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Old 05-14-2008, 11:19 AM   #1
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I am trying to live blog the Sony tech announcement. Let's see if this is possible on my Kindle. Could another mod clean this up when I am done.

No sales numbers. They are expanding promotions. Also they say that they will still focus on travelers as core customer. EPUB demo!! He used the library functions of DE. DE recognized the 505. He sent ePub files to the 505. And now he is reading the ebook in ePub on the 505.

He avoided giving a date of availability. He demoed PDF reflow, but gave no date of availability.

I followed up on availability. They would not give a time frame.
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Old 05-14-2008, 11:43 AM   #2
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Ezoanding! I have no idea what it means, but I gotta write this awesome word down.
Too bad they can't promise any dates but DE connectivity does sound pretty sweet.
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Old 05-14-2008, 12:39 PM   #4
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If possible, can you ask them if this will be supported on the PRS-500... or will it require the 505?

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Old 05-14-2008, 12:41 PM   #5
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EPUB support! Hopefully the rendering software is more capable and more robust than the LRF renderer.
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Did they showcased advanced layouts too ? Using the XSL-FO extensions that Adobe added to the standard ?
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Old 05-14-2008, 02:29 PM   #7
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If you google "ezoanding", this thread is the TOP hit!!

...nah, it is the only hit, lol. But thanks for the great report Nate. Now I am praying that they bring epub to PRS-500 users as well. Although knowing Sony, I am not optimistic at all.
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Old 05-15-2008, 12:25 AM   #10
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If possible, can you ask them if this will be supported on the PRS-500... or will it require the 505?

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Only the 505.
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Old 05-15-2008, 04:07 AM   #11
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I wonder why people are getting so exciting about this DE issue.
It is just another DRM...

I will follow my MS lit path.
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I wonder why people are getting so exciting about this DE issue.
It is just another DRM...

I will follow my MS lit path.
I'd rather use a DRM that can work on multiple devices and that is available for a large number of online stores, than a DRM that works strictly on PRS devices and is only available on Sony's store.

It's true that with LIT you can easily remove the DRM though... CSS and embedded fonts in ePub will enable better looking books on the other hand.
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I'd rather use a DRM that can work on multiple devices and that is available for a large number of online stores, than a DRM that works strictly on PRS devices and is only available on Sony's store.

It's true that with LIT you can easily remove the DRM though... CSS and embedded fonts in ePub will enable better looking books on the other hand.
I would not buy Sony's LRF books even if they were DRM free.
What if I want to buy CyBook in 3 years? Then all my LRFs go to recyling bin including hard yearned money I paid for them. No chance.
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I would not buy Sony's LRF books even if they were DRM free.
What if I want to buy CyBook in 3 years? Then all my LRFs go to recyling bin including hard yearned money I paid for them. No chance.
True, that's why we need an open standard.

I agree that the best solution from a consumer perspective would be DRM free ePub, but unfortunately, content providers are not ready to remove DRM yet (it'll happen one day, take a look at the music industry).
In the meantime I'd rather use a DRM format that's not linked to a specific store or device (Kindle & Amazon or Sony & eBookStore are good examples of what a consumer should avoid).
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