Originally Posted by fjtorres
The article is factually correct.
The epub "standard" that allows consumers to buy epub books is owned lock, stock, and barrel by adobe. They control the DRM, the back-end servers, the reader software, and the file creation software. For all intents and purposes, epub is what adobe says it is, not what the nominal spec says.
I disagree. The non-DRM portion of the standard is definitely not "owned", and, at worst, mildly influenced (through their contribution to the standardization body) by Adobe.
If one assumes that DRM for ebooks will follow the fate of DRM for music (that is, disappear), the de facto
Adobe control of the DRM side of ePub is time-bound, as well.
I couldn't care less about Adobe's control of the DRM ePub's.