Another one for epub

According to the New York Times, Sony has announced that it will now be selling e-books only in ePub format – seems like ePub is now the mp3 of reading:

On Thursday, Sony Electronics, which sells e-book devices under the Reader brand, plans to announce that by the end of the year it will sell digital books only in the ePub format, an open standard created by a group including publishers like Random House and HarperCollins.

Sony will also scrap its proprietary anticopying software in favor of technology from the software maker Adobe that restricts how often e-books can be shared or copied.

Pretty well only leaves Amazon not supporting ePub (apart from via Stanza which it owns, of course). Of course Amazon is the elephant in the room and will no doubt be hoping that its kindle/amazon ecosystem for books works as well as Apple’s ipod/itunes ecosystem for music. The difference is, of course, that the ipod could play mp3 format files without any problems – kindle needs workarounds to deal with ePub…


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