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Old 07-26-2012, 09:40 AM   #31
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So you'd prefer that the device maker had one "favoured" reading app, and didn't allow the installation of any others, would you? Competition law might have something to say about that!
Err, where did I say that?
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You didn't, but StoryEnthusiast, whose post I quoted, did.
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Old 07-26-2012, 10:20 AM   #35
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So you'd prefer that the device maker had one "favoured" reading app, and didn't allow the installation of any others, would you? Competition law might have something to say about that!
I don't see why.
That is exactly the case with all eInk readers, and with the Nook Color.
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I don't see why.
That is exactly the case with all eInk readers, and with the Nook Color.
But they aren't sold as open devices. It would be a very different matter to have one manufacturer's reader and no other on an open device.
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But they aren't sold as open devices. It would be a very different matter to have one manufacturer's reader and no other on an open device.
That seems a bit chicken and egg.
The Nook Color isn't open because it only supports one reader application, and because it only supports one reader application, it isn't open. The Nook Color does support the installation of a limited number of non-reading applications from B&Ns own app store.
If, for example, Amazon had chosen not to allow the installation of any competing reader apps, there would have been no competition problem, you would just categorise the device as not-open instead.
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That seems a bit chicken and egg.
The Nook Color isn't open because it only supports one reader application, and because it only supports one reader application, it isn't open. The Nook Color does support the installation of a limited number of non-reading applications from B&Ns own app store.
If, for example, Amazon had chosen not to allow the installation of any competing reader apps, there would have been no competition problem, you would just categorise the device as not-open instead.
The nook is a dedicated B&N device, sold for the primary purpose of buying and reading content from B&N's store.

When I say that it could fall foul of anti-competition laws, I'm thinking of things like Microsoft being fined for bundling Internet Explorer with Windows, which was deemed to be unfair to other browser suppliers.
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So you'd prefer that the device maker had one "favoured" reading app, and didn't allow the installation of any others, would you? Competition law might have something to say about that!
Hope the mistaken identity is cleared by now. No, what I'm suggesting is for device makers to provide a basic set of inhouse and 3-rd party e-reader software on their device so consumers don't have to download and install them themselves.
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Hope the mistaken identity is cleared by now. No, what I'm suggesting is for device makers to provide a basic set of inhouse and 3-rd party e-reader software on their device so consumers don't have to download and install them themselves.
This would only confuse most users. With iOS's limitations, if you buy/download a book with one app you have to remember which app it was and start this app to read it, unless you know enough to start fiddling with DRM and swapping files between apps. As already mentioned, I think most people are happy enough with iBooks. If you need more or better functionalities, you can download more apps, that's how the iPad works for everything, why should it be different for reading apps?
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