At the ACP/BNC ePub Boot Camp in Toronto – check Twitter #BookCamp (I got the name wrong last night at the airport, but now we’re all using it) for more! Will post on this tonight.
B&N inches closer to ebook distribution by forming a partnership with RIM, maker of the Blackberry. Ebooks on your crackberry, people!!!!
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Teleread reports that B&N.com has bought Fictionwise for $15.7 million:
The actual transaction is notable for who did not buy Fictionwise: a company like Amazon or Ingram that might have ended Fictionwise’s nonDRMed multiformat releases…[T]this could also be good news for the ePub standard, which will be the core format for a reinvented eReader.
What’s more, if the Pendergrasts’ vision remains, eReader will be available for Linux, complete with DRM capabilities for publishers that insist on “protected” books.
The fact that Amazon or Ingram didn’t buy Fictionwise also could be good news for Stanza and other e-reader vendors interested in licensing Fictionwise’s DRM.
Of all the major DRM systems, tthe one in Fictionwise’s eReader softare could well be among the gentlest, allowing you to copy a book to an unlimited number of your own devices–unlike systems from, say, Mobipocket.
Fictionwise DRM uses encrypted credit card numbers as a way to discourage copying.
All good things. And an encouraging sign from B&N that they are not ignoring this market.
The Times reports that Amazon has released an iPhone app that will allow you to add your Kindle books to your iPhone for those times when your Kindle is not available and you still want to read your stuff. Early reports from a listserv I belong to are saying that it’s not QUITE up and running yet, but when it is, I’ll give this feature a bit of a review.
Today I was privileged to go to the funeral service of one of the book industry’s most wonderful people. Stanley Greenfield, founder of Dial-A-Book, had been ill for several months and passed away over the weekend. Today his family and close friends payed a great tribute to him, eulogizing his forward-thinking, his enthusiastic nature, his great love for his wife Betty and his children and grandchildren, and his incredible curiosity and peripatetic intellect.
For those who want to reach out to Betty, condolences can be sent to her at 4439 Waldo Avenue, Riverdale, NY, 10471 – or email her at .