Ebook Device and Distribution Options

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It’s no surprise that Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and Sony all support dedicated eReading hardware. However, many people do not realize, that each of the 5 main eReading device vendors also distribute free, cross-platform apps, too. Further, companies like Bluefire provide white-label Apple iOS and Android reading apps for retailers who are not in the business of developing and selling eReading hardware and software.

Jean Kaplansky

About Jean Kaplansky

Jean Kaplansky is a Solutions Architect at Aptara, which provides digital publishing solutions to content providers for capitalizing on new digital and mobile mediums. Jean is an avid reader and early adopter of eBooks and eBook-related technology, going back to 1996. Her publishing production past includes work as an XML Architect for Cengage Learning, a Systems Analyst for Pfizer Global Research and Development, and an XML Consultant at Arbortext. Jean’s introduction to typography and publishing production involved a calculator, some printed galleys, and a pica stick back in 1992. Follow her occasional tweets at @JeanKaplansky.

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4 thoughts on “Ebook Device and Distribution Options

  1. Be nice to me, Nate! There’s only so many branches I can put on one of these things at a time… No, seriously, the purpose of this map was to show just how many variants there are at the top of the heap.

    I plan to additional maps for the other iOS and Android apps out there. However, since a comment I received on my last post stated that my content was terrifying and informative, I chose not to be terrifying this time around.

    Feel free to contact me @jeankaplansky offline if there are specific apps you think I should include in future maps.

    Thanks for the feedback!

  2. Hi Jean,

    Do you know of any way to DRM a pdf with embedded video clips? Adobe Digital Editions won’t transfer videos and I’m trying to sell an accessible version of an ebook from my website.


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