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Five Top Publishers Plan Rival to Kindle Format 123

eldavojohn writes "Time Inc., News Corp., Conde Nast, Hearst Corp., and Meredith Corp. are teaming up to create a digital newsstand and somewhat open format that 'can render our content beautifully on those devices that come to market' instead of the gray inked Kindle's energy conscious display. Devices are being made for the new format with the launch coming next year. The format will also target smart phones and tablet computers. Will this pose a threat at all to the Kindle?"
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Five Top Publishers Plan Rival to Kindle Format

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 09, 2009 @07:50PM (#30382918)

    eInk (like the Kindle display) is definitely nice to read but a little color and maybe some sound would definitely help.

    Kindle might be great for reading the occasional novel but it is worthless for any kind of textbook or reference material. Those just have too many pictures, charts, heck even syntax highlighting, and alternate fonts to be effectively used on the Kindle.

    ePub may have potential as a standard but some of the current implementations are awful. They need to learn how to restrict the reflow (I don't know how much of that is the format and how much is the implementation).

  • by svirre ( 39068 ) on Wednesday December 09, 2009 @08:12PM (#30383152)

    In other news: Sony just announced they are dropping their proprietary format in favor of ePub. (
    I feel a disturbance in the force...

  • Re:Tough call... (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 09, 2009 @08:36PM (#30383362)
    Care to back up your magazine claim with a reputable cite? I find it had to believe that magazines make more from news stands than subscriptions.
  • by DragonWriter ( 970822 ) on Wednesday December 09, 2009 @08:52PM (#30383540)

    A nice illustration or well chosen photograph can add value to an article. It can set the tone or inform in a concise way.

    And epub -- which is, under the hood, basically just XHTML + a specialized adaptation of CSS + a variety of image file formats, including both bitmap (e.g., PNG) and vector (e.g., SVG) which a reader must support -- already supports illustrations and photographs, and most dead-tree newspapers don't use much color, so neither a new format nor a device with features not found in typical ebook readers -- except maybe bigger page size, but bigger paged e-ink-based readers are available -- are needed for that.

To be a kind of moral Unix, he touched the hem of Nature's shift. -- Shelley