Originally Posted by DMcCunney
Which makes me curious about Mobipocket's reasoning.
They provide the reader free for a variety of platforms, includingg PCs, PocketPC/Windows Mobile devices, Palm OS devices, Symbian based smartphones, and Blackberries, most of which can run applications that use other foirms of DRM as well, but won't license thier DRM to hardware vendors who want to embed their app if they intend to support any other form of DRM?
Sounds like an attempt to lock in market share for their DRM protected commercial ebook offerings.
Of course, things might get interesting if the market decides DRM is counter productive and stops applying it...
(I don't expect to see that happen any time soon, mind you.)
What they are doing is supplying source code to vendors to use in their eBook readers. This is what the exclusive license is about. If they did the port for their own benefit is selling eBooks then it is a different matter. All the markets with multiple formats are examples of Mobipocket doing the port themselves.