First: from the ever-so-sexy Shelf Awareness newsletter:
Sony will announce that it will sell e-books only in the open ePub format and will scrap its proprietary anticopying software in lieu of Adobe software that restricts how often e-books may be copied, the New York Times reported. As a result, e-books bought for the Sony Reader will be readable on most other e-book readers, except for Amazon’s Kindle, which operates on a proprietary format. Later this year, Sony will introduce a new e-reader that allows wireless downloads of e-books a la the Kindle.
The New York Times article from 12 August has a great quote from Allan Weiner from Gartner, who says
there is one more company that must declare its allegiance to either an open or closed world for e-books: Apple.
If, as expected, Apple soon introduces a tablet computer that can function as a reading device, and if it embraces an open standard like ePub, Amazon will have to reconsider its closed approach, Mr. Weiner said.
“If you see some Adobe executive up on stage with Steve Jobs when they announce the tablet, at that point Amazon has a lot to worry about,” he said.
Mega whopping high-fives and kudos to the IDPF, who long championed the ePub format. I wonder if this means that Steve Potash will allow questions at Digital Book 2010 as to whether publishers can or will unify behind the .epub format?
Way to go Sony, and way to go IDPF.
And for extra more bonus good news: the IASPR Conference, currently underway in Brisbane, Australia, received some excellent television coverage from ABC. My favorite part: the reporter’s voice over when she said, “Don’t sneer.”
Damn right, don’t sneer. I’ll punch you in your ePub.