Investigating ebook technology and other digital 'contents' for PDA, especially Pocket PC (...and iPod)
(updated April 4, 04)
multi formats one stop
shopping site, include non fiction and exclusive short fictions.
the best free ebook site in several
3. PeanutPress, award winning ebook store
for PDA, friendly DRM solutions.
eSummaries that deliver wisdom. Perfect for PDA users.
5. eBookAd, many indies label are here
Univ. of Virginia
Library, Free ebooks
7. FreeeLiterature dot com,
classics for free
8. Memoware, free documents from
ESSPC, great place to
start your collection (Free)
10.The Online Book Page,
from U.Penn. new
Recommended eBooks from my ebook shelf
(email me for 10%
Don't Know Much About History
Dirty Little Secrets
Killing The Buddha
The Get With the Program! Guide to Fast Food and Family Restaurants
Star Trek Series
Angels and Demons
Holly Bible NIV ed.
Da Vinci Code
Letters to Penthouse XIX
Letters to Penthouse XVIII
7 Keys to Weight Loss Freedom
Against All Enemies
eBook Mail List/Newsgroup:
Pocket PC Links:
iPod Links: new
Pocket PC eBooks Watch - eBook and beyond
Sony's Death Grip
Sony Entertainment's Japanese division announced a new digital rights package called "Label Gate," which would restrict the ways that pre-recorded CDs could be copied. The music companies, scrambling to explain a multi-year slump in record sales, are pointing to an easy target -- piraters. But recording restrictors such as Label Gate are more likely to aggravate legitimate customers than help sales.
The sorts of problems associated with this type of approach are legion. First off, to be able to save the audio tracks on your PC, you have to register online. You are allowed to decode the tracks and save them once. If your PC crashes; if your spouse or child accidentally deletes the tracks; or even if you have more than one PC, you have to pay again to "unlock" the tracks. Worse still, you don't have the option of just buying the tracks you want -- you have to buy them all, at $1.64 apiece. For the average CD containing 12 tracks, that comes to $19.68. Yes, you pay again for a CD you already own.
Second, suppose you have a portable audio device, such as a Nomad or an iPod, and you want to listen to the music there. If you have a PC, then you may be in luck. Mac and Linux users have no recourse, as the CD won't even play in their computers to begin with. The PC user can use the Sony software, register the CD, and save the song files, but they can only be played back via the Sony software. Sony claims you can copy the files to audio devices that comply with the OpenMG DRM technology, but which devices comply and how this is accomplished are unclear. Discuss this at Pocket PC Thoughts
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