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Tower of eBabel as a sales-killer: Dear Author gives format advice—and along the way shows babel’s perils

By libertyc
December 14, 2008 // 0 Comments

Dear Author is starting a series on “how to convert ebooks into formats that work on dedicated and multi function devices.” Kindle- and Sony-related posts almost surely will be coming. But today’s tips focus on the eReader format as a destination. Then you can use the eReader [...]

Tower of eBabel in EU’s legal sights? Reportedly wants interoperable DRM for music, films and vidgames. E-books, too?

By libertyc
January 4, 2008 // 2 Comments

The EU reportedly wants interoperable DRM for music, films and vidgames. E-books, too?  While there’s no legislation here, just, er, a friendly nudge, here’s one more reason for the IDPF to get hopping—and for Amazon to look ahead and stop playing DRM/format games with the [...]

A $155 used Web tablet vs. e-books’ Tower of eBabel: Shades of the old Cybook

By libertyc
May 22, 2007 // 6 Comments

Laurent Picard and Michaël Dahan at Bookeen gave the world the Cybook—the late and lamented e-book reader with a booklike leather cover and a 10-inch screen. They valiantly tried to come up with a hardware-software combo to help users survive the Tower of eBabel among major e-book formats. In [...]

Computerworld: Tower of eBabel a major factor in e-books’ failure to score big

By libertyc
April 4, 2007 // 8 Comments

Here, in David Haskin’s CW commentary headlined Don’t Believe the Hype: The 21 Biggest Technology Flops. Quote: “Specifically, the number of potential formats for e-books remains huge—the Wikipedia entry for e-books lists more than 20 formats. It’s not pleasant to [...]

IDPF container format is progress but far from the end of the Tower of eBabel

By libertyc
October 30, 2006 // 0 Comments

The newly released container format from the IDPF is progress but far from a full solution. Read my Publisher’s Weekly article from August for details. Still unresolved are such issues as incompatible DRM schemes and the possibility of excessive use of vendor-controlled standards such as [...]

The Tower of eBabel: Are librarians finally waking up to that—and the e-book price debate?

By libertyc
October 22, 2006 // 0 Comments

Librarians have complained of the Tower of eBabel, but I don’t see them really doing anything about it in a major way—and some publishers show sheer ignorance, as a TeleBlog post noted earlier. Now an LISNews post gives me a little hope. Meanwhile the format issue has sparked a [...]

‘The ‘E’ Doesn’t Stand for ‘Easy to Use”: Tower of eBabel mention on Chronicle of Higher Ed site

By libertyc
August 30, 2006 // 0 Comments

The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Web site is pointing to my Publishers Weekly article on the Tower of eBabel. Great. Academics might also be interested in a standards-related article that OpenReader founder Jon Noring recently co-authored with Prof. Terje Hillesund for a peer-reviewed [...]

My Publishers Weekly essay on the Tower of eBabel

By libertyc
August 28, 2006 // 2 Comments

Publishers Weekly is the trade publication for the book industry in the States. This morning you can go to PW’s site and see my essay, Razing The Tower Of e-Babel: The reason e-books haven’t caught on is simple: they’re too complicated. My pet example comes from the Fairfax County [...]

Tower of eBabel mentioned in Washington Times

By libertyc
August 17, 2006 // 1 Comment

“Before e-books can truly hold up in the mass market…the industry has to agree on standards regarding digital rights management, known as DRM, for consumers to get full use and accessibility from their e-books.” – Washington Times. The TeleRead take: Well, it’s [...]

Tower of eBabel mentioned in Telegraph in U.K.

By libertyc
July 8, 2006 // 0 Comments

“Part of the problem is chaotic packaging: Adobe, Microsoft, Mobipocket, Palm – multi-format (open) or ‘secure’ (encrypted, non-copiable) versions. Another problem is the skittishness of publishers, nervous that digitised texts are easy to pirate.” – The [...]

Standards rot and the Tower of eBabel

By libertyc
July 7, 2006 // 4 Comments

You’ve heard of rotten apples and link rot and a few other kinds. Now here’s another neologism, standards rot. I’m not the very first to use the term. But oh how it will fit the world of e-books if publishers, libraries and other major stakeholders fail to do sufficient [...]

Washington and Franklin vs. the Tower of eBabel: A few reflections on the Fourth of July

By libertyc
July 4, 2006 // 2 Comments

July 4 is the U.S. Independence Day. I live in Alexandria, Virginia, just a few miles from Mount Vernon, home of George Washington, leader of the American Revolution. This is an e-book blog. So I’ll resist a powerful urge to depict America rather accurately as Tory Central right now–out [...]

Tower of eBabel: Horrors at Fairfax County library

By libertyc
June 26, 2006 // 4 Comments

Earlier I praised the Fairfax County Public Library, my favorite system, for experimenting with e-books. I stand by that! Still, I can’t help but notice the FCPL’s eBabel problem, the fault of the ill-managed e-book industry, not the library: 1. So far I can’t get either a Cybook [...]

Tower of eBabel issue persists—with or without the IDPF announcement

By libertyc
June 21, 2006 // 3 Comments

A recent IDPF announcement on e-book formats is helpful–but not nearly as important as the organization’s boosters would have you believe. The group’s container for e-book files is apparently just a quick derivative of one for documents in the OpenDocument Format, and the real [...]

iLiad goes on sale for the invited–in the shadow of the Tower of eBabel

By libertyc
June 17, 2006 // 5 Comments

“English will not change significantly over my lifetime, but file formats certainly will–will any ebooks be able to be read 20 years from now? How about 50?…I’d gladly use it, but only if open, DRM-free books become widely available.” – Prospective iLiad buyer [...]

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