"Subscriptions are sort of a straw man" in much of publishing’s debate," he says. "People say, ‘Well subscriptions are just Netflix’…but when you get down to the components of digital-distribution purchasing, there are a lot of flavors of subscriptions and we have to acknowledge that there’s a reason they continue to be around."
NASA eBooks has been an ongoing project that started in the last decade. They have two different repositories, one that is mainly available in PDF and has hundreds of titles and a more optimized library that is more heavily promoted….NASA does not sell or distribute their eBooks on any other platform, such as Amazon or Kobo. Instead, you have to download it directly from their website in the format of your choice.
Dutch publishers have failed in their efforts to immediately close down ebook reselling site Tom Kabinet….Tom Kabinet offers a platform that it says lets users legally sell used ebooks. Sellers have to declare they obtained their copies legally and agree to delete their versions when a sale is made. While the service has no way to verify whether a copy is legal or whether copies were deleted by their original owners, it does add a water mark to the ebook before it is sold in order to track down possible illegal distribution.
Pocketbook will be releasing the Ultra e-reader in a few weeks. This e-reader has a camera that they are billing as a tool to make scanlation copies of books and read it on your device. They just made the first waterproof e-reader, the Aqua, available last week.