BookServer is an open system to find, buy, or borrow e- books

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on October 20, 2009

Internet Archive BookServer: “The widespread success of digital reading devices has proven that the world is ready to read books on screens. As the audience for digital books grows, we can evolve from an environment of single devices connected to single sources into a distributed system where readers can find books from sources across the Web to read on whatever device they have. Publishers are creating digital versions of their popular books, and the library community is creating digital archives of their printed collections. BookServer is an open system to find, buy, or borrow these books, just like we use an open system to find Web sites. The BookServer is a growing open architecture for vending and lending digital books over the Internet. Built on open catalog and open book formats, the BookServer model allows a wide network of publishers, booksellers, libraries, and even authors to make their catalogs of books available directly to readers through their laptops, phones, netbooks, or dedicated reading devices. BookServer facilitates pay transactions, borrowing books from libraries, and downloading free, publicly accessible books.”

  • See also cnet: “…the Wall Street Journal reported details on Barnes & Noble’s $259 e-reader called the Nook, which will compete with Amazon’s Kindle and Sony’s E-Reader, a move which heats up the market. More interesting may be Google’s announcement last week of its “Google Editions” store, an initiative aimed at offering digital editions of books from publishers with which it already has distribution deals. Google said that should mean about a half-million books would be available initially, either through Google itself, or through sites like Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.”
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