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I've been working on some software that I had planned to release open source under the MIT license.

It's an e-pub reader. The thing is as I was working on it, I ended up out of curiosity looking up how the original Nook e-reader did its magic.

Come to find out, as I understand it anyway, it's basically using a smartphone(ish) back like an ARM Cortex-A with 256MB of RAM end running a modified android OS.

My code *should* run on 512kB of RAM on a much lower end (read cheaper and less power hungry) CPU/SoC. 1GHz+ ARM Cortex-A