Originally Posted by wallcraft
So if the UK publishers stick to their ePub-only and DRM-mostly strategy, then FictionWise's plan to add ePub to eReader Readers (including eReader-like DRM) starts to make very good sense. Anyone who wants to stick around in the ebook market has to have an ePub strategy, and it probably has to include a unique DRM scheme for their particular reader.
If Fictionwise comes out with a new DRM scheme for ePub, it's only going to confuse the market that's already confused enough. We don't need to add another layer of confusion and incompatibility. The idea is to have one ePub edition and everyone be able to purchase it who can handle ePub with DRM. Then we'll work on getting rid of the DRM. But for now, Adobe's DRM is what we have and should stick with. Do you want purchasers to purchase ePub from Fictionwise just to find they've wasted their money? We have comanies saying they plan on adding ADE and do you really see them wanting to abandon ADE for ePub with eReader? It would also mean that anybody with such devices could not borrow library ePub. Overall, if Fictionwise does what they said they are planning, then it's going to be a bit hit for epUb and the format could then be less popular. I say leave well enough alone.