Monday, January 9, 2006

News Analysis - Open Book: The ThoutReader Challenges Publishers to Rethink Convergence

For all of the content company convergence showmanship at this year's CES show in Las Vegas publishers and producers are running scared as they try to not cede control of their value propositions to technology partners trying to lock down their content in proprietary schemes. Consider the humble open-source ThoutReader that is gearing up to read DRM-enabled OpenReader files. It offers a low-overhead solution for publishers and users that may actually allow them to control their own premium book and journal content without being beholden to the tech biggies. Glitz may sell in Vegas, but it's the packaging that satisfies users' needs the best that will win out in the end.

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