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Old 09-20-2006, 12:10 PM   #16
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Besides, the e-Ink corporation has to want as many buyers for the product as they can manage, so they'd certainly be unhappy if PVI started trying to sell monopolies.
funny I was under the impression than eink was into the monopoly business; at some time I read about Phillips having the "rights for Europe" and then I generalised. I mean, patent law is about monopoly, isnt it?
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Good point, arivero. I don't know how that 'rights for Europe' works, perhaps it's a timed thing?

And you are quite correct that e-Ink controls the patent on, um, e-ink. And I suppose you could argue that Sony couldn't have a monopoly on e-readers, because of all the other e-readers (i.e. eBookwise, et.al.) already out there.

And you're also correct that monopolies don't really apply to the discussion -- I was too quick in my post, and didn't think it out like I usually prefer to do, sorry.

Maybe Sony just isn't afraid of the competition. From the looks of the Kindle, I think I wouldn't be.
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Old 09-20-2006, 01:18 PM   #18
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Old 10-03-2006, 01:12 PM   #19
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FYI, the FCC photo's are a prototype of the Kindle. The ugly finish and putty color is a function of the plastic used to prototype the product enclosure. This allows them to make minor changes in the shape up until the production run. The final product will look quite different from these photographs.

The main issue for me is incompatible DRM between Sony, Amazon, Panasonic et al. My paper library doesn't suffer from this problem. Committing to one ebook DRM system now means you cannot easily switch in the future. It's difficult to understand why the vendors will not promote a common DRM standard in the same way they did for DVD's. The chances of creating a proprietary iPod like system for ebooks is slim.

The comments about e-ink rights and patents don't make any sense to me. Why wouldn't PVI sell e-ink display components to all parties?
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