Unfortunately, I think all of these e-book formats require special reading software, which is likely to be inaccessible to the blind because of piracy concerns. when I bought an e-book from Amazon some years ago, it was in a completely locked-down and inaccessible pdf format, and amazon simply said they didn't care when I complained. they offered to give me my money back, but they weren't open (then) to discussions about an accessible version. Chip ------------------------------ Chip Orange Database Administrator Florida Public Service Commission Chip.Orange@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (850) 413-6314 (Any opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Florida Public Service Commission.) > -----Original Message----- > From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of K4NKZ Jim > Sent: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 12:33 PM > To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > Subject: [tabi] [4your info] (Public Domain) E-Books will be > available through Barnes & Noble and Son > > http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/21/technology/internet/21book.h > tml?_r=1&th&emc=th > > Barnes & Noble Plans an Extensive E-Bookstore > By MOTOKO > RICH<http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/peopl > e/r/motoko_rich/index.html?inline=nyt-per> > Published: July 20, 2009 > The New York Times > > Four months after acquiring an e-book retailer, Barnes & > Noble<http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/business/companies/ba > rnes-and-noble-inc/index.html?inline=nyt-org>, > the world's largest chain of bookstores, is starting its own mega > e-bookstore on its Web site, BN.com<http://BN.com>. > > In an announcement on Monday, Barnes & Noble said that it > would offer more > than 700,000 books that could be read on a wide range of > devices, including > Apple<http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/business/companies/ap > ple_computer_inc/index.html?inline=nyt-org>'s > iPhone<http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/sub > jects/i/iphone/index.html?inline=nyt-classifier>, > the BlackBerry and various laptop or desktop computers. When > Barnes & Noble > acquired Fictionwise in March, that online retailer had about > 60,000 books > in its catalog. > > More than 500,000 of the books now offered electronically on > BN.com can be > downloaded free, through an agreement with > Google<http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/business/companies/g > oogle_inc/index.html?inline=nyt-org> > to provide electronic versions of public domain books that Google has > scanned from university libraries. > Sony<http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/business/companies/son > y_corporation/index.html?inline=nyt-org> > announced a similar deal in March to offer the public domain > books on its > Reader device. > > Barnes & Noble is promoting its e-bookstore as the world's > largest, an > implicit stab at > Amazon.com<http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/business/compani > es/amazon_inc/index.html?inline=nyt-org>, > which offers about 330,000 for its > Kindle<http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/sub > jects/k/kindle/index.html?inline=nyt-classifier> > device. Currently, Google's public domain books cannot be > read on a Kindle. > > The number of e-books available on BN.com compares with 1.2 > million in stock > that can be bought in print form from the company's Web site. > > A further one million books can be ordered from BN.com in the > print-on-demand format. > > William J. Lynch, president of Barnes & Noble.com, said the > company would > continue to sell e-book versions of best sellers and new > releases - defined > as a new e-book for the first six months of its availability > - for $9.99. > That charge has become the de facto e-book price since > Amazon.com set it for > Kindle sales. > > E-book pricing has become one of the most delicate topics in > book circles. > Publishers are concerned that by selling new books at such > low prices, > e-book retailers will undercut sales of hardcover editions, > which average > about $26, and eventually erode publisher margins. > > "The pricing policies won't remain static," Mr. Lynch said in > an interview. > "We're working with our publishers on various pricing models. > As the pricing > model evolves over time, we will adjust." > > David Young, chief executive of the Hachette Book Group, the > publisher of > blockbuster authors like James Patterson and Stephenie Meyer, > was cautious > about Barnes & Noble's latest step. > > "I'm thrilled that another major player is entering the > fast-emerging e-book > market," Mr. Young said. "But I remain deeply concerned that our most > valuable front-list titles are being sold at mass-market > paperback prices," > he said, referring to the small format paperbacks that > usually come out a > year after a hardcover is released. > > Barnes & Noble also announced an upgraded version of its > eReader software > that users could download free from its Web site, making it > possible to read > any e-book bought on BN.com on various devices. Electronic > books bought at > BN.com cannot be read on Sony's Reader or on the Kindle. > > The retailer also said that when Plastic Logic released its > electronic > reading device in early 2010, Barnes & Noble would operate a > bookstore for > e-books that would work on the new device. Mr. Lynch declined > to say whether > Barnes & Noble would sell the actual device. > > Sales of e-books remain small , but are growing fast. > According to a survey > by the Codex Group, a book marketing research company, 4.9 > percent of books > sold in May were in digital form, up from 3.7 percent in March. > > Sarah Rotman Epps, a media analyst with Forrester > Research<http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/business/companies > /forrester-research-inc/index.html?inline=nyt-org> > in Cambridge, Mass., said BN.com was unlikely to dent > Amazon.com's Kindle > sales. > > "I don't think they will be stealing market share from > Amazon<http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/business/companies/a > mazon_inc/index.html?inline=nyt-org>," > Ms. Rotman Epps said. "If anything I think they are > contributing to the > growth of the whole category of digital reading." > > She added that as more consumers begin reading digital books > on phones and > other mobile devices, it made sense to market to those > readers as opposed to > those who are buying dedicated reading devices like the > Kindle or the Sony > Reader. > > ------------------ > from the guy that knows nothing about everything,and everything about > nothing > K4NKZ Jim Ardin email: k4nkz@xxxxxxxxxxx > > Check out the TABI resource web page at > http://acorange.home.comcast.net/TABI > > to unsubscribe send a message, containing a subject line of > the word unsubscribe, to tabi-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > > > > if you'd like to unsubscribe you can do so through the > freelists.org web interface, or by sending an email to the > address tabi-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word > "unsubscribe" in the subject. > Check out the TABI resource web page at http://acorange.home.comcast.net/TABI to unsubscribe send a message, containing a subject line of the word unsubscribe, to tabi-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx if you'd like to unsubscribe you can do so through the freelists.org web interface, or by sending an email to the address tabi-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject.