Direct Printing of E-Books Downloaded on Mobile Phones

Seiko Epson Corp., Epson Sales Japan Corp. and Sammy NetWorks Co., Ltd. have announced that they have agreed to cooperate to build an environment in which to download a literary work on a mobile phone, transmit it to Epson’s home-use printer via infrared radio, and charge fees in line with the amount of printing. The companies said this environment will enable providers to sell magazines and books by page or article unit, distribute books out of print, and deliver contents expected only for small sales, which are not enough to publish them.

There are already other e-book services that use mobile phone handsets to download contents. However, printing them has not been permitted in principle because of concern for copyright infringement. The companies explain the use of Sammy Networks “muPass” technology enables setting printing times and periods as well as charging.
Via – TechOn