Some restrictions on the use of eBooks are likely to remain a fact of life. But some publishers and consumer electronics makers are aiming to give eBook buyers more flexibility by rallying around a single technology standard for the books, reports The New York Times. That would also help them counter Amazon, which has taken an early lead in the nascent market.

On Thursday, Sony Electronics, which sells eBook devices under the Reader brand, plans to announce that by the end of the year it will sell digital books only in the ePub format, an open standard created by a...

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