A US based start-up, founded by Len Kawell, co-inventor of Lotus Notes, is building a suite of ecommerce products to integrate the electronic book distribution and delivery process.
Glassbook's aim is to enable publishers to make books easily available to distributors and booksellers over the Internet, so they can retarget them at online consumers.
Kawell said: "We have opened a new market for consumer electronics companies with our Glassbook Reader software and the Glassbook R2 Hardware Reference Platform. With the Glassbook product line, we have a far more efficient way to deliver and store books, significantly enhancing the consumer's reading experience."
Kawell is also the founder of the Electronic Book Exchange Standard (EBX) working group, which counts Adobe Systems and Amazon.com among its members.
The working group is developing a copyright and distribution specification, which is intended to be content and format neutral and supports both Adobe's PDF and Microsoft's Open eBook HTML-XML formats.
Kawell said the primary aim of the open content format standard was to support high fidelity text and graphics, but they were also working to make it usable on a wide range of hardware devices.
He added that Glassbook was working with a number of firms to build complementary hardware that could embed its software.
The firm's PC Reader enables users to highlight and annotate text and to search for specific characters or access a built in dictionary. As a result, it enables consumers to lend and borrow titles without violating the copyright and royalty rights of publishers and authors.
The Glassbook Publisher, on the other hand, enables publishers to prepare and protect PDF and Open eBook files for distribution from their Web servers.
The Glassbook Bookseller handles EBX requests for ebooks from consumers, and the Glassbook Library Server is an e book library Web server that enables libraries to buy EBX ebooks and lend them to customers.
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