Is New eReader App A Kindle Killer?
A new(ish) app called BookShout, backed by publishing partners including Ingram Content Group’s CEO John R. Ingram, has started making waves in eReader sectors - because it allows users to read DRM encoded books on Apple IOS or Android devices.
Okay, it’s not actually reading DRM’d files: users of the app log in to their Nook or Kindle accounts and BookShout verifies purchases made through Amazon or B&N is with one of the publishers they have an agreement with, and then lets the user access the publisher’s version of the file.
The eBook files, in other words, aren’t ripped from Amazon or Barnes & Noble servers but instead come legally via publishers, which control the licenses that govern eBook distribution. (BookShout also sells eBooks.) According to Paid Content, “the startup has already signed deals with Random House, HarperCollins, Macmillan and Wiley, and is ‘finalizing’ agreements with Simon & Schuster, Penguin and Hachette, along with other publishers.
So, it’s not going to let you read all your Kindle books on your iPad - it wouldn't even import existing books when I tried it earlier. The agreements aren’t extensive enough for all the books (and there’s been no talk at all about how it works with the indies), so you might be disappointed.
What it does do, though, is let a little light into the chasm between free and DRM controlled content. Would you be interested in an app to read all your eBooks, whatever platform? I know I would…
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