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Old 10-23-2010, 01:29 AM   #1
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New post on Kobo blog about open platform

http://blog.kobobooks.com/2010/10/22...open-platform/
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Old 10-23-2010, 09:04 AM   #2
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Why the Kobo song and dance? This is simple DRM-free policy. Nothing revolutionary, even the Amazonians offer publishers that DRM-free option (though the Big Five choose to opt out). And Sony and B&N are heavily promoting their sparklingly new 'share books' policy, which makes absolutely no difference to those publishers that always opt for DRM-free ebooks anyway. Promotional hype under pressure from frustrated readers and decent publishers is all this is. It's not altruistic choice so much as facing market reality, thanks to the likes of ebook readers on the MR boards. Neil
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Probably market share and having a sideways swipe at the Amazon walled garden.
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The whole idea of books on the dedicated device is maybe too new
for the planet. One layer is the book itself, with all formatting and
ways to stop reader to handle it, except with left foot and the tail.
Another layer is ereader. With all formatting and ways to stop reader
to handle it, except with lips and right index. I expect vanilla reader
to come pretty soon, probably from one well populated country. It
might manage epub files only, in it's basic form. No frills, no smoke
on the horizon. Would people get it? If good enough, I would. Who
should sell books without any further control? I don't know. If it
lives long enough, every device could use the same algorithm for
display. For bookmarks and all details people like.
One size that fits all is not good for anybody, but the mess of formats
and content control is even worse. I'm pretty interested what people
on the forum think as the best possible solution.
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Old 10-23-2010, 10:40 AM   #5
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I doubt that one size fits all will ever be realised. People want different things for their ereaders.
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Old 10-23-2010, 10:57 AM   #6
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I doubt that one size fits all will ever be realised. People want different things for their ereaders.
Agree. Speculation serves to go further, when no road to go ahead.
Socrates was much worse than I am, so be happy he's not around.
Seriously, I found the way to handle it all. More people did not. Some
of them maybe would never.
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Old 10-23-2010, 12:51 PM   #7
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Why the Kobo song and dance? This is simple DRM-free policy.
No, there's a little more than song and dance here. This is not the first post that Kobo execs have written passionately about an open platform.

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Our open platform means you can own a Sony or Nook reader and buy books on kobobooks.com. You can take advantage of great coupons and promotions we offer on an ongoing basis, and simply transfer your books onto your Sony Reader or Nook just like you were shopping from their stores.
Imagine that: Kobo mentions the competition by name, welcoming those customers to bring their existing readers and enjoy the benefits of Kobobooks.

Kobo puts some muscle behind their words: they have an app for several other devices: Android tablets, iPad, Blackberry, Android phone, iPhone, PCs, Mac and even Linux -- not mention other devices like the Literati. They have deals to sell the Kobo ereader at Borders but also sell at Walmart. They've striven to build local content for at least four English-speaking markets.

Yes, Amazon has done most (but not all!) of these things too ... exclusively for Kindle format. And Amazon generates $30 billion in annual revenue. Kobo, on the other hand, launched its ereader less than six months ago and sells it in stores in Canada, US, NZ and Australia. It's book catalogue is extensive and growing. Kobo is determined to be a major player internationally and has made many right moves. Sure, there have been growing pains -- they could support smaller publishers better but they ARE a tiny gnat relative to Amazon and resources take time to build.

Within the context of today's industry, it's hard to argue that Kobo is not doing everything it can to embrace openness.
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Old 10-24-2010, 12:24 AM   #8
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Imagine that: Kobo mentions the competition by name, welcoming those customers to bring their existing readers and enjoy the benefits of Kobobooks.
I reread all posts, including blog mentioned and found small guy
struggling for his life. Supporting other vendors is maybe the only
way to stay on feet. As I see most posters getting their books from
more than one source, it is the best solution for them. While the
ereader proves it's quality and the owner does not have to buy the
same book twice or three times, nothing to complain about.
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