to an applicable Credit Offer ("Credit Offer Materials").

We reserve the right to change these Terms at any time. In the case of a material change to these Terms, we will replace the "Code Terms" link at //ebookstore.sony.com with a link entitled "Code Terms - Updated XX/XX/XXXX", which will remain for 30 calendar days. Changes will be effective immediately when posted or on the date indicated as the effective date when we post the change

By participating in a Credit Offer or using a Credit, you agree to be bound by all of the following terms and those additional terms that may be provided within the applicable Credit Offer Materials (if you do not agree, do not participate in the Credit Offer or use a Credit):

  • Credit Offers and Credits are only applicable to the Service at //ebookstore.sony.com
  • To participate in a Credit Offer, you must follow all steps communicated in the Credit Offer Materials or within the packaging of your Sony Reader device. For Credit Offers requiring registration and authorization of your Sony Reader device, you must do all of the following on or before the date stated in the applicable Credit Offer Materials: (i) register for a Service end user account ("Account"), which may require you to download the current version of our Reader software ("Software") available at the Service; (ii) accept and agree to the Software End User License Agreement; (iii) accept and agree to the Service Terms of Service (available at //ebookstore.sony.com/termsofservice.html) and Privacy Policy (available at //ebookstore.sony.com/privacy.html); and (ii) authorize your Sony Reader device. Following your successful completion of (i) and (ii) in accordance with these Terms, a Credit will be applied to your Account.
  • Credits will have the value indicated in the applicable Credit Offer Materials, which may include (but is not limited to) any of the following: (i) a dollar value, (ii) a percentage discount, (iii) specific eBooks titles, or (iv) other specific products offered at the Service.
  • A Credit applied to your Account due to your participation in a Credit Offer must be used in its entirety on or before the date specified in the applicable Credit Offer Materials. No exceptions.
  • Please note that certain limitations may exist whereby certain products are not available for download in exchange for a Credit. Such limitations will be communicated in the terms and conditions provided with the applicable Credit Offer Materials. In addition, it is always the case that depending on your place and country of residency certain products available at the Service may not be available to you for download. Credits may not be applied toward previous purchases or purchases of gift certificates, prepaid cards or gift cards. There are no representations, warranties or guarantees that any particular eBook or other content will be available from us or the Service at any particular time or at all.
  • For Credit Offers requiring the purchase of a Sony Reader device, there is a limit of one Credit per Sony Reader device/Account, unless otherwise indicated in the applicable Credit Offer Materials. For other Credit Offers, see the applicable Credit Offer Materials for limits of Credits per individual, Account, email address, qualifying purchase, household, devices, etc. Please note that such limitations apply per Credit Offer and are Credit Offer-specific unless expressly stated otherwise.
  • For Credit Offers requiring the purchase and authorization of a Sony Reader device, you may only register your Sony Reader device at the Service one time.
  • Only residents of the United States and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are of the majority age in the country or Canadian province in which they reside are permitted to participate in Credit Offers, use Credits, and have an Account, unless otherwise indicated in the applicable Credit Offer Materials. If you are an individual between the age of 13 and the majority age in the country or Canadian province in which you reside, and you would like an Account or would like to participate in a Credit Offer, then your parent or legal guardian must have an Account on your behalf and must participate in the Credit Offer on your behalf, as applicable.
  • Credit Offer Materials and Credits have no cash value and may not be substituted or sold for cash.
  • Credits are nonrefundable and nontransferable. Once applied to an Account, Credits may not be transferred to a different account. Credit Offer Materials will not be replaced if lost, stolen or destroyed.
  • If there is or has been (or we have reason to believe there is or has been) any fraudulent activity, unauthorized use or other activity in violation of these Terms or the Terms of Service, we have the right, without notice or liability, to immediately deactivate and revoke your Credits and your right to participate in a Credit Offer, to close your Account and/or take any other action permitted by these Terms, as well as the Terms of Service. Please note this may affect any or all downloads you have purchased or downloaded using your Account. Credits and Credit Offers have no cash value. Credit Offer Materials and Credits may not be exchanged, redeemed or returned for cash refund, in whole or in part, and are void if sold for cash or other consideration. You will not receive cash or a refund for any unused Credit balance. If any download exceeds the value of the Credit available, you must pay the balance through your Account to complete the transaction. We reserve the right to charge a credit card you have provided to the Service for such excess downloads. In the event that a Credit is a discount on eBooks downloads, we reserve the right to charge the credit card you have provided to the Service for the non-discounted portion.
  • Cash refunds for Account Credits are not available with return of a Sony Reader device. We may void Account Credits when an applicable Sony Reader device is de-authorized.
  • A Credit Offer may not be available with the registration of a device that has been previously returned or that is a refurbished product.
  • Credit Offer participation, use of Credits and registration for an Account requires Internet access, an Internet connection (broadband suggested) and/or certain compatible equipment, software and communication capabilities which are solely your responsibility. Please refer to the FAQ section of the Service for complete details.

