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Old 09-13-2006, 02:43 AM   #61
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Either that, or they just have very good speculative manual writers ;-)
It doesn't cost that much to make changes to a manual, you know. A manual might look more or less ready for printing, and still undergo a month of daily (mostly stupid) changes. It depends how fine they thread (or at least that's the idiom in Spanish!), and how much money they got to burn.
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Old 09-13-2006, 06:28 PM   #62
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Speaking of DRM content and new machines, MicroSoft is introducing a new player this year that is not compatible with their old "Plays For Sure" format. Thus all the people who bought DRM music must now buy it again.

Edit: Mobi may well still be available for other readers to implement. Amazon is in the business of selling content, the more readers that can use Mobi, the more content they can sell. It will be a matter of implementing uniform DRM restrictions more than anything else. Apple on the other hand is in the hardware business and maintains iTunes as a service and a selling point for the iPod, it is not their main line business.

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MS is abandoning PlaysForSure. Well, I don't know that they have said that, but there is no PFS on the new Zune and DRM content wrapped in it won't run on the Zune. So, it seems like its days are numbered.
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Old 11-23-2006, 02:04 AM   #65
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I really don't care how it looks, so long as it works, is relatively inexpensive, and is available for purchase in Canada. Looking at the manual (thanks for posting the link to it), it looks like the Kindle allows for text searching, which is a feature I was wishing for in the Sony Reader. In two different places, it lists file types it will open, and the lists are not the same. So long as it opens .pdf, .rtf and .txt, Kindle is looking like one of my preferred choices so far.
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I really don't care how it looks, so long as it works, is relatively inexpensive, and is available for purchase in Canada. Looking at the manual (thanks for posting the link to it), it looks like the Kindle allows for text searching, which is a feature I was wishing for in the Sony Reader. In two different places, it lists file types it will open, and the lists are not the same. So long as it opens .pdf, .rtf and .txt, Kindle is looking like one of my preferred choices so far.
I agree. As long as it's cheap and I can actually buy it (I'm in Canada too), then it can look like anything it wants (short of eating babies and spitting pea soup)
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