It’s a short item.
Look at this enlarged photo.
It has PDA applications on it!
I don’t see any buttons on the front, either.
No word on eBook formats yet.
This is a very strange duck.
I while ago I wanted to read Nam Le’s, ‘The Boat’. It’s currently only available in trade hardback. I haven’t bought a hardback for ages. I don’t like carrying them around and they are comparatively expensive. Anyway, I wanted an ebook version.
At the moment there aren’t that many options, the Kindle is only available in the US and frankly I’m not sure I’d want one. I do, however, have an iPod Touch which makes my commute into and out of London almost fun. It has music, video, games, ebooks and I even write on it.
Then I discovered that Fictionwise stocked ‘The Boat’ and their catalogue was being made available on my favourite iPod Touch ereader – Stanza.
This post is about my experience buying though the Stanza-Fictionwise store directly within the Stanza app itself.
It’s a detailed step-by-step with screensnaps.
Shortcovers is a new digital destination for people to discover and experience their next great read. Both an online and mobile service, it gives readers instant access to the newest books, hottest authors, and most popular magazines and blogs – as well as new content formats and user-inspired writings such as subway novels and fan fiction. It’s not just for avid readers, it’s for anyone who wants the convenience of accessing and reading their favorite content, anytime, anywhere, on the mobile devices they already own.
The merry mobile madmen over at GottaBeMobile have unearthed a lonely eInk eBook reader from Samsung.
And it looks like freehand notes can be scribbled on the screen and it also contains applications of some kind.
I’ve looked all over the Net and can’t find additional information yet.
I’m still studying all the information coming in about the new Palm webOS and Palm Pre phone.
It’s contradictory and nonsensical and I can’t make sense of any of it yet.
I do think it’s the first CloudPhone — and that would have been a better name for it than “Pre,” which Twitter wags have stated:
And while they did not announce any sexy mini-tablet, this is a Social OS, as I stated. And it is the axis around which the Internet revolves. It is a phone for the Nerdi.
I have absolutely no idea what app development for this will be like and so have no clue how this will impact on eBooks. We’ll have to see which developers announce support for it. Fictionwise/eReader, MobiPocket, Stanza? Hello?
Version 1.02, January 8th 2009
* Corrected initial image browser directory from documents directory to Templates.
* Added preflight checker option.
* Added first-line indent and paragraph spacing options to CSS generation, and added styles to the CSS for TOC heading, TOC entries and chapter heading.
* Fixed poor cover image quality problem on Windows.
* Document now marked as modified when changing level and ordering in Files tab.
I’m taking today off from converting The People of the Abyss by Jack London into an ePub eBook using eCub. Monitoring CES news!
There’s at least one big announcement due today, possibly two.
The first …
… is Palm introducing its still-unnamed new operating system, formerly known under the code-name of Nova.
To remind everyone, it was the original Palm Pilot that gave birth to mass-market eBooks, with the creation of Fictionwise and the original Peanut Press (now eReader, and owned by Fictionwise).
I’m hoping this new OS will be the “breakthrough level of innovation” Ed Colligan has claimed it will be.
I want to see Palm succeed again. I want this new OS to inspire Stanza to port to it and allow ePub eBooks to be read on it.
The second news is possibly from ECTACO. I’m hoping for word of a WiFi-enabled jetBook and a demonstration of its upcoming upgrade that will support both MobiPocket and ePub books.
A WiFi-enabled jetBook would be serious competition to the Sony Reader. Remember, the jetBook uses a non-backlight LCD screen. This would provide superior web access than an eInk screen.
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This is what I told them:
Digital Rights Management — commonly known as DRM — is a hindrance to full-ownership of digital media.
1) It prevents buyers from placing digital media on any compatible device they might own.
2) It restricts the number of owned devices such media may reside on.
3) It often restricts the kind of device digital media may be placed on. For example, only Kindle-format eBooks can be read on a Kindle eBook reading device.
4) It leaves buyers at the mercy of DRM servers and DRM schemes which might not persist through the full-lifetime of the purchaser.
5) It is antithetical to the entire definition of “purchase.” DRM at its worst redefines “ownership” to “ownership at-will.”
6) DRM is against the tide of history. Just this week, Apple announced DRM-free music on its iTunes Music Store. This is the way and wave of the future.
7) DRM prevents universal adoption of digital media due to problems with authentication and restriction on types of devices used.
8) DRM is often a way for a company to employ monopolistic practices. It has been said that MobiPocket — an eBook vendor owned by Amazon — will not license its technology unless it enjoys sole DRM presence on a device. This is Restraint of Trade because we have had devices — Palm PDAs and Pocket PCs — which could simultaneously employ MobiPocket *and* other DRM schemes.
9) DRM is an annoyance to legal purchasers and merely a ridiculous challenge to the technically adept. So far, there has not been a single DRM scheme that has *not* be broken.
DRM is not in the best competitive interests of the United States technology industry, not in the best interests of fostering digital goods, and not in the spirit of what is universally and traditionally known as purchase “ownership.”
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Go and give them hell!
An excellent must-read post, but this is the key point for me:
[. . .] [T]o turn books into a fetish is simply to deny learning and access by those who need it most. Real books are great, but let’s not confuse the medium with the content. Just as journalists and newspaper owners fail to realise they’re in the ‘news’ not the ‘newspaper’ business, so book fans and publishers fail to realise that this is about reading, not books.
Emphasis added by me.