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Digital Book Expert Clarifies Digtal Formats

PRS-300P1_med.JPGEarlier today, GalleyCat noted that Sony unveiled a new plan to adopt the ePub format for all digital books on the reader. According to the New York Times, Sony will convert all files to the ePub format by the end of the year, allowing users to share books on a host of other devices, including Plastic Logic reader and the iPhone Stanza e-reader.

Nevertheless, digital book expert David Rothman worried in an essay that the new format will not be completely “open,” nor free of digital rights management [DRM]. Rothman has been promoting open formats for years, co-founding the OpenReader Consortium, a movement which attempted “to finally develop and promote a true consumer ebook standard.”

Here’s more speculation about the format, from TeleRead: “The article failed to play up up an essential–namely that Adobe-DRMed ePub is in effect a proprietary format. Only nonDRMed ePub isn’t proprietary. Adobe controls the DRM-related technology used by the Sony store and others, and in the future it could raise or lower prices or refuse to do business with certain companies.” (Image via)

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.