e-Book Echo: Sony Goes Indie; Foxit Goes ePUB; Nook Gets Sued

readerOur platform focus continues this fine Sunday with the e-Book Echo, our take on the week in the digital publishing world. Sony (s sne) is teaming up with indie publishers to allow such work to be carried in the company’s e-book store for Sony Reader customers. Sony is working with Smashwords and Author Solutions to handle e-books distributed by those services. This opens the door for authors to get their own self-published works onto the Sony Reader line of electronic readers.
The Foxit eSlick reader is going to support the standard ePUB format for e-books. This support comes with a firmware upgrade for the readers that adds not only ePUB but eReader format support, in addition to the text and PDF formats already handled. The firmware upgrade also added a touch keyboard for entering passwords on the reader.
Barnes and Noble (s bks) was sued this week for violating information shared with them by Spring Design under NDA. Spring Design announced the Alex reader the day before B&N announced the Nook reader and the two devices do share similar features in both hardware and software. The lawsuit claimed that B&N met several times with Spring Design and details of the Alex were shared, yet B&N never acknowledged they were working on the Nook at the time. The suit asks for an injunction barring the sale of the Nook reader.