Microsoft Reader 2.0 Previewed
SAN FRANCISCO -- Sept. 26, 2001 -- Available for preview this week at Seybold San Francisco 2001 is the new Microsoft® Reader 2.0. The new version enables premium content on both Pocket PC 2002 devices and Windows®-based PCs and laptops. Microsoft Reader allows up to four activations for mobile users, enabling people to share the same eBook on as many as four devices, such as a desktop PC at work or at home, a laptop and a Pocket PC. Other features include a user interface redesign, simplified and enhanced navigation, and new text-to-speech accessibility support. The new software will be offered free in early October for Windows-based PCs and laptops (connect-time fees may apply) and included on all new Pocket PC 2002 devices.
Angling for lift
in a market that has stubbornly refused to take off,
Yahoo said that it has signed deals with four major
book publishers to sell e-books on its shopping
channel. Penguin Putnam, Simon & Schuster,
Random House and HarperCollins are marketing their
books on Yahoo's new e-book
site. Featured titles range from new books to
classics such as William Thackeray's "Vanity
||HP Jornada 568: First of a new generation of Pocket PCs
By timing the introduction of the Jornada 565/568 to coincide with Microsoft's announcement of the Pocket PC 2002 software platform, codenamed "Merlin," Hewlett Packard beat the competition to the punch. The Jornada 568 is the first Pocket PC device specifically built for the new revision of the OS. It is, in my opinion, also far and away the best Palm-size/Pocket PC HP has ever built.
Tired of waiting around for Gemstar, Microsoft and
Franklin eBookman to get their acts together and
make an affordable eBook reading device? If you own
any one of the eight models of Palm OS handheld
you already have an eReader in your palm. If
you’re thinking of buying a PDA (Personal Digital
Assistant), you need to consider the eReader
capabilities of the Palm operating system. (read
Bookworms curl up in front of PCs
September 7, 2001, 10:10 a.m. PT
In a move that points toward the demise of physical libraries, Singapore's National Library Board (NLB) is allowing any Internet-enabled individual to read a book on loan online. This is possible through the board's newly launched
eLibraryHub, which, like the National Digital Library Program at the U.S. Library of Congress, is designed to place works in a digital format and deliver them electronically.
PC 2002 Raises Bar for Personal Digital
Assistants" (feature story)
Q&A: Ben Waldman, Vice President of the Mobile
Devices Division at Microsoft, Previews New Pocket
SAN DIEGO, Calif., Sept. 6, 2001 --
Attendees at this year's DemoMobile conference in
San Diego got a sneak preview today of Microsoft
Pocket PC 2002, the engine that will power a new
generation of Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs). In
the first public demonstration of this
groundbreaking new software, the Pocket PC team
showed off some of the advances that Pocket PC 2002
offers, including a stylish new interface, new
functionality designed to help deliver the benefits
of mobile computing to business users, and new
features that make it easier than ever to connect to
colleagues, friends and family. Ben Waldman, vice
president of the Mobile Devices Division at
Microsoft, spoke with PressPass about what Pocket PC
2002 -- slated to hit the stores Oct. 4 -- means for
the industry and customers. read
-- "Microsoft Means Business - Announcing
Pocket PC 2002"
Microsoft Pocket PC 2002
(Microsoft Word -- 30KB)
e-book code : Programmer finds way to decrypt them
The decryption program enables purchasers of “owner-exclusive” Microsoft Reader titles-Microsoft’s most highly protected form of e-book-to convert these titles to unencrypted files viewable on any Web browser. The program’s creator, a U.S. cryptography expert who asked not to be identified, says he wanted to circumvent the “two-persona” limit, a rule built into Microsoft Reader at the behest of publishers that allows purchasers to read the same e-book on up to two devices, but no more.
Now, the Microsoft Reader eBook security has succumbed, according to a report in Technology Review. A US-based programmer has evidently discovered a way to unlock Microsoft Reader eBook files, remove the security settings and recover text and image source files.
Microsoft's one-two punch for handhelds
Special to CNET News.com
August 31, 2001, 12:40 p.m. PT
Microsoft will hit Palm with a double whammy next week when it announces two new versions of its operating system for handheld computers, sources say.
The software giant will announce a low-end and high-end version of its upcoming Pocket PC 2002 OS on Sept. 6 at the
Demomobile conference in La Jolla, Calif., sources familiar with company's plans say. The new versions of the OS, code-named Merlin, will resemble Microsoft's upcoming Windows XP desktop OS and add 802.11b wireless networking capabilities and security.
Microsoft representatives declined to comment.
Although one source said the new versions of the OS are "incremental" upgrades to the current Pocket PC OS, another said they are exactly what Microsoft needs to stave off Palm from increasing its presence in the emerging corporate market for handhelds. Palm's OS shows up in handhelds from Palm, Handspring and Sony. Microsoft's current Pocket PC runs devices from Compaq Computer, Hewlett-Packard and Casio.
