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Old 08-05-2008, 06:18 PM   #1
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Why No Secure ePUB Books?

Does anyone know why books in secure ePUB format aren't showing up? BooksOnBoard seems to be the only bookstore selling them. I just assumed that the publishers would sell ePUB formatted books through any store that wanted to sell them. I always doubt conspiracies but I can't understand why these books aren't showing up elsewhere.
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Old 08-05-2008, 06:37 PM   #2
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It's just very new. Give it some time.
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feedbooks.com releases free books in epub format.
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Old 08-06-2008, 04:34 AM   #4
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Standards adoption take time, and grass-roots standard adoption will take even more time (if it happens at all, there is no guarantee). Plus many publishers don't seem all that interested in ebooks at the moment as it is still very much a niche market.

I don't even see why you should mention "conspiracies".

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Old 08-06-2008, 06:02 AM   #5
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How long is it since there's been a popular eBook reader able to handle secure ePub? Two weeks? If a store decides to handle it they'll need to sign contracts with Adobe, install software on their web server which integrates with their on-line store and talks to Adobe's DRM server, etc. It's not a 5 minute job.
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Old 08-06-2008, 06:25 AM   #6
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My only question is price. Until more places start carrying epub I can actually get the lrf version cheaper.

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Old 08-06-2008, 06:56 AM   #7
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My only question is price. Until more places start carrying epub I can actually get the lrf version cheaper.

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Secure ePub isn't really competing with the DRM-free LRF format, is it?
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Old 08-06-2008, 07:25 AM   #8
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In the case of your average fiction eBook, unless the ePub edition is that much cheaper, I'm better off getting it in MS Reader or Mobipocket, stripping the DRM and then converting to LRF.
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Secure ePub isn't really competing with the DRM-free LRF format, is it?
I was not refering to DRM Free versions, I was talking about the few titles available for sale between say Books on board in Epub and The Sony Store.

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Old 08-06-2008, 10:37 AM   #10
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The Sony Store doesn't - to the best of my knowledge - sell LRF files. They only sell DRM-protected BBeB files, which have a ".lrx" extension. "lrf" files are DRM-free.
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Old 08-06-2008, 04:35 PM   #11
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If a store decides to handle it they'll need to sign contracts with Adobe, install software on their web server which integrates with their on-line store and talks to Adobe's DRM server, etc. It's not a 5 minute job.
Thanks Harry. I hadn't thought about having to reconfigure their servers. I was just fretting about whether WEB book shops are avoiding ePUB because it introduces a new level of competition. For example the way Amazon seems to imply that they have any ebook you might want [but only if you buy it from them]. I never meant to suggest a criminal conspiracy.

Patience. Patience. Patience...
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