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Old 01-17-2017, 06:05 PM   #1
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[Leak/Rumour] Windows Store to sell ebooks (again)?

Speculation is that the addition of ePub support to Edge browser (still only in preview build I think?) has paved the way for this.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/31585...le-ebooks.html

http://www.techradar.com/news/window...-leak-suggests

Wonder if Edge offers (or will offer) offline mode for this content (as Kindle Cloud Reader does). I am not willing to install preview build of Windows 10 to find out, however. I just removed preview build from my Windows 10 Phone as half the apps I wanted to use stopped working...
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Old 01-17-2017, 06:15 PM   #2
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It would have to support some kind of DRM to get many publishers on board so unless the ePub support is based around Adobe's RMSDK we're likely looking at another new DRM scheme (possibly something based around LIT's DRM?).
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Old 01-17-2017, 07:25 PM   #3
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It would have to support some kind of DRM to get many publishers on board so unless the ePub support is based around Adobe's RMSDK we're likely looking at another new DRM scheme (possibly something based around LIT's DRM?).
They don't need to use DRM unless they offer a 'download ePub' option. If you are just reading it in a browser, or in some app derived from that, there's no 'file' as such. E.g. Google Play Books app does not open or download ePub files. Google uses Adobe DRM only if you request file download, and not all books you buy have that option. And you also have B&N, which does not have an official 'download ePub' option at all any more. Yet apparently some people still buy ebooks from them.
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Old 01-17-2017, 09:10 PM   #4
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I believe both Google & B&N still use some sort of DRM in their apps and don't rely on the app in and of itself to be enough to "protect" the books, but you're correct I was more thinking of the book being downloaded.
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Old 01-18-2017, 07:16 AM   #5
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Old 01-18-2017, 12:32 PM   #6
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Old 01-18-2017, 12:57 PM   #7
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Wonder how long it will last before they fold and quietly bury it?
If the ePubs can be downloaded and Alfed, I'd be happy to buy eBooks from Microsoft. Could be a real boon in light of the direction Amazon appear to be taking.
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Old 01-18-2017, 01:18 PM   #8
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If the ePubs can be downloaded and Alfed, I'd be happy to buy eBooks from Microsoft. Could be a real boon in light of the direction Amazon appear to be taking.
My problem is that I believe your "if" is an impossibility. I would really love to be wrong in this case though, because I'm not really liking where the 'Zon is going either.
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Old 01-18-2017, 02:45 PM   #9
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If they limit it to Windows 10, it's no use to me.
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Old 01-18-2017, 05:41 PM   #10
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My problem is that I believe your "if" is an impossibility. I would really love to be wrong in this case though, because I'm not really liking where the 'Zon is going either.
Yeah, you're probably right. But I'm hoping.

Maybe there will be some simple work around. The ePubs are displayed in Edge. Edge can use extensions. Some extension is written to read the code and create a downloaded ePub. My complete ignorance of coding likely makes this naively optimistic...

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Old 01-18-2017, 05:43 PM   #11
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If they limit it to Windows 10, it's no use to me.
Well, it's specifically for the Edge browser which is a Windows 10 exclusive, so...
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Old 01-19-2017, 05:39 PM   #12
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You guys may be right about the direction Amazon is taking with respect to their new Kindle for PC updates but I think it's too soon to call it a direction. I wonder how long it'll take Alf to be able to deal with KFX.

I do have a Windows 10 phone which I only use for audio files, not as a phone, so if the new MS books works on that it might be a bit useful to me. But not as a regular way to read. It might be handy as a second device to keep handy with reference material while I'm reading on my Kindle or regular phone.

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Since MS has come up with some interesting hardware of late, I'd be interested in a MS dedicated e-reader.
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Old 01-21-2017, 09:36 AM   #14
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I don't know that I would jump to Microsoft right away. They left me high and dry with ebooks before. That was my first experience with drm removal. I did manage to liberate my books, but it left some hard feelings.
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I don't know that I would jump to Microsoft right away. They left me high and dry with ebooks before. That was my first experience with drm removal. I did manage to liberate my books, but it left some hard feelings.
ConvertLIT was a lifesaver there.

edit: Getting back to the original topic, looking at the ebook sales/reading with Edge, looks like an online only experience in build 15014.

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