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June 11, 2013


Steve Weiss

Let's hope ReDigi can make their universal e-reader app a reality, Joe, and kudos to them for pursuing an open solution. We'd love to see our readers at ApressOpen be able to access titles from a single source, should they collect them from multiple sellers (even though they'll be made available for free).
Disclosure: Joe and I were colleagues at our last gig. Keep up the terrific community leadership, Joe!

Martyn Daniels

breath of fresh air and you have seen the other side.
Regidi has significant vision and although they are fighting hard they may end up like SpiralFrog as a prototype for another service as they did for Spotify.
being able to authenticate, store and securely delete are pivotal for digital resell and that would seem the logical conclusion from the universal vision of ReDigi describe

Barbara Miller

I like the idea of one device for books purchased from a variety of sources. Still not sure about used ebooks. We like to say we gave up the artifact of the pbook and I still think that holds true for the used market, though a limited or discounted single share may be in order with family and friends or to have on another of one's devices. Considering we can still borrow from libraries and ebooks generally cost less. Perhaps I will see it differently later on, but this is how I see it now.


Minor nitpick:
"You'd download it, tell it to scan your computer/tablet/phone/whatever and let it determine which of your ebooks were legitimately purchased from a major retailer or publisher. "

That is what got ReDigi in trouble in the lawsuit, so they changed things around. Their current model is that you install the app first and then buy music. I'd bet that when ReDigi starts handling ebooks they will use similar procedures.

I've been watching this for a while, actually:

And I think a lot of readers would go for it. Look at how popular Bookshout was when it launched. That service only let you import from the Kindle and Nook ebookstores, but it still generated a lot of buzz.


Another way of looking at this is that publishers have a choice: Drop DRM and leverage that as part of an exclusive value proposition for to drive direct to consumer sales OR they can wait for an universal e-reader app to dilute the value of that strategy.

Deborah Emin

This is a great idea. We sell all our e-books directly and exclusively from our website ( and have always called Amazon a predator, Joe, just so you know. What I wouldn't give to have an app that all our customers can use and that won't necessitate formating our e-books and then having to explain in a timely fashion to all the folks who have never downloaded an e-book before away from the native site that this is a very easy process.

Surprisingly, I am finding just how many people don't read digitally. It seems to be a larger segment of the population than I would have thought at this point. But many don't like it and won't be happy learning on their own how to download an e-book. It is a funny world we live in.

As to the pricing issue. If I didn't receive daily a different article telling me that e-book prices are rising, are falling, are going through the roof, I would say that there needs to be a way to tell customers what the real costs are of creating an e-book. And to inform them of the Economics 101 they never studied about why Amazon can do what it does and why a company of my size can't. Again, we live in a wonderfully changing world where there are too many choices without much reliable information as to how to intelligently make those choices.

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