So there's another Epub activism session going on right now on Twitter, and it inspired this rant. I have a number of points about format, Kindle vs Epub, etc that I want to get off my chest.
Why Kindle will Win
The Kindle format has Amazon behind it. Epub has a committee. When you match a savvy, innovative tech company with a being that has 100 mouths and no brain, who do you think will win?
Epub vs Kindle - Which is better
The Epub advocates like to talk about how much you can do with Epub that you can't do on the Kindle. This is somewhat true. On scale of 1 to 10 (with Epub being a 10) the Kindle format would rate about a 7.
But if you expand that scale so it reflects all the things you can do with web content, then you have scores of 7 and 10 on a scale of 1 to 50. When you think about all the stuff you can't do with Epub it suddenly becomes a lot less impressive.
One format must win
Why should one digital format win when no single paper format has done so? There are bunches of standard book sizes in paper. Why should digital be any different? It's like you're saying that graphic novels can replace cookbooks, or MMPB can replace reference manuals. Or to give a digital example, CBR & CBZ aren't going away. They work just fine for comics.
And besides, a single digital format which could do everything would be a "jack of all trades but a master of none". I'd rather stick with the more specialized formats.
Epub as a standard
(I just read this over on Mike Cane's tumblr blog.) Which Epub standard are you talking about? There are 3 commercially available epub standards: Sony, B&N, and Apple. It's not one format; DRM has made sure of that.