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Apple Acquires "Pandora For Books" Booklamp For $15 Million 26

Posted by timothy
from the we-know-why-you're-reading-it dept.
Nate the greatest (2261802) writes with news made public Friday that Apple has acquired a little known ebook company called Booklamp, a small Idaho-based ebook startup which is best known for the Book Genome Project. First shown off to the world in 2008, this project was conceived by Booklamp founder and CEO Aaron Stanton as a way of analyzing a book's pacing, dialog, perspective, genre, and other details in order to identify a book's unique DNA. Booklamp has been using the tech to sell various services to publishers, tech companies, and the like, but Booklamps's existing contracts were apparently cancelled earlier this year.

According to one industry insider the deal happened in April, but Apple managed to keep the news under wraps until just last night. No one knows for sure how Apple will use booklamp but there is speculation that Apple could launch an ebook subscription service similar to the week-old Kindle Unlimited, or they could just use Booklamp to drive ebook recommendations in what some are speculating is the world's second largest ebookstore.
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Apple Acquires "Pandora For Books" Booklamp For $15 Million

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 26, 2014 @04:31PM (#47539861)

    I really hate the "X For Y"-style phrasing, like "Pandora For Books". The "X" part is always some obscure service. Even if it's semi-popular, it's only really known about within the hipster community. And then the "Y" is something that works just fine as it is, without a bunch of hipsters trying to "revolutionize" it.

    I don't know what the fuck Pandora is, so how the fuck should I know what a "Pandora For Books" is? How about just fucking saying what the service is using normal words?

  • Re:forever payments (Score:5, Informative)

    by CRCulver (715279) <crculver@christopherculver.com> on Saturday July 26, 2014 @05:39PM (#47540129) Homepage

    Considering that most of the e-books sold (at least from the companies that are or might be selling monthly subscriptions for a buffet style approach) contain DRM, you don't really own it even if you make a lump sum payment either.

    Stripping DRM from an ebook is a trivial process. For mass-market ebooks like the sort you can get from Amazon, DRM removal is automated in Calibre when you import the book, as long as you've installed the relevant plugin. For scholarly works made available in PDF, cracking the antiquated Adobe Digital Editions DRM is also not especially difficult and, while I've never tried, can probably be automated as well because the inventory of pirate ebook sites grows so large by the day that I doubt it is being done by hand.

    You can quibble about legalities, but with the current DRM being so half-ass, you can have a lasting collection of ebooks free of the seller's whim.

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