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Old 09-29-2009, 01:53 PM   #1
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Sony Opens Up eBook Platform to Self Publishers

Sony Opens Up eBook Platform to Self Publishers

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Sony announced a partnership with Smashwords and Author Solutions Tuesday which will allow any author to upload a book to their eBook Store, giving self-published writers unprecedented access to the ubiquitous point-of-sale marketplace that is the e-reader.

Sony’s eReader division — which runs second in the market to Amazon Kindle — will only vet content for hate speech, plagiarism, improper formatting or public-domain books offered by another other than the legitimate author. Other than that, they deny nothing.
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Old 09-29-2009, 01:54 PM   #2
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Public Domain books do not have legitimate authors.

Edit: Not ones into breathing air, anyways.

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Old 09-29-2009, 02:19 PM   #3
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"will only vet content for hate speech, plagiarism, improper formatting or public-domain books offered by another other than the legitimate author. Other than that, they deny nothing."

Is someone actually going to read and correct typos before selling them? Or just make sure they are ePub?
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Old 09-29-2009, 02:26 PM   #4
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"will only vet content for hate speech, plagiarism, improper formatting or public-domain books offered by another other than the legitimate author. Other than that, they deny nothing."

Is someone actually going to read and correct typos before selling them? Or just make sure they are ePub?
Just make sure the file has the ".epub" extension, I would guess based on past performance...

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Old 09-29-2009, 04:14 PM   #5
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I guess by improper formatting is that they mean there is issues with the file, or something else that makes it difficult to read.
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Old 09-29-2009, 04:54 PM   #6
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"will only vet content for hate speech, plagiarism, improper formatting or public-domain books offered by another other than the legitimate author. Other than that, they deny nothing."

Is someone actually going to read and correct typos before selling them? Or just make sure they are ePub?
They'll make sure the file converts to ePub and can open. They may (or may not) fix things like "half-inch column of text with 1" borders on the PRS device" or "whole book is in 36 pt type; eight words on a page."

They will not fix typos; those aren't "formatting" errors.
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Old 09-29-2009, 05:31 PM   #7
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Sony’s eReader division — which runs second in the market to Amazon Kindle — will only vet content for hate speech, plagiarism, improper formatting or public-domain books offered by another other than the legitimate author. Other than that, they deny nothing.
Where did Wired get this information?
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