Veztek USA have an impossible ebook app

An interesting press release came across my desk this morning, and I still trying to figure out what the company is smoking. (Pot's legal in California, right?)The End is Near: for Kindle and NookVeztek USA put out a press release this morning claiming that they would soon release "the first universal eBook reader app for iPhone and iPad platforms" which will be in iTunes in mid summer.The only question I have is: How do they plan to deal with DRM?

They can't support the Kindle format because it uses a proprietary DRM, and Amazon are not about to license their tech to a competitor. And they can’t reverse-engineer the DRM to make a compatible app because that’s illegal, as well as copyright infringement.

As far as I can tell this is impossible. If someone figures it out, please let me know.

BTW, if you ignore the DRM then the concept of a universal reading app is redundant. All you need is a cnversion program, and that's freely available (try calibre).

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

2 Comments on Veztek USA have an impossible ebook app

  1. Just because it is redundant doesn’t mean there wouldn’t be a market for it. Plenty of successful products are redundant, in a cold-calculated sense but sell, nonetheless.
    In this case, a reader app that can open DRM-free mobi, epub, pdb, lit, and the various text document formats woud appeal to folks who want to tap the darknet without having to manually convert the files they find.
    With the BPHs doing everything conceivable to make piracy attractive, there just might be room for a “Universal” DRM-free reader.
    That said, I suspect the app will never see the light of day; the “summer” release runs past Godfather Jobs’ lockdown deadline to kill apps accessing externally acquired content.
    So, I’d agree the thing has more than a whiff of weed or “white-line marketting” to it.
    On the other hand, if they were targetting Android…

  2. Maybe they found a copy of skindle on the net.

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