Sony, Google take on Kindle with public-domain eBooks

By on March 20, 2009, 5:23 PM
In what can be seen as a strike against Amazonís Kindle electronic book reader, Google has announced it will make more than half a million public domain books from its digitization project available for free Sonyís eBook store. The move gives Sony customers more than 600,000 titles in the open ePub format to choose from and puts some pressure on the much-hyped Amazon Kindle, whose library totals 245,000 books and only supports the proprietary AZW format or unprotected .mobi books.

Amazon has mentioned it is open to more formats but, for the time being, the Kindle even lacks proper support for the PDF format Ė it is possible to convert these files to AZW but for a fee. Google was also quick to emphasize the need for openness in the eBook market and said the partnership with Sony is not exclusive.

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animekid said:
Well, it's certainly nice to be the first to leave a comment. As a not so early adapter of the Kindle, I have looked at Sony's E-Reader and when I went to their home page, first off information about the reader's service and content availability was scarce and almost non-existant.Second, my uinderstanding is that you have to first but the unit, and then go to a seperate download site to get content via a usb download.Third, I do not have the time for all of that, especially when you can go to the Kindle store, find what title your looking for and just download it in all in just a few seconds and your done and on your way to reading your selection.And frankly, I am not all that interested in " Public Domain " books anyway, and of course I am also a loyal Kindle owner anyway, so all I see here is some healthy competition and that Sony and Google are worried that Amazon's Kindle is aquiring a Stranglehold on the E-Book market..and notice that Apple has worked with Amazon and added a " Kindle App " to their ITunes store...I have not heard anything about Apple doing anything with Sony's reader...have you?
Badfinger said:
Can't handle .PDF files? Ouch that's bad, very bad and the first thing I'd fix.
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