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Book News for Thursday, August 13, 2009

  • Open E-Season: You know how when you buy eBooks from Amazon, they come in a format you can only read on a Kindle or compatible iPhone app? And how that's kind of sucky for people who don't have those devices?

    Well, the New York Times reveals that the Sony eReader is going the opposite direction:

    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.

    After the change, books bought from Sony’s online store will be readable not just on its own device but on the growing constellation of other readers that support ePub. Those include the Plastic Logic eReader, a thin device that has been in development for nearly a decade and is expected to go on sale early next year.

    No word yet on whether Sony also plans to violate its customers' privacy and delete the titles from their eBook devices without their permission whenever it feels like it.

  • Big Wheel Keep On Turnin': November 3rd is the publication date of The Gathering Storm, the twelfth book in the late Robert Jordan's bestselling epic Wheel of Time series (co-written by Brandon Sanderson).

    In this epic novel, Robert Jordan's international bestselling series begins its dramatic conclusion. Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, struggles to unite a fractured network of kingdoms and alliances in preparation for the Last Battle.

    As November storms toward us like an unstoppable army of Uruk-hai charging the walls of Helm's Deep, Dragonmount has a PDF document chronicling the characters and plot updates. Meanwhile, Tor.com is rereading all eleven of the books in the series, offering handy recaps and analyses.

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The views and commentary posted by Brockman are entirely his own, and are not representative of the whole of Powell's Books, its employees, or any sane human being.

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