Originally Posted by GlenBarrington
That a periodical publisher has to produce such a widely different version for each device that's out there? Or does the 'store' for each device do all the work?
Just WHO is responsible for making sure a given subscriber gets an appropriate version? Can the benefit of being on a moderately popular reader truly outweigh the costs for a magazine publisher?
Is there a generic non DRM epub version? It would seem to me this "Balkanization" of the eReader market is as bad for content providers as it is for the consumers.
Most newspapers are available through PressReader/PressDisplay for a fixed all-you-can eat monthly price on a device-independent platform.
But the highest profile ones (WSJ, FT, Times, NYT) can make more money by going it alone and taking all of the subscription price, rather than just their share of the PressDisplay subscription. But that means they have to manage their own multiple delivery methods.
It is less of an issue for magazines, where most are available on Zinio, another device-independent platform.