Public Domain books for the LIBRIe

A few days before my last post about Sony’s LIBRIe, J Mark Lytle wrote a fine article about it for the Guardian, Library without books. The article focuses on the technical aspects of the LIBRIe and mentions Sony’s proprietary BBeB format. BBeB incorporates Sony’s Open MG copyright protection technology, which makes the e-books’ content unreadable after two months.

Especially interesting though, is this part:

After flipping a few virtual pages on his ebook version of Natsume Soseki’s classic Botchan, Ukita spends a good 15 minutes explaining just how the crisp ink-like look is achieved.

Indeed, Natsume Soseki’s Botchan, a book which is in the public domain and of which translations can be downloaded in a range of formats (needless to say, unusable on a LIBRIe), is offered as a copyright controlled download that disappears after 2 months.


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