Originally Posted by QuantumIguana
An industry standard format would be a good thing. The tricky part is getting the companies to agree to which one. I can open up a .DOC file on any computer.
The publishing companies may want DRM, but that doesn't necessarily mean that DRM is a good thing. And it doesn't mean that readers shouldn't object.
Also, there already is
an industry standard -- EPUB. The only one not using it is Amazon. There's also a de facto industry standard DRM (Adobe ADEPT), though that's not technically standardized and EPUB allows for any arbitrary DRM scheme (thus why Barnes & Noble and Apple can use their own DRM schemes with their EPUB books).