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Old 12-07-2009, 09:34 PM   #1
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Epub coming to the Sony Store on 11 December

Sony just announced a definite date for the Epub switchover. The announcement also mentioned that the Sony Ebook Store will be renamed to the Reader Store, with a new site address: http://readerstore.sony.com.

Next week will also bring an update to the Sony Library software. v3.1 will add support for Windows 7 and Mac OSX 10.6.

As of 11 December, LRX files will no longer be offered for download. The only files available will be DRMed Epub. If you're one of the PRS-500 who hasn't upgraded to the Epub firmware, back up your ebooks before it's too late.


Thanks to Anemic Oak for also reporting this!

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Old 12-07-2009, 09:41 PM   #2
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Just got my email notice on this:

http://ebookstore.sony.com/promotion...nce_email.html



We are proud to announce the following changes:

New Name — Reader™ Store

Starting December 11th, The eBook Store from Sony will become Reader™ Store. You will be able to find us at our new address, readerstore.sony.com. While our name may be changing, all current features including the availability to purchase thousands of popular eBooks will remain the same as will our commitment to expanding our selection and offering great prices.

New Format — EPUB

As part of our commitment to providing an open format solution to our customers, we will now offer our entire inventory of eBooks in the EPUB format. EPUB is an open eBook format with a layout that is optimized for the Reader™ and your computer. You will still be able to read, access, and transfer any eBooks you have previously downloaded. However, any new purchases or re-downloads of previously purchased titles will now be available only in EPUB.

New Reader™ Library — Version 3.1

Also available on December 11th will be Reader™ Library software version 3.1 for the PC and Macintosh. With the new Reader Library 3.1 software, you will be able to take advantage of all the great EPUB content on Reader™ Store. In addition to several enhancement and performance improvements, the update will include:

* Support for the soon-to-be released Reader Daily Edition™
* Support for Windows 7 and Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) Operating Systems.

As a result of these changes, The eBook Store from Sony will be unavailable for a short period of time starting Thursday, December 10th at 2:00pm PST. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience. Please visit the Reader™ Store on December 11th to download the new Reader Library 3.1 software and browse for your next great read!



Thank you,

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Well, I hope their commitment to offering great prices doesn't stay the same - it needs to change for the better.
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Old 12-07-2009, 10:03 PM   #4
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I am of two minds on this: I applaud Sony's adoption of the open, albeit DRMd, ePub format, but I hope they will get fixed the "full justification" issue. It is only a slight annoyance, but an annoyance none the less.

- oh, and the page number in the right margin issue.

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Old 12-07-2009, 10:12 PM   #5
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New Name — Reader™ Store

Starting December 11th, The eBook Store from Sony will become Reader™ Store.
Do they think they are going to trademark the word "Reader". I'm not quite sure that will fly.

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Old 12-07-2009, 10:21 PM   #6
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Which method of DRM will their store use?
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Which method of DRM will their store use?
Adobe Adept social DRM, ie not the Adobe Adept ID DRM.

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Old 12-07-2009, 10:27 PM   #8
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Adobe Adept social DRM, ie not the Adobe Adept ID DRM.

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It will be Adept.
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Do they think they are going to trademark the word "Reader". I'm not quite sure that will fly.

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I was curious so I did a trademark search at the USPTO. Here's the query:
http://tess2.uspto.gov/bin/showfield...h=Submit+Query

and it turns out Sony has three trademarks on the word 'Reader', two in the hardware reading devices category and one in the software reading applications and 'online retail store services featuring electronic books and electronic book reading device' categories. The joys of being a big corporation with lawyers...

http://tess2.uspto.gov/bin/showfield...4010:6i964.7.1

http://tess2.uspto.gov/bin/showfield...4010:6i964.7.2

http://tess2.uspto.gov/bin/showfield...4010:6i964.7.3

Btw, that last TM is going to be published for opposition starting tomorrow, so Amazon, B&N and others have 30 days from tomorrow to file an opposition if they think it's worth their time!

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Old 12-07-2009, 10:35 PM   #10
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I am of two minds on this: I applaud Sony's adoption of the open, albeit DRMd, ePub format, but I hope they will get fixed the "full justification" issue. It is only a slight annoyance, but an annoyance none the less.

- oh, and the page number in the right margin issue.

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If it has proprietary DRM it is not Open.
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Old 12-07-2009, 11:08 PM   #11
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=X= , it is my understandng that ePub is an open format which can (and often does) contain a DRM layer on top of it.

But this may be techno semantics, depending on your perspective.

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-- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EPUB
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and it turns out Sony has three trademarks on the word 'Reader', two in the hardware reading devices category and one in the software reading applications and 'online retail store services featuring electronic books and electronic book reading device' categories. The joys of being a big corporation with lawyers...
Yes, but by using the ™ instead of the ® tells me this hasn't been registered so is still open to review by the trademark board.

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Um, the real question is, is this version of ePub the version that has already been cracked? I have a friend with a Sony Reader I'd like to lend a couple of books to.
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Um, the real question is, is this version of ePub the version that has already been cracked? I have a friend with a Sony Reader I'd like to lend a couple of books to.
It has to be. They can't update the DRM until they update the Adobe DE software. Thay haven't done it yet.
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It has to be. They can't update the DRM until they update the Adobe DE software. Thay haven't done it yet.
The question is: will this work with your current Adobe ID or will you have to register a new one? If the latter, can you download your books using Adobe DE or must you use Sony Ebook Library? If you must use SEL, then the current scripts won't work because they won't generate adept key from e SEL. Will the Sony software work with non-Sony readers? If not, what is the point of changing the DRM? LRF, IMO, looks better, so it would actually be a decrease in quality for no gain.
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