For assistance redeeming a Promotional Code visit the "Help" tab at the Service.

For assistance with participation in a Credit Offer or for assistance with your Credits, visit the "Help" tab at the Service. THERE ARE NO WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, WITH RESPECT TO THE SERVICE, ANY CREDIT OFFERS, CREDITS OR ANY ACCOUNT, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF TITLE, NON-INFRINGEMENT, MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. IF A CREDIT DOES NOT FUNCTION, YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY AND OUR ONLY OBLIGATION AND LIABILITY SHALL BE THE REPLACEMENT OF THE CREDIT HAVING AN EQUIVALENT VALUE. IN NO EVENT WILL WE, OUR PARENT COMPANIES, SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, LICENSEES OR LICENSORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY OTHER REMEDIES OR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND, DIRECT, SPECIAL, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL, EVEN IF ANY SUCH REMEDY IS ALLEGED TO FAIL OF ITS ESSENTIAL PURPOSE, REGARDLESS OF THE CAUSE OF ACTION OR BASIS OF THE CLAIM AND WHETHER OR NOT WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF DAMAGES. Laws in certain jurisdictions do not allow limitations on certain warranties or the exclusion or limitation of certain damages and depending on where you reside, some of the limitations and exclusions above may not apply to you. In all respects, these Terms and the subject matter hereof shall be governed by the laws of the State of New York and the Federal laws applicable therein, without regard to conflict of laws rules. All claims and disputes arising out of or relating to any Credit Offer, Credit or your Account shall be exclusively brought in the courts located in New York County, in the City and State of New York and you agree to and hereby submit to the exclusive personal jurisdiction of these courts and waive any right to object to either the choice of law or to raise any inconvenient forum objections to such courts.

YOU IRREVOCABLY AND UNCONDITIONALLY WAIVE ANY RIGHT YOU MAY HAVE TO A JURY TRIAL.

Terms and Conditions of Prepaid Cards

Last Updated: December 3, 2009
Effective Date: December 3, 2009
Version: 1.2

Gift Cards, Prepaid Cards and Gift Certificates (collectively, "Prepaid Cards") shall have the following applicable values: (1) if the Prepaid Card was purchased at a retail location, following activation at register, the Prepaid Card will have the value shown on the face of the card, and (2) if the Prepaid Card was purchased online and delivered by U.S. mail or email, the Prepaid Card will have the value shown on the face of the card at delivery. If applicable, taxes must be paid separately (not included). Prepaid Cards can only be used to purchase downloads of eBooks available for download at //ebookstore.sony.com ("Service"). Please note that certain limitations may exist whereby Prepaid Cards may not be used to download certain products available at the Service depending on your place and country of residency. Prepaid Cards have no cash value and are non-transferable and are not redeemable for cash or other gift cards. Prepaid Cards cannot be resold or exchanged. To redeem a Prepaid Card, holder must be a resident of the U.S. or Canada (excluding Quebec) age 13 or older; register at the Service, and open and maintain a free Service account ("Account") (agreement with all terms applicable to registration, maintenance and use of Account required); have certain minimum system requirements; and download and install the free software available at the Service (agreement with EndUser LicenseAgreement required), if applicable. You are responsible for any additional payments required for purchases in excess of the Prepaid Card value redeemed into your Account. Neither we, nor any of our licensors, licensees, or parent or affiliated companies, or our or their employees or agents, make any warranties regarding Prepaid Cards, the Service, Account, or content within the Service, and hereby disclaim all warranties, express and implied, to the fullest extent permissible under law. We reserve the right to change the terms that apply to your Account and Prepaid Cards. Prepaid Cards are void where prohibited or restricted by law. We are not responsible for lost or stolen Prepaid Cards.