The enterprise market is the brass ring that all companies in the handheld industry are reaching for. According to research data, Microsoft has the lead in that market.
E-Books: Good Idea, Poor Execution
Despite all the problems e-books have had gaining public acceptance, they are not exactly obsolete -- yet.
Remember when the concept of a "paperless society" was all the rage?
Offices would eliminate file cabinets, newspapers wouldn't need newsprint and the stationery business would become obsolete.
Oh, and books? Books would become the greatest dinosaurs of all. Books wouldn't be necessary.
Enter e-books, touted to be the absolute symbol of technology as an agent of social change. After all, if we didn't need heavy, cumbersome books any more, wouldn't life be just so much easier?
Judging by the public reaction to e-books so far, the answer is a resounding and decisive "no."
PIRATES TARGET TOP AUTHORS
Envisional reveals nearly 7,500 illegal e-books
available over the Internet
Envisional (www.envisional.com), the UK-based
Internet monitoring company, today announced that
many best-selling titles of top authors, such as J.
K. Rowling, John Grisham, Stephen King and Terry
Pratchett, are available for free download over the
web. Results from Envisional's research showed that
7,267 different pirated e-books could be freely
accessed through newsgroups and Napster-like
file-sharing networks such as gnutella. Envisional
warns the publishing industry that the growing
problem has the potential to impact upon the sector
as hard as Napster hit the music industry. read
ten authors most targeted by Internet pirates:
over 1,600 individual copies Example titles
include: Dreamcatcher, It, Misery, The Shining
J. K. Rowling
over 700 individual copies Example titles
include: Harry Potter - all four books
193 individual copies Example titles include:
The Colour of Magic, Wyrd Sisters
51 individual copies Example titles include: Red
Storm Rising, Patriot Games
49 individual copies Example titles include:
J. R. R. Tolkien
42 individual copies Example titles include:
Lord of the Rings Volumes, The Hobbit, The
38 individual copies Example titles include: The
Client, A Time to Kill
Iain M. Banks
23 individual copies Example titles include:
13 individual copies Example titles include:
8 individual copies Example titles include:
Generation X, Microserfs
offers more than 40,000 eBook titles, with subjects
ranging from arts, history, literature, religion,
science, sociology, business, and technology, to
Academic, Public and Corporate Libraries. To
experience reading eBooks online, including full
text searching and the embedded dictionary.
Students study books online
a long time supplier to students in Sweden,
plans to launch its e-book system this
It is not only expensive, but also hard at
times to get the literature you need, at the
right time, when studying. "By selling
books this way, we can provide students and
professionals immediate access to literature
whenever they need it," business
developer Hans Sundström told Industry Standard.
The company will use a system called Autotext,
'in a box'. Autotext is a content management
system that allows buyers to recieve the books
in a variety of formats, such as Rocket eBook,
Glassbook, Microsoft reader or pdf files.
Studentlitteratur will offer students either
entire books or single chapters. The
downloaded text, however, will not be possible
to print out, as only screen reading is
U.S. vs. Microsoft: The
Aug. 22, 2000 McGraw-Hill simultaneously
releases the first book on the landmark case in both
print and e-book versions. Also from M.J. Rose's
e-publishing notebook: E-books go bricks and mortar;
tipping encouraged; and some sticky ideas.
Electronic Publishing Timeline
and ePublishing may seem like cutting-edge
developments, but they actually have a history
stretching back three decades or more. As a special
supplement to this article, Karen Wiesner has
prepared the most comprehensive timeline of
historical events in ePublishing available anywhere.
Project Gutenberg's founding in 1971 to the latest
online publishing ventures by Random House, Time
Warner, and the like, you'll find all the details of
the developments that have shaped the digital
here to take a journey through ePublishing's
fascinating history (www.ebookweb.com)
eBook Processor is not available anymore.
On July 16th, our employee Dmitry Sklyarov, who
developed the algorithms Advanced eBook Processor is
based on, was arrested and jailed by the FBI in Las
Vegas after delivering a paper on e-book security at
conference. On August 6th, he was released on bail
by a California court. Magistrate Judge Edward
Infante ordered Dmitry to stay in northern
California pending his trial on charges of violating
Millennium Copyright Act.
Planet ebook Index of ElcomSoft, Dmitry Sklyarov,
Adobe, US Government and DMCA-related articles from
around the Web
Below is the index of articles published on our
Planet eBook and Planet PDF sites, as well as the
coverage around the Web that has arisen since Planet
the story of ElcomSoft developer Dmitry
Sklyarov's arrest over violation of the Digital
Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).
We introduce ePenguin, our brand new ebook imprint
with a free ebook sample and news of the best in
fiction, reference, business titles and Penguin
Classics delivered digitally. Read
Compaq prepares for new Pocket PC
Looking to boost sales of its iPaq handheld computers, Compaq Computer is touting that its devices will be ready to upgrade to a new version of Microsoft's Pocket PC operating system due out later this year.
Code-named Merlin, the new version of Pocket PC is said to resemble Microsoft's forthcoming PC operating system, Windows XP, according to one source familiar with Merlin. Like the current version of Pocket PC, Merlin is based on version 3.0 of Windows CE. Microsoft is introducing a new version of CE, code-named Talisker. However, the software giant has not said when that core will find its way into Pocket PC.
more... (bron: http://news.cnet.com/news/)
Chooses Microsoft Pocket PC Platform
Established Mobility Leader Unveils Revolutionary,
Dual-Expansion Pocket PCs
Corp. and Toshiba Corp. today announced that Toshiba
has chosen the Microsoft® Pocket PC
platform to power its upcoming line of
next-generation personal digital assistants (PDAs).
Toshiba, a leader in mobile computing for corporate
customers, plans to expand and extend the use of its
highly successful line of laptops and other mobile
devices by building Pocket PCs, the first of which
will launch today in Japan.
Microsoft releases Windows CE code
Microsoft has made the source code of its Windows CE 3.0 operating system available to developers in a bid to compete with the "open source" software development model that has become popular in recent years.
6, 2001 -- NEC Computers Inc. has announced
the MobileProTM 790, the newest addition to
NEC's family of MobilePro computers based on
the Handheld PC 2000 platform. Building on
the success of the award-winning MobilePro
780 H/PCs, the ultra-light MobilePro 790
H/PC is designed for enterprise customers
whose mobile platform priorities are
instant-start, large keyboard, touchscreen,
and reduced total cost of ownership.
and E Ink Demonstrate World's First
High-Resolution Electronic Ink Displays for
Use in Smart Handheld Devices
And now we're pleased to announce that on July 4
will launch eBookWeb (http://www.ebookweb.org)
a central source for news and information on all aspects of electronic publishing
and a community center for eBook enthusiasts and industry
We've already published an introductory page where you can read the latest daily eBook
news briefs, subscribe to our weekly email newsletter, and (as a
special bonus!) read my inside account of eBookNet's demise.
Come July 4, the full site will offer a familiar mix of content,
including the following sections:
- News (eBook Technology, Writing & Publishing, E-Content,
-Opinion (Columns by the Site Editors and other eBook Experts)
-Resources (Hardware & Software Guides, eBook Reviews, FAQs,
-Community (Message Boards, Events, Member
||Pocket PC Map of Central London
new publication has been designed for your
Pocket PC running Windows® CE. The
map covers an area which includes Regent's
Park, Shoreditch, Tower Bridge and Hyde Park
Corner. Major buildings are colour-coded to
indicate Places of Interest and other
buildings that are open to the public.
One-way streets are indicated with a blue
arrow. For ease of navigation, additional
grid square references are positioned across
Acrobat® Reader® for Palm OS® lets
you view Adobe
Portable Document Format (PDF) files
on handheld devices running Palm OS.
Publishing vision, this new
addition to the Acrobat family enables
you to read Adobe PDF files downloaded
from a desktop computer, freeing you
to access them anywhere. Acrobat
Reader for Palm OS software preserves
the rich content of Adobe PDF files -
styled text, images, and bookmarks -
and adapts it for viewing on small
screens. You can also search for a
specific word or phrase.
is writing on your Palm.
released iSketch, a program that lets
personal digital assistant (PDA) owners
handwrite notes and make sketches on their
devices, and then wirelessly send them as if
they were e-mail, via infrared or cellular
networks. The iSketch also compresses and
encrypts messages, which can be sent to PCs
or other handhelds. Read
more... or Motorola
comes to portable apps
Handsets are no longer used simply for placing
calls, and PDAs are much more than simple personal
information managers. Their new abilities makes the
interaction between user and device more than just a
few button pushes and key clicks-typically, it also
involves pictorial information. And digital
signatures have been declared legal, as binding as
written ones, opening up previously unavailable
methods of e-commerce and mobile commerce, or
ebook site: iPublish.com at Time Warner Books, a
new eBook publishing company connecting readers,
authors, and editors online.
dec 2001 NEW YORK--AOL Time Warner said Tuesday
that it plans to shut down iPublish.com, its
fledgling electronic book-publishing division,
by the end of the year and cut 29 jobs because
the market has not developed the way the company
market for e-books has simply not developed the
way we hoped, and given the overall economic
climate, we can't jeopardize our thriving print
business by carrying a money-losing operation
indefinitely into the future," Larry
Kirshbaum, chairman of Time Warner Trade
Publishing, said in a statement.
Toshiba Corp. is
planning its long-awaited entry into the personal
digital assistant (PDA) market for July, a company
source has told IDG News Service.
The company is nearing design completion of its PDA,
the first from the notebook market leader, which
will be based on Microsoft Corp.'s Pocket PC
platform and Windows CE OS (operating system), the
Further details, such as target price and
international launch details, are still under