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Old 10-26-2007, 02:51 PM   #1
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Hachette Book Group chooses epub

According to this Publishers Weekly item, Hachette Book Group (Little, Brown and Company, Orbit, etc.), has become the first major publishing house to standardize on the .epub format for all of its e-book content.
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Old 10-26-2007, 03:13 PM   #2
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Interesting, hopefully more publishers will support it as well.

Now Sony just needs to get .epub implemented on the Reader.
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Old 10-26-2007, 03:25 PM   #3
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So what this Hachette Book Group has done is make themselves Windows only. Nice job there.
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Old 10-26-2007, 03:32 PM   #4
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So what this Hachette Book Group has done is make themselves Windows only. Nice job there.
I'm not sure I understand. I didn't see anywhere in the article that they were going exclusive .epub and dropping the formats they already do. I'd think it's to early in the format to make that move. Isn't Digital Editions an .epub reader? That's available in Windows & Mac OS, with a Linux version coming. I'll admit I don't know much about the format yet.

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Old 10-26-2007, 03:38 PM   #5
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Uhm, is there already some sort of DRM for epub? As far as I know it's possible, but not in the specs – so what are they using? No DRM at all? That would be great, but not very likely, or would it?
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Old 10-27-2007, 10:50 AM   #6
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Straight from Hachette:

http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/st...4691103&EDATE=

The press release could have been clearer, but it would appear that Hachette is saying to distributors, e-tailers, etc., "Look, we'll give you our books in .epub and you can take it from there."

The release reads: "The new standard will enable Hachette Book Group to produce and send a single digital publication file and ISBN that can be used on any digital platform that is capable of rendering an .epub file."

At first glance this might suggest that something happening directly at the end user level.

BUT as I interpret it, Hachette will essentially be using .epub as a distribution format for other companies, which can then convert it into proprietrary formats with the proprietary DRM so dear to us all (sarcasm alert).

Certainly, the ereads.com blog presents Hachette's .epub as a distribution format: "The underlying message here is that Hachette is telling retailers that if they want to sell in a specific format it is their own responsibility to convert it to that format: Hachette will not burden itself with the cost of producing multiple formats."

See:

http://www.ereads.com/2007/10/major-...new-ebook.html .

For my take in my Publishers Weekly blog, see

http://www.publishersweekly.com/blog...350016435.html

The Hachette move is wonderful news for us standards-oriented type, but it's just a first step.

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Ah, thanks for clearing that up.
I read your take in your Publishers Weekly blog and there was one thing that really concerns me: that the big publishers might convert to epub, but everyone uses a different kind of DRM, which might actually worsen the E-Babel situation. I hope for the best though ...
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Old 10-27-2007, 12:48 PM   #8
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It makes total sense to me. If all of the publishers moved to .epub, the distributor types like Mobipocket, Sony, etc., would only need one standardized set of tools to get from source to final distribution file.
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Old 10-27-2007, 06:17 PM   #9
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OR... the distributor could just sell the ePub file.
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OR... the distributor could just sell the ePub file.
... without DRM.
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... without DRM.
When that happens, I want the down coat franchise for Hades.
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When that happens, I want the down coat franchise for Hades.
It's happening for the music industry. The book industry should be looking forward, not backward.
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