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Sony announced Thursday that the new iteration of its Reader digital book will be able to read electronic books published in the .epub file format, a file type gaining acceptance among major trade book publishers, many of whom have committed to begin publishing forthcoming e-books in the format. Beginning in August, the new PRS-505 Reader model will support .epub files as well as Adobe eBooks with digital rights management technology and have the capability to reflow standard text-based Portable Document Format e-books, the company said.
This is great news. Long overdue. But can it really be true that the Sony Reader will accept encrypted ebooks from a public library? Palm devices have done so for a long time, but none of their devices are very good for ebook reading.
It seems there is always a catch-22 no matter what the claim. Who knew that the printed word would be the last media form to become widely available. Let it be true!