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Old 03-12-2008, 11:03 AM   #46
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Personally, if Sony stopped their support of the Reader tomorrow, it wouldn't bother me one whit, since I so far haven't purchased any content from them. Fictionwise has been my source for E-Books for years, and I expect they will continue to produce Sony format books for multiformat books even after Sony drops it. I also tend to pick up a lot of free books from various sources.

It is going to be interesting to see what happens when Adobe gets into the market and what kind of support they get. If they do things right, they could very well create a standard themselves, and maybe make some of these formats obsolete. It could be a boon for Sony owners, especially since they seem to be working with Adobe.

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Old 03-12-2008, 11:07 AM   #47
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Have you emailed amazon before they actually announced and started to sell Kindle with the same type of questions?
I bet you didn't because if you did you would have gotten exactly the same response as you got from Sony.
The great thing was that I didn't HAVE to. Because Amazon made sure that all the info you needed was out there. You didn't have to email them or go digging around for info because they made sure that their info was out there. And in mainstream areas, not just techie places that the average person might not know about or visit.

But I can say that every time I have ever emailed Amazon about anything, they have answered me, so I'd say that if I'd needed to email about the Kindle, I'd have gotten some kind of an answer even if only a "don't know at the moment"--not dead silence.
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It is going to be interesting to see what happens when Adobe gets into the market and what kind of support they get. If they do things right, they could very well create a standard themselves, and maybe make some of these formats obsolete. It could be a boon for Sony owners, especially since they seem to be working with Adobe.

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Adobe are already heavily into the eBook market. I wouldn't called PDF a "boon" for anyone. It's pretty much the worst possible eBook format.
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Old 03-12-2008, 12:18 PM   #49
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The great thing was that I didn't HAVE to. Because Amazon made sure that all the info you needed was out there. You didn't have to email them or go digging around for info because they made sure that their info was out there.
No. It was not out there. It appeared only when they actually started to sell the gadget. The same is applicable to Sony. From the moment they announced the reader and started to sell it all the info was out there.
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Old 03-12-2008, 12:22 PM   #50
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Don't tell me I am going to have my Sony Mini Disc experience all over again...

I guess that is why I try to avoid DRM'd content from Sony, for books or music.
Why is it most of you seem to FORGET that Amazon has caused a BAD EXPERIENCE with eBooks in the past. They screwed over untold number of people when they dropped eBooks from their sales and no longer allowed redownloading of purchased content. Sony has no bad reputation for eBooks. But Amazon SURE DOES!
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Old 03-12-2008, 05:19 PM   #51
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Why is it most of you seem to FORGET that Amazon has caused a BAD EXPERIENCE with eBooks in the past. They screwed over untold number of people when they dropped eBooks from their sales and no longer allowed redownloading of purchased content. Sony has no bad reputation for eBooks. But Amazon SURE DOES!
Valid point. Even given that, I do trust Amazon more than Sony and have had better dealings with them through the years.

The real lesson for me is only to buy DRM'd books in formats that allow its removal.
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Old 03-12-2008, 05:57 PM   #52
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Why is it most of you seem to FORGET that Amazon has caused a BAD EXPERIENCE with eBooks in the past. They screwed over untold number of people when they dropped eBooks from their sales and no longer allowed redownloading of purchased content. Sony has no bad reputation for eBooks. But Amazon SURE DOES!
Just to be Devil's Advocate for a sec. Yes, Amazon had a bad experience with ebooks in the past. So maybe they have re-entered the market because they are sure it will work this time. I'm thinking Amazon remembers their bad experience much more clearly than we do, since they probably lost money on the deal.

Seems like they they might have figured out a way to do it right this time.

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Old 03-12-2008, 06:52 PM   #53
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Why is it most of you seem to FORGET that Amazon has caused a BAD EXPERIENCE with eBooks in the past. They screwed over untold number of people when they dropped eBooks from their sales and no longer allowed redownloading of purchased content. Sony has no bad reputation for eBooks. But Amazon SURE DOES!
I haven't forgotten which is why I didn't buy anything with the idea I'd keep it permanently. Of course if I can remove the DRM then I'm happier to spend even more money on books because then it's up to me how long I keep them.
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Old 03-12-2008, 07:21 PM   #54
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I actually got screwed myself.... that being said, this is a pretty different situation and I've DEFINITELY been screwed by Sony many times so... eh.
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Old 03-13-2008, 12:12 AM   #55
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Adobe are already heavily into the eBook market. I wouldn't called PDF a "boon" for anyone. It's pretty much the worst possible eBook format.
If you call shoehorning a document publishing format into the eBook realm being "heavily into" the market. Fact is, PDF has always been a poor fit for eBooks, and everyone knows it.

When they make a real effort there, it could be big.

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