Publishers at The E-Book Starting Gate
E-book distributor and electronic conversion facilitator Versaware
At EbookCity.com, Versaware hosts books that it has licensed from publishers and converted to its Versabook format, which can incorporate multimedia, hyperlinking, interactive animations and links to Web sites. Only consumers who have downloaded the free Versabook reader software to their computers can view the books online, download them to a PC, or export them to their choice of hand-held devices.
Once a consumer has purchased a book, Versaware maintains the file on its own servers for the consumer's convenience. A registered user can read while online from any location or may download those books to up to only two individual computers (probably a home computer and an office computer); the files are not readable on any other computers. Controls prevent more than one person from using a single password.
Tying everything to the Versabook software format and storing it online is customer-friendly as it allows users to have the flexibility to read books on a number of devices, even as publishers have assurance that their material is protected.