06331865 is referenced by 125 patents and cites 14 patents.

The present invention is a method and system for electronically distributing digital contents. The digital contents include textual, graphical and pictorial information. At least one portable electronic book is operative to request a digital content from a catalog of distinct digital contents, to receive and display the requested digital content in readable form. An information services system is in electrical communication with the portable electronic book to perform authentication and rendering the requested digital content. An authentication server authenticates the identity of the requesting portable electronic book. A copyright protection server renders the requested digital content sent to the requesting portable electronic book readable only by the requesting portable electronic book. At least one primary virtual bookstore is in electrical communication with the information services system. The primary virtual bookstore is a computer-based storefront accessible by the portable electronic book. The primary virtual bookstore includes the catalog of distinct digital contents and a repository which stores the distinct digital contents listed in the catalog.

Title
Method and apparatus for electronically distributing and viewing digital contents
Application Number
9/173975
Publication Number
6331865 (B1)
Application Date
October 16, 1998
Publication Date
December 18, 2001
Inventor
Richard Wotiz
Saratoga
CA, US
Brady Duga
Carlsbad
CA, US
William S Leshner
Carlsbad
CA, US
Erik Walter
La Jolla
CA, US
Garth Conboy
La Jolla
CA, US
Aleksey Novicov
Palo Alto
CA, US
Thomas W Pomeroy
Atherton
CA, US
James Sachs
Menlo Park
CA, US
Agent
Townsend and Townsend and Crew
US
Assignee
Softbook Press
CA, US
IPC
G06F 3/00
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