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Old 04-28-2009, 02:33 PM   #1
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Cybook Gen 3 with Epub support on Thursday

The German publisher and web retailer Weltbild (Wikipedia) has announced that it will carry the Cybook and that the Cybook will have support for "DRM enabled Epub". Having looked at the product page, it appears that Mobipocket support has been dropped from the new firmware.

Weltbild also announced that 30,000 ebooks in Epub will be available Thursday, with a goal of 100,000 ebooks to be offered by the end of the year. You can find the press release here.
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Old 04-28-2009, 02:37 PM   #2
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Does that mean that I need to de-drm all my mobi ebooks??????
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Old 04-28-2009, 02:39 PM   #3
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Does that mean that I need to de-drm all my mobi ebooks??????
I would wait at least a month to make sure that there are no find out the problems with the new firmware.
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Old 04-28-2009, 02:40 PM   #4
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Does that mean that I need to de-drm all my mobi ebooks??????
presumably, only if you buy this *new* cybook (and already have mobipocket books with drm). we are still waiting to see what their promised firmware update gives.

of course, this is a problem only because mobipocket insists on being the exclusive drm-format, so if people who use mobi books are (understandably) frustrated, they should maybe let mobipocket / amazon know that.
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Old 04-28-2009, 02:41 PM   #5
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I would wait at least a month to make sure that there are no find out the problems with the new firmware.
I have no use of Epub atm.
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Old 04-28-2009, 02:42 PM   #6
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I have no use of Epub atm.
How about: It's not owned by Amazon. That seems to be a point in its favor.
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Old 04-28-2009, 02:46 PM   #7
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Wouldn't all you need, in the worst case, is two firmware versions to load on as you see fit?
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it appears that Mobipocket support has been dropped from the new firmware.
Perhaps some of the images are old, but the bookshelf image includes the Pocket Oxford Dictionary which is presumably MOBI.
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Old 04-28-2009, 02:50 PM   #10
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This is good, right? I mean, it's either dedrm mobi or dedrm epub. I'd rather remove drm from epub, just because epub is an open format, allows larger image sizes (RE: LOTR ebooks), and doesn't require the reading device to be exclusive to its DRM format. It's pretty much the "new" LIT format.
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Old 04-28-2009, 03:03 PM   #11
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So Amazon has not changed their Mobipocket as the only DRM policy and for Bookeen to add ePub, they have to remove Mobipocket support. It also looks like Mobipocket support is gone and even removing the DRM, you will no longer be able to read them in Mobipocket unless you convert to ePub.

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Does this information carry any implications towards the release of the fw update like that it's going to happen really soon? If I understand it correctly this will be our first opportunity to see the new fw in the wild.
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It also looks like Mobipocket support is gone and even removing the DRM, you will no longer be able to read them in Mobipocket unless you convert to ePub.
Good for ePub on it's way to a defacto standard ebook format.
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If they do drop DRMed Mobipocket format, I hope they keep non-DRM Mobipocket support. But if even that goes, it won't be long before we have a really good Mobipocket->ePUB conversion. Having already de-DRMed my collection, converting to ePUB wouldn't be a great hardship.

I wonder what they'll do about dictionary support.

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So Amazon has not changed their Mobipocket as the only DRM policy and for Bookeen to add ePub, they have to remove Mobipocket support. It also looks like Mobipocket support is gone and even removing the DRM, you will no longer be able to read them in Mobipocket unless you convert to ePub.

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Mobipocket could have taken over as the defacto standard if they had allowed Sony to handle Mobipocket eBooks (with DRM). But they didn't since sony already had DRM on board. Looks like another loss for Mobipocket in the works.
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