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Old 11-25-2007, 08:04 AM   #19
Steven Lyle Jordan
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The problem lies in the fact that everyone seems to think it's alright to continue to author content in a format that has enormous limitations tied to the fact that it relies on a firmware data format that was never intended to be used the way it is now.
Well, not really. It's not that we think Mobi is anything great. But right now, Mobi is the bird in the hand, while ePub is the two birds in the bush. It's that simple. There are plenty of us here who'd love to see ePub become the defacto standard in e-books, hopefully soon.

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So why hasn't Amazon pledged to support (ePub) in the Kindle?
We're pretty sure that Amazon:
  1. Wanted to move on e-books now;
  2. Didn't want to wait for ePub to become a standard;
  3. Is presently unsure about the new format, and whether it will in fact be adopted by anyone else; and
  4. May be too concerned about content lock to want to delve into a universal format anyway.

It would've been nice if Amazon had taken the initiative to drive ePub, but again, they are a commercial entity, devoted to profit, and they clearly made the decisions that they expect will get them the most profit they can.

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What I really wanted to do was convert public-domain XML/SGML versions of ancient Greek and Latin texts into a format that the Kindle could understand so I don't have to carry irreplaceable books around with me.
That's great! Taking that kind of initiative to optimize the Kindle (or any e-book reader) for your use is just what we like to hear around here!
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