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One (open) device replaces Kindle, Nook, Borders, etc...
#1  recycledelectron 07-23-2010, 07:52 PM
I noticed several years ago that every ebook seller offered some program for Microsoft Windows to let you read their ebooks on a PC.

That meant that if you wanted to read everyone’s ebooks, you needed a PC. The problem, of course, was that PCs were not as handy as dedicated ebook readers.

I gave up on DRMed books and went with a $200 7” ARM-based tablet. It read the non-DRMed books.

Then I was checking the web site for my tablet, and learned that if I installed the latest version of Andorid on it, I could read almost all the commercial, DRMed ebooks.

ONE READER CAN READ JUST ABOUT EVERYONE’S EBOOKS! It seems to me that if one device could replicate a Kindle, a Nook, and a few other devices…that news should have been a big headline.

Lately, a new standard has emerged from the publishers of DRMed ebooks: Android.
Amazon’s Kindle books can be read on an Android device: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...droid+standard
Barnes & Noble’s Nook books can be read on Android Devices:
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...droid+standard
even Border’s books can be read on Android Devices.

Android appeals to publishers because they can keep their content locked inside their own executables. (I have DRM, but I will have to deal with it to get some books in the foreseeable future.)

How much longer before major text book publishers (e.g., Course Technology, Mcgraw Hill, Prentice Hall) adopt Android? If they did, we would have a very usable standard. Students and avid readers could buy their own Android-based reader, or Windows-based PC and read everything they wanted. Content would have been separated from the hardware (at last!)

When Jeff Bezos introduced the Kindle, he said it was a stop-gap to get Amazon into the ebook market until the ebook reader (hardware) market matured. I think it has.

So, is the ebook Tower of Babel we’ve all been dealing with over? Can we finally buy any Android tablet and read whatever we want?

Did anyone cover this?

Andy
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#2  wodin 07-23-2010, 08:15 PM
So, all you Android app devs, how about a library app that searches the SD card for ebooks, and knows which app to call for which book.

It would be a real PITA to try to remember which format a particular book is in so I'd know which app to open.
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#3  Nate the great 07-23-2010, 09:48 PM
We were already at this point several years ago with Windows Mobile. All of the major formats had an app for WinMo. Then Microsoft had to go a and ruin it, and then everyone stopped developing for WinMo.
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#4  kjk 07-23-2010, 10:05 PM
Yes, both Android devices and Apple devices can now read almost all DRM'ed content, thru different apps.

But that's not the same as one app reading all DRM'ed content. Which would mean one standardized interface and one library/storage. We aren't there yet.
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#5  recycledelectron 07-23-2010, 10:50 PM
Quote kjk
Yes, both Android devices and Apple devices can now read almost all DRM'ed content, thru different apps.

But that's not the same as one app reading all DRM'ed content. Which would mean one standardized interface and one library/storage. We aren't there yet.
True. It's not a common file format, but it is a common platform.

It's not perfect, but it's a start.

Likewise, it's not a world without DRM, but it is a world with DRM I think I can live with.

Now, I need the textbook companies to start supporting it.

I also need to create a table for what formats & OSes what publishers support. I prefer a common format, but a common platform at least lets me survive for now.

Andy
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#6  EowynCarter 07-24-2010, 04:38 AM
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So, is the ebook Tower of Babel we’ve all been dealing with over? Can we finally buy any Android tablet and read whatever we want?
No. Will be over the day every shop uses the same format.

Can you load you own ePub into the borders or B&N apps ?
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#7  murraypaul 07-24-2010, 07:20 AM
Quote recycledelectron
ONE READER CAN READ JUST ABOUT EVERYONE’S EBOOKS! It seems to me that if one device could replicate a Kindle, a Nook, and a few other devices…that news should have been a big headline.

Lately, a new standard has emerged from the publishers of DRMed ebooks: Android.
Amazon’s Kindle books can be read on an Android device: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...droid+standard
Barnes & Noble’s Nook books can be read on Android Devices:
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...droid+standard
even Border’s books can be read on Android Devices.
This is also true of the iPad, so hardly breaking news?
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#8  HarryT 07-24-2010, 07:45 AM
Quote recycledelectron
ONE READER CAN READ JUST ABOUT EVERYONE’S EBOOKS! It seems to me that if one device could replicate a Kindle, a Nook, and a few other devices…that news should have been a big headline.

Lately, a new standard has emerged from the publishers of DRMed ebooks: Android.
With the very greatest respect, Andy, that's a little disingenuous, given that exactly the same thing could be said about the iPad, too. Both the iPad and Android are "open systems" in terms of being able to read pretty much anyone's DRM system.
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#9  EowynCarter 07-24-2010, 08:00 AM
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Both the iPad and Android are "open systems" in terms of being able to read pretty much anyone's DRM system.
No. Android is open. IOS4 is close source, proprietary. So are the software for kindle, B&N and so on.
"Open", means using a format everyone can use. (That uses a free licance).
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#10  HarryT 07-24-2010, 08:03 AM
That's why I put "open" in quotes. I meant that they are "open" in the sense that you can install whatever application you want on them, as opposed to dedicated reading devices where you're stuck with the reading software that the manufacturer supplies, and can't install any other.
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