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TeleRead“iRex recently negotiated with Amazon.com, but the online bookseller decided to develop its own closed eBook system, to be introduced next month. ‘We couldn’t agree on a deal, because the iLiad uses open formats such as PDF and HTML, and Amazon wanted a solution that resembled Apple’s iTunes, which isn’t open either,’ a spokesman told The Register.” – Here, in an article also reporting on the use of iLiad as a newspaper reader in France. Photo is of Kindle prototype.

The TeleRead take: So the Kindle, or whatever it’s called, is apparently still on track? Great! Not-so-great is Amazon’s eagerness to herd the entire world into its proprietary Mobipocket format. You already know about the DRM-related fun I’ve had with Mobi. While I love the Mobipocket Reader’s ergonomics, I hope that the company will eventually switch to the IDPF standard. Publishers need to speak up. How ironic that competitors are successfully learning on Apple to use a less closed approach—while Amazon goes in the opposite direction on its e-book site. Time for Amazon’s e-book folks to pay heed to the company’s music side and drop use of DRM? If nothing else, Amazon should give customers the option of paying a little more for e-books in a standard, nonDRMed format so customers can buy books to own for real.

Related: Defective by Design (via MobileRead).

 
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