Originally Posted by Alpha_Cluster
I think inevitably Amazon will adopt ePub and do what Sony did on Friday. I mean even Apple switched to selling MP3's. The real question is how long would it take them to write a comparable renderer to Adobes (actually probably could write one better from what i have heard about Adobes) as I doubt they really want to pay Adobe.
What you're paying Adobe for isn't really the renderer - it's the DRM system and use of their DRM servers. The ePub rendering isn't really the issue - it's basically just HTML, and not hard to render.
Unfortunately, if Amazon were to adopt ePub, but not
not use Adobe's DRM system we really wouldn't be any better off - we'd still have an incompatible format. One of the problems with ePub is that DRM isn't part of the defined standard; anybody can bolt their own DRM system on to ePub and still call the result "ePub", even if no other software than their own can read it.