Sony Electronics Forge Ahead With Universal ebook Format

Sony Electronics are expected to announce on Thursday plans to sell ebooks in a standard ePub format making them compatible with other ebook reading devices. Ebooks generally have some restrictions built into the software to prevent multiple coping and file sharing. Sony look to have struck an agreement with Adobe in this regard.

Amazon play a dominant role in the ebook sales market and up till now ebooks sold from Amazon are only compatible with the Kindle and iPhone. There is growing pressure from both the buying public and many large publishing houses for there to be one standard ebook format with both HarperCollins and Random House rowing in behind the ePub format.

Sony Electronics’s hopes are that by Christmas ebooks bought from their online stores will be compatible with a multiple range of readers.

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