Sony’s store in the States hasn’t switched over to ePub—the idea for now is to do BBeB for existing Sony Reader owners, including those who lack ePub capability. But over in the U.K., Waterstone’s will be opening its new e-store with ePub books aimed at the Sony e-readers it’ll start offering tomorrow. With or without DRM "protecting" these titles? Probably with it, alas. If so, that’s too bad since it severely limits the market. Here’s the Waterstone e-book area as it exists now.
Meanwhile Penguin UK’s Twitter-announced Tasters program, offering free samples from six books, is using ePub. Excerpts are from God’s Own Country by Ross Raisin, The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope, The Stories of English by David Crystal, King Dork by Frank Portman, King of Swords by Nick Stone and Things I Want My Daughter To Know by Elizabeth Noble. Penguin says it will have thousands of titles in the ePub format by the end of the year—readable on "your Sony eReader, your PC or Mac and other devices soon to launch."