A Future for Books: BookServer launch event

The Internet Archive launched BookServer to a group of 500 in San Francisco.

The BookServer is a new distributed lending and vending system for books on the Internet. We will demonstrate a live system where:
Publishers and booksellers are selling digital books on their own terms,
Libraries loaning digital out-of-print books to their patrons,
Readers finding and reading the books they love on
Reading devices of their choice.

A group of companies and libraries demonstrated this open system for the first time.

Here is a an independent post about the proceedings.