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Old 12-10-2009, 02:31 PM   #1
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I am thinking about getting one of these readers. I have a couple of questions. Is Barnes and Noble switching over to epub? If yes, does anyone know when? Will the EZ Reader be compatible with it? The sites for books listed on the Astak website seem kind of expensive. Thanks.
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Old 12-10-2009, 03:13 PM   #2
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I am thinking about getting one of these readers. I have a couple of questions. Is Barnes and Noble switching over to epub? If yes, does anyone know when? Will the EZ Reader be compatible with it? The sites for books listed on the Astak website seem kind of expensive. Thanks.
Dear Daisy:

I work for Astak.

Barnes and Noble presently uses their own format (eReader). There was some definite news that they are working with Adobe to make their product compatible with Adobe Digital Editions... but I hear that will be Summer of 2010. SONY has anoounced that they will have their entire library switched over to Adobe Digital Editions in the first months of 2010... and those you will be able to get.

The Pocket PRO uses Adobe Digital Editions now and is trying to add eReader also (the contract changes are the roadblock). This is all for DRM eBooks (the latest titles). All other titles that are non-DRM can make use of the Pocket PRO's 20 non-DRM formats.

Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) is relatively new. Because of this there are a lot of websites in the process of switching much of their library over to ADE. Many new websites will be opening for it and will be announced at the annual CES tradeshow in Las Vegas (January 7-10, 2010).

ADE is the latest format and the greatest. You will notice over the next 2-6 months that a ton of wesbites will convert to it. As such, the Pocket PRO is a perfect choice as you will have SO many formats in DRM and non-DRM available to you! Prices will drop soon with more competition and I know that for a fact!
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Old 12-10-2009, 03:17 PM   #3
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I am thinking about getting one of these readers. I have a couple of questions. Is Barnes and Noble switching over to epub? If yes, does anyone know when? Will the EZ Reader be compatible with it? The sites for books listed on the Astak website seem kind of expensive. Thanks.
For non-DRM books and DRM books using Adobe DRM the EZ Reader will work. Currently this mean B/N ePUB books should work fine. At some point B/N wants to switch to their social DRM mechanism used on eReader files today which B/N also sells. At that point in the future there may need to be a firmware update.

Check our wiki for all sorts of sites for buying eBooks. Generally the entry in the wiki tells the formats available which can be compared to the formats your EZ Reader supports.

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Sony is switching their entire ebook store to ePub tommorrow, see Epub coming to the Sony Store on 11 December. All their ebooks will be readable on the EZ Readers, and also on the B&N Nook. This may be the cheapest single source for US-rights ePub ebooks, although recently they have typically been more expensive than Amazon and B&N (which don't sell Adobe ePub).

Ebooks with DRM from the B&N store are not directly readable on the EZ Readers. B&N does seem to be trying to compete on price with the Kindle Store, and it is possible today to buy B&N ebooks in DRMed eReader format (e.g. for a Windows PC or a Mac) and then strip the DRM so that they can be read on an EZ Reader. In the US, this is probably legal if you bought the ebook and create the DRM-free version for personal use.
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Sony is switching their entire ebook store to ePub tommorrow, see Epub coming to the Sony Store on 11 December. All their ebooks will be readable on the EZ Readers, and also on the B&N Nook. This may be the cheapest single source for US-rights ePub ebooks, although recently they have typically been more expensive than Amazon and B&N (which don't sell Adobe ePub).

Ebooks with DRM from the B&N store are not directly readable on the EZ Readers. B&N does seem to be trying to compete on price with the Kindle Store, and it is possible today to buy B&N ebooks in DRMed eReader format (e.g. for a Windows PC or a Mac) and then strip the DRM so that they can be read on an EZ Reader. In the US, this is probably legal if you bought the ebook and create the DRM-free version for personal use.
Actually at this point in time EZ Reader cannot read eReader files, stipped or not. PalmDoc files can be read but not eReader. Hopefully we'll get the long promised eReader support at some point. It would be nice to have even if the DRM isn't supported yet.

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