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The Advantage of the Walled Garden
February 4, 2014 | 12:00 pm

walled gardenThis article from GoodeReader, via today's Morning Links, highlights an important advantage to the walled garden approach: stability. The issue is that with the reliance on other products, company’s services can be eliminated or changed at the whim of product changes beyond your control. In this case, Adobe will be changing the way they handle DRM, and any device vendor who does not issue a firmware update once the change rolls out will leave their customers with crippled devices that can't read Adobe-encrypted books. Given that Amazon is the only major vendor that doesn't sell encrypted epub, that is potentially...

Morning Roundup: Author as business owner, How can I self-publish my book? and more
February 4, 2014 | 8:21 am

author as business ownerAuthoring is a Business (AuthorU) As an author, do you think of yourself as just the author? And wear only the author hat … most likely, you would rather be writing. *** How Can I Self-Publish my Book? (Lifehacker) It used to be that self-publishing meant paying huge fees for small print runs. The thriving eBook market makes it easier than ever to self publish, but what's the best way to go about it? If you've got some advice, jump in and help out a fellow reader. *** Adobe Has Killed eReaders (GoodeReader) Unless thousands of app developers and e-reader companies update their firmware and programming, customers...

Adobe’s change of DRM could end old e-readers’ compatibility with e-book stores
February 3, 2014 | 5:27 pm

Here’s a story Nate covered over on The Digital Reader, that could be important in months to come. Adobe is changing up its DRM format, and as of July, will stop supporting the old format altogether. Any new EPUB e-books sold with Adobe DRM on them will be incompatible with older readers unless they have been upgraded. This really is a pretty big deal. Pretty much every e-reader sold besides Kindle and Nook used Adobe ADEPT e-book DRM. (And I seem to recall even Nook could support ADEPT DRM even though B&N used a slightly different DRM format for...

Adobe Sees Steady Growth in Digital Magazines
May 8, 2013 | 3:29 pm

Magazines have taken a hit over the years on sales in the marketplace. But we’re talking about physical magazines, the ones where you leaf through actual pages. Companies have moved toward digital magazines as a way to get consumers back, and even find new ones. According to research by Adobe, which produces the software that most professional print and digital magazines are created with, the outlook is positive. “The momentum we’re seeing in digital publishing is that publishers are actually able to make money off these magazines,” Lynly Schambers-Lenox, Adobe’s group product marketing manager for digital publishing, told TabTimes. “They are coming...

What does the popularity of 7-inch tablets mean for the publishing industry?
November 24, 2012 | 4:38 pm

Amazon Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD, tablets  By James Sturdivant | for Publishing Business Today In September, Amazon announced several new tablets, including the 7-inch and 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD, which, along with Microsoft's new Surface tablet, are expected give Apple's iPad mini a run for its money this holiday season. Appearing along with the Kindle Fire HD at launch were new tablet editions of Better Homes & Gardens, Reader’s Digest, National Geographic, and several Condé Nast titles, all powered by Adobe's digital publishing software and optimized for the Fire's 4G LTE wireless and Wi-Fi, HD display, high-performance processor and dual stereo speakers. Publishing Business Today asked Lynly Schambers-Lenox, Group Product Marketing Manager, Digital...

What Is Adobe DRM and How to Deal with It, by Piotr Kowalczyk
March 7, 2012 | 8:43 am

Nook Simple Touch Nook Simple Touch is supported with Adobe DRM Before you start buying books in a particular ebookstore, check what kind of DRM is used there. DRM (Digital Rights Management) is intended to prevent from unauthorized use. To put it simply: it means you can’t freely share the ebook file you bought. No matter how insane it sounds, we have to live with that. For instance, if you shop in Kindle Store, you can only access your ebooks via devices and applications developed by Amazon. If in iBookstore – via iBooks/iTunes. Both vendors are using their own DRM systems. That means: you can’t read Kindle...

How-to: Authorize the Device with Adobe ID, by Piotr Kowalczyk
February 17, 2012 | 9:45 am

Adobe Digital Editions - authorize computerMany ebook distributors use Adobe DRM – not only popular ebookstores like Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google, and Sony, but also a lot local level vendors. We have to live with the fact that Adobe DRM-ed ebooks can be used on a limited number of devices. In the worst case scenario, if you don’t authorize the device with Adobe ID, you will be able to read the book only on that device. It’s because the downloaded file can’t be associated with any ID, therefore it can’t be opened on devices with: (1) no ID, (2) different ID. If you want to have more control and flexibility,...

InDesign to Kindle conversion guide
January 4, 2012 | 8:44 am

Adobe logo From the Adobe Digital Editions blog: Today, we’re posting a how-to guide that explains how to convert eBooks authored using Adobe InDesign for compatibility with the Amazon Kindle and the Kindle Store. Because Amazon uses their proprietary AZW format, the Kindle doesn’t natively support the open EPUB standard. However, with a bit of open source software, it’s fairly easy to convert the EPUB files exported with InDesign into the Amazon-compatible MOBI format. Converting InDesign documents for Kindle compatibility requires the following steps: 1. Export InDesign document to EPUB2. Convert EPUB to Amazon-compatible MOBI format3. Preview on Kindle device (optional)4. Upload to Amazon store For...

PDF readers for iOS
October 24, 2011 | 10:31 am

Images From Planet PDF comes word of Kdan Mobile releasing an updated PDF reader for iOS: Kdan Mobile, a developer of mobile applications, has released version 3.8 of PDF Reader, a major update to its powerful mobile PDF application for iPhone and iPod Touch. The new version includes a new user interface, optimized annotation tools, PDF form-filling capability, support for new file types and it integrates with online storage applications Kdan's PDF Reader has the following key features: Powerful file viewing engine Supports various file formats including RAR, ePub, CBR and CBZ File transfer capabilities through WiFi, USB and Cloud storage Document...

Kobo could be best international e-reader
October 16, 2011 | 11:59 am

At FutureBook, “namenick” has a post explaining why he sees Kobo as being much better-suited than Amazon or Apple for international expansion. In short, Kobo has much better international content availability. Where Amazon has been opening separate stores for various different countries and languages (most recently a French store), Kobo makes all content for all languages available from the same store. One example which shows why Kobo is ahead of iBookstore or Kindle Store – Smashwords. Books from Smashwords are theoretically available at Kindle Store, Kobo and iBookstore. The deal with Amazon doesn’t seem...

The horrible state of mobile publishing
October 10, 2011 | 9:48 am

Images That's the title of an article in Infoworld by Galen Gruman.  Here's an excerpt: The age of the mobile reader is upon us, thanks to iPads, Kindles, and smartphones. So why is it so hard to create mobile content? There's a shocking lack of tools to craft books, monographs, magazine articles, white papers, and other content for use on mobile devices for the ePub format deployed in e-book reader apps such as Apple's iBooks and's Kindle, much less for the kind of scalable presentation seen in the few good magazine and newspaper apps like...

Does anybody know: what is the cost of Adobe DRM?
September 23, 2011 | 10:15 am

Images Received the following email from Gary Young: Most of the eBooks that I buy these days are “protected” with DRM using the Adobe Adept system. Does anyone know how much this adds to the cost of a single copy of an eBook? Obviously, Adobe wants to make money, and they will charge publishers a fee for the right to use their DRM software. How much is that fee? ...