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Old 06-18-2008, 07:08 PM   #1
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O'Reilly to support multi-format e-books, goes ePub

Hot on the heels of this week's annoncement of the Global Reader platform adopting the IDPF ePub standard, O'Reilly's Andrew Savikas revealed today that

- "through oreilly.com we will offer a select number of books as a bundle of three ebook formats (EPUB, PDF, and Kindle-compatible Mobipocket) for a single price -- at or below the book's cover price -- starting in early July."

- "these files (like all our PDFs currently for sale) will be released without any DRM, though we are exploring some custom watermarking options."

- "if you buy the PDF now, you'll receive the EPUB and Mobipocket versions as a free update once they're available in early July."

- "O'Reilly has agreed to sell select ebooks for the Kindle through Amazon."

Despite the fact that at least initially, only a few select titles will be available as multi-format e-books, this news must be the most beautiful music for every salivating e-book junkie. O'Reilly, you go!

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Old 06-18-2008, 07:16 PM   #2
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epub, no drm, multi-format bundle ???? it's like a miracle !! somebody give o'reilly some karma !!!
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Old 06-18-2008, 07:19 PM   #3
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epub, no drm, multi-format bundle ???? it's like a miracle !! somebody give o'reilly some karma !!!
Heh, and you forgot: "for a single price -- at or below the book's cover price".
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Old 06-18-2008, 07:21 PM   #4
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epub, no drm, multi-format bundle ???? it's like a miracle !! somebody give o'reilly some karma !!!
Most Whole-heartedly agreed!

I've run out of space on my PRS-500 many times over already. With the expection of dead tree editions of books that some publishers continue to refuse to convert to electronic format (Wheel of Time, Drizzt, James Clavell) the only books I actually BUY any more are computer books.
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Old 06-18-2008, 07:25 PM   #5
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"these files (like all our PDFs currently for sale) will be released without any DRM, though we are exploring some custom watermarking options."
No DRM - but watermarking. Its safe enough and doesnt annoy your customers. The future is near

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This actually disturbs me a little.
Have faith O'Reilly!
But I agree - its very good news (and another reason to buy their products)
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Old 06-18-2008, 07:35 PM   #6
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No DRM - but watermarking. Its safe enough and doesnt annoy your customers. The future is near
it seems so, doesn't it ? this is very encouraging. let's hope all the other publishers follow their example.
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But I agree - its very good news (and another reason to buy their products)
luckily, i already think they write very good guides, and have bought their books in the past. now i have even more reasons to buy more from them.

and i'm sure they will eventually publish all their titles this way. especially if they sell a lot of the early titles. hint, hint.
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- "if you buy the PDF now, you'll receive the EPUB and Mobipocket versions as a free update once they're available in early July."
OK -- I'm going to take the risk. This is quite an attractive offer.

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Despite the fact that at least initially, only a few select titles will be available as multi-format e-books, this news must be the most beautiful music for every salivating e-book junkie. O'Reilly, you go!
Since I'm trying to become more knowledgeable about XML, Web Services, ATOM, AJAX, and Web 2.0 stuff, I'll bet I can find at least *ONE* book that I want.
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Since I'm trying to become more knowledgeable about XML, Web Services, ATOM, AJAX, and Web 2.0 stuff, I'll bet I can find at least *ONE* book that I want.
I know the feeling! Too bad we only got max 24 hours a day to learn...
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Maybe my interpretation is wrong. Are they saying that more of their catalog will be available on the Kindle than in other formats for other readers?
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Maybe my interpretation is wrong. Are they saying that more of their catalog will be available on the Kindle than in other formats for other readers?
I believe their are specifically supporting the Kindle by offering their titles in the Amazon Kindle Store; but since they're now stressing multi-format e-books, I don't think you'll see more e-books in the Kindle-Mobipocket version than in any other format.
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Hurray! Two days ago I was looking for some stuff I could take with me on my next journey, and thought ... 'oreilly ... why don't they sell mobipocket or something'

Seems there is proof of the theory of Rupert Sheldrake. (http://www.sheldrake.org , read a bit, if you think its nonesense at first glance.)

Now they should get rid of that Safari stuff. I'm curious if there will be something I am going to buy.
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