Dymocks Announcing Support For A New DRM eBook Format

So a couple of hours after Borders sent out an invitation to the launch of its new eBook and eReader store (which was in itself shortly followed by a promise to beat any Amazon book price online), Dymocks has sent out an announcement that it has started supporting the DNL and ePub eBook formats on their website. Yay for new DRM formats!

From the release:

DNL is a user friendly and interactive eBook reader. DNL eBooks replicate the look and feel of a physical book and are pre-configured with navigation and other function buttons which allow the end user to navigate and interact with the eBook. DNL eBooks can also display movies, audio and animation to reading devices.

Apparently both formats will work on Dymocks' eReader of choice, the Iliad. The press release says that the Iliad can be purchased via the Dymocks website, but I could only find it by doing a google search. And it costs $1,199.

Considering the Kindle costs under $300, the Kobo reader is priced at $US150 (so hopefully under $300 when it launches here), Dymocks only offering an ereader that costs four times the competition is evidence that they really don't have a clue when it comes to digital books.

Good luck with the new format Dymocks. You're going to need it.

An exciting new chapter for eBook readers

Dymocks Australia’s leading bookseller, has announced the launch of two new formats DNL and ePub on their website, offering eBook readers an enhanced book buying and interactive reading experience.

Making further inroads into eBook retailing, the launch of DNL and ePub format books will allow eBook readers to download interactive content and access content through more convenient methods.

DNL is a user friendly and interactive eBook reader. DNL eBooks replicate the look and feel of a physical book and are pre-configured with navigation and other function buttons which allow the end user to navigate and interact with the eBook. DNL eBooks can also display movies, audio and animation to reading devices.

“The launch of these new formats on our website will give our eBook readers an interactive and enhanced reading experience like no other,” said Dymocks CEO, Don Grover.

For example, popular children’s picture books such as Lucy Goosey by Margaret Wild and Ann James downloaded in DNL format comes bundled with animation and audio. The latest addition to eBooks, this format provides an additional educational method for children to enhance their language skills such as listening comprehension, pronunciation and expressive language tones.

“We have over 3,000 eBooks available in DNL format on the Dymocks website. Most impressively however, is the interactive experience with editing capabilities to customise eBooks as well as sharing notes with other eReaders,” said Don Grover. Over 150,000 eBooks are available through the website, www.dymocks.com.au and now offer over 3,000 eBooks in DNL format. Dymocks’ eBook Reader, the iLiad is available from Dymocks George Street store or directly through the website.

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