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Posts Tagged ‘Guido Bartolucci’

Kindle Corruption Possible, But Not Likely

Earlier this week a ZDNET blogger discovered links to what seemed like spam sites within an eBook that he had purchased in the Kindle store.

This made us wonder if an eReader could get corrupted if you downloaded an eBook with bad links. We went to Q&A social networking site Quora and posed the question to software engineer Guido Bartolucci, who spent almost a decade as Senior Software Engineer at We asked: “Is there any risk of an eReader getting corrupted if a Kindle file contained malicious links?”

Bartolucci responded: “Yes, it is certainly possibly, just like it’s possible for your computer getting corrupted from following a malicious link. But it’s very unlikely as the Kindle is running a locked down version of Linux and the reader software doesn’t do much.”

So while it doesn’t seem like it is likely to happen, the possibility still exists.


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When Will iBook’s Catalog Catch Up To The Kindle Store?

How long before iBooks’ selection matches that of the Kindle store? Well, it could be a while, as Amazon spends all of the time and effort that they spend to format eBooks for the Kindle Store.

This question was posed on Quora, a new social networking site for questions, and Guido Bartolucci, a former engineer at Amazon had a good answer.

Here is an excerpt: “There are lots of published books where either the publisher doesn’t have an electronic version of the book anymore or the printer made significant changes to the text before publishing. There are a surprisingly large number of these books, even recent ones. Amazon spends a lot of time and money to convert popular titles in this category to ebooks themselves (it’s much more involved than just simple OCR). That’s partially why Amazon is so far ahead of everyone else, no one else is willing to pay for the conversion.” We’ll have to wait and see if Apple will take this approach.

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