Dave Anderson wrote:I understand that the Kindle format is simple, mid-1990ish, stripped-down HTML. Also, this very web site (also HTML) is copyrighted. What do you think of that then Henry?
Dave Anderson wrote:
Would you put your work out for sale if it were displayed in HTML? If you would not, is Henry's concern that it would be stolen your main concern?
Bear Bibeault wrote:Mark has hit on a lot of important points. Are you arguing that we don't need book readers because we have browsers? if so, I'll vehemently agree with Mark -- the last thing I want to do is to read a book as a long page in landscape mode in a browser...
Dave Anderson wrote:.. which is no revolution, just switching publishing from one corporation to another.
HTML and the browser, it seems to me, are the liberators of the author (i.e., authors of books)
Ok. Here's more: although I haven't check this out (maybe someone in the discussion has), but HTML and the browser can indeed do pretty much the essential things that the Reader does: change fonts, re-size, remember where we are in the book, be interactive, limit page size, etc.
Just playing the devil's advocate here, and thinking outside of the book (I mean box!).
Dave Anderson wrote:Conspiracy now. ??
Dave Anderson wrote:I see. I didn't and wouldn't use the word conspiracy; that implies collusion. What is going on between Apple, Amazon, et al is more like a war, a war of the marketplace for sure, but the goal being to dominate
They're usually one and the same, but that's besides the point. You still haven't explained how using HTML (which as I've pointed out multiple times, is exactly what EPUB does) aids the hapless authors with promotion and marketing.
for authors with little means of promotion and marketing, however, this means exchanging the hegemony of the printed book publisher for that of the electronic book publisher.
Again, I don't see how. Anyone can self-publish, be it in print, or electronically as EPUB, PDF, HTML, a Word doc, or whatever. The ability already exists. What needs to change?
The eBook I think is looked upon by the unpublished author as "liberation" or freedom, and I think they are finding it otherwise.
So, that got me to talking about HTML which none controls, as opposed to epub etc which requires a reader, and then other things surfaced.
Just asking the questions, which I think is the purpose of the different posting sections, right?
(JavaRanch is awesome, and a great resource!),
fred rosenberger wrote:one advantage of PDFs is you can lock it down. You can set it so that once it is generated, it can't be changed.
Bear Bibeault wrote:
Dave Anderson wrote:So, that got me to talking about HTML which none controls, as opposed to epub etc which requires a reader, and then other things surfaced.
HTML is an open standard. So is EPUB. What's the difference? Again, what exactly is your point?