http://cebooks.blogspot.com Investigating ebook technology and other digital 'contents' for PDA, especially Pocket PC (...and iPod)

Search This Blog


Search eBooks


TOP 10 ebook sites
(updated April 4, 04)
1. FictionWise,
multi formats one stop shopping site, include non fiction and exclusive short fictions.
2. BlackMask, the best free ebook site in several formats.
3. PeanutPress, award winning ebook store for PDA, friendly DRM solutions.
4. Execubook, eSummaries that deliver wisdom. Perfect for PDA users.
5. eBookAd, many indies label are here
6. Univ. of Virginia Library, Free ebooks
7. FreeeLiterature dot com, classics for free
8. Memoware, free documents from volunteers.

9. ESSPC, great place to start your collection (Free)
10.The Online Book Page, from U.Penn.

5 Recommended eBooks from my ebook shelf
(April 04)
(email me for 10% off coupon)

1. Don't Know Much About History
2. Dirty Little Secrets
3. Killing The Buddha
4. The Get With the Program! Guide to Fast Food and Family Restaurants
5. Flirt Coach

Pocket PC eBooks
Bestseller List
(Jan-Mar 04)

1. Star Trek Series
2. Angels and Demons
3. Holly Bible NIV ed.
4. The Da Vinci Code
5. Deception Points
6. Letters to Penthouse XIX
7. Letters to Penthouse XVIII
8. Resolutions
9. 7 Keys to Weight Loss Freedom
10. Against All Enemies


Affiliated Links:
eBooks References:
eBookWeb (dead?)
eBook Softwares:
eBook Reader:
Push Information
Mazingo dead
eBook Mail List/Newsgroup:
Pocket PC Links:
iPod Links: new
Other Links:
 About Me:
since 1/30/01
This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?

Pocket PC eBooks Watch - eBook and beyond  


Microsoft and e-book standards: The 1998 line
TeleRead reminds Microsoft about their aspirations in 1998:
For Electronic Books to succeed, tens of thousands of titles must be available immediately upon release of the Electronic Book devices. Publishers are willing to provide content if a standard file format and content structure exists into which they can write their content as well as a digital rights management system that can protect their content. Companies that understand this will work quickly and aggressively to correct this by developing electronic book standards with the correct content structure as well as content protection features."
TeleRead then complain that there still isn't a consumer e-book standard. The question to me is how far such standards should go.
A standard is a law and just like the laws of the society, too detailed rules makes life difficult to live. We seldom see committees produce good standards - more often committees kill the spirit of good ideas by adding suffocating rules. Good ideas usually come from single outstanding individuals, not committees. Apologies to the many who do their best to improve our lives in committees - I do appreciate your effort, but often the best thing to do is to stop regulating and go home. (And that applies to governments as well!)
Generally the KISS ("Keep It Simple Stupid") principle works best and produces the cheapest products!

posted by Jorgen permanent link