Re: To the author
"What restrictiveness, specifically, are you referring to?"
Try a simple experiment..
Email or otherwise try to share an .epub file with a friend who has a Windows phone.
I installed on my sister's WP7.5 device the ebook reader "Frieda" which was available free at that time in the MS store.
Emailed her an .epub file I had picked up several years ago.
From her email application got a lengthy "downloading" animation after clicking on the attachment, then nothing.
No book appeared on-screen.
Switched over to Frieda to see if a book had appeared. No.
Windows phone (like the iPhone) does not have an open filesystem. Applications can't share things between them unless provisions are explicitly coded in.
The idea is to create a security boundary between any two entities in the device so you can prevent *wrongful* information sharing.
What is not permitted is forbidden.
I could also not download an ebook from a web site (I might recommend this as a particularly fine example for a good demonstration: http://craphound.com/littlebrother/download/ )
At least the browser claimed it couldn't download the file straight up.
I eventually did work out a way of getting the file into the phone but it required Calibre on a computer with some additional wizardry and a plug-in. It was very complicated and required some googling to see if it was even possible.
Thinking there had to be a simpler solution I went to a Microsoft store and pestered their "Genius Bar" (or whatever they call it) and after presenting my case was informed that it was this way to probably prevent piracy.
Right. Loading your own content onto "your own device" <tongue in cheek> is piracy.
At least on an iPhone the same web download immediately opened up into the ebook reader installed on the demo unit at the Apple store.
Apple is almost neck and neck here because any ebook reader I could find in the Apple marketplace would not let be browse Project Gutenberg (for example) even though the web site has its contents listed in a "library format" (some kind of open api
framework which allows direct machine access directly to their shelves.)
So yes. The system is very closed for both the Apple *and* MS platforms.
Meanwhile over here on my android I can scan a multipage document through Camscanner, then Export it as a pdf. Open the pdf for viewing, perhaps add some annotations with ezPdf Reader. And then fax it out with Faxfile.
All without any of these programs not knowing anything about each other. Just using standard file formats.
In that way is it limited.
It is limited so that all information transfer can be monetized and the controlling corporation can take a percentage of the purchase price because goodness knows there's no money to be had in manufacturing anything anymore..
With either a Windows phone or an iPhone you don't truly own your device.
You rent access to it. They are very similar.