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Old 11-14-2009, 03:08 AM   #1
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Barnes and Noble format?

I understand that the format of ebooks sold on the Barnes and Noble website is similar to eReader.
How similar is it? Will it work on my palm pilot with the ereader application? Does it have DRM? I'd like to buy a book from them but the obscurity with which the format is described on their website makes me reluctant.
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The books do have DRM for the most part, but they are standard eReader books and should work on your Palm OS device. This may change when B and N switches over to epub, but for now you are good.
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Thanks for your answer!

I think I'll soon drop the annoying book I'm reading and rush and read The handmaid's tale, which is only available at their site in a format I can read.
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Thanks for your answer!

I think I'll soon drop the annoying book I'm reading and rush and read The handmaid's tale, which is only available at their site in a format I can read.
Post the "annoying" book in the Anti-Read thread.

Handmaid's Tale is excellent! and don't miss Oryx and Crank and The Year of the Flood.
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Old 11-16-2009, 04:47 PM   #5
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Can I load Barnes and Noble eBooks onto my Sony 505? If so, how do you do that?

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Old 11-16-2009, 04:53 PM   #6
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Can I load Barnes and Noble eBooks onto my Sony 505? If so, how do you do that?

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I presume you mean EReader format. The official answer is no. The Sony does not support that format (nor does any other reader I'm aware of). The only way to read them on Sony is to strip the DRM off and convert them to another format that is compatible with the 505.
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But isn't BN going to switch to ePub. And, if so, will their books then work on the Sony?
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But isn't BN going to switch to ePub. And, if so, will their books then work on the Sony?

I think that remains to be seen because they are supposedly including the "lending" concept which may require updated ADE software....
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Old 11-17-2009, 12:43 PM   #9
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But isn't BN going to switch to ePub. And, if so, will their books then work on the Sony?
Yes. Initially for the Nook only, but presumably ePub will be on available for all B&N supported platforms eventually. However, B&N will be using "social DRM" (credit card name and number) on their ePubs. This will be available via mobile Adobe Digital Editions to all licensees (i.e. device vendors) next year, but Sony does not typically update ADE very often (if at all) on their devices and they are not obligated to implement B&N's DRM. So the bottom line is that B&N DRMed ePubs will be Nook-only for now and perhaps limited to a few device types forever.
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I am just guessing here, of course, but I suspect Sony will end up implementing it because, let's face it, Sony sells hardware. Sony's bookstore has never really challenged Amazon in its selection, and with B&N entering the race, I can easily see Sony building readers with multiple compatibility, in the hopes that people who shop in many places will see Sony readers as their 'universal' reader.
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The B&N DRM system is, as far as I can tell, going to be built into Adobe's ePub reader SDK.

So if the new SDK handles B&N's DRM and if Sony use the new SDK and if Sony release a firmware upgrade for the 505 that includes the new SDK, then the 505 will work with B&N ePub.

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I can see this working in the U.S., but seeing as B&N have no presense in the U.K. (and quite probably other countries), what's the incentive for all the non-U.S. bookstores to switch?

I can't think there is any. Sounds like we are likley to have two flavours of epub DRM floating around the globe causing a a lot of confusion. I can't see Waterstones making the switch as long as Adept DRM is still available just because B&N no longer use it.
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The B&N DRM system is, as far as I can tell, going to be built into Adobe's ePub reader SDK.

So if the new SDK handles B&N's DRM and if Sony use the new SDK and if Sony release a firmware upgrade for the 505 that includes the new SDK, then the 505 will work with B&N ePub.
That's how I see it also. B&N DRM for Epub being built into Adobe ADE so the user will have the option of buying books with either DRM scheme...

Unless of course if the hardware manufacturer decides not to implement both....
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