Here’s a bright spot on the horizon for every romance fan with a Sony eReader. The company just announced that they will drop their own proprietary eBook format in favor of ePub. Reports the New York Times:
…some publishers and consumer electronics makers are aiming to give e-book buyers more flexibility by rallying around a single technology standard for the books.
Not only great news for readers, but it will help Sony take on Amazon and the Kindle in the marketplace.
On Thursday, Sony Electronics, which sells e-book devices under the Reader brand, plans to announce that by the end of the year it will sell digital books only in the ePub format, an open standard created by a group including publishers like Random House and HarperCollins.
Sony will also scrap its proprietary anticopying software in favor of technology from the software maker Adobe that restricts how often e-books can be shared or copied.
That’s just one step on the road to industry-wide standardization of eBooks, but it goes a long way toward leveling the playing field, not just for readers, but eBook romance authors, as well, who will then be able to connect with more potential buyers of their books.