SkipWire — a company that deals in eBooks and eText — has announced partnerships with key companies to provide Palm OS users with the ability to wirelessly build and access a personal library of online e-books and e-texts from a Palm device.
Visitors can browse and select from SkipWire’s large collection of free and purchasable eBooks found at the company’s Web site and create a personalized library using a MySkipWire account and SkipWire’s software program, DownStream, to wirelessly download favorite files.
A MySkipWire account, a free service, “remembers” which eTexts and eBooks have been placed in a personalized account. MySkipWire retains the collection, allowing a verified user to wirelessly add, and delete selections instantaneously. DownStream, a free program provides users with the ability to download programs wirelessly. You can delete data and programs that aren’t being used, and download them again at a later time if you wish to keep your Palm device’s memory clear.
“Palm users are no longer tethered to the desktop cradle sync for browsing, downloading, and purchasing eBooks content,” Deen Ferrell, vice president of Business Development for SkipWire, said in a statement. The companies with which SkipWire is partnering include: Qvadis (which produces e-book titles), McGraw Publishing (the well known publishing house), and DiskUs Publishing (which has a library of electronic and audio books for adults and children).
SkipWire and similar services may be a bit ahead of their time. A survey by market research firms, Ipsos and the NPD Group, show that two-thirds of Internet users have heard of electronic books (eBooks) and about half like the idea. However, only one in four users plan to buy one.
“In a way, eBooks are a generation ahead of their time,” researcher Barrie Rappaport said yesterday in a “USA Today” story. “Most online users are just not ready yet to give up the feel of a book in their hands. However, for today’s youth who’ve grown up on computer games, reading electronically will become second nature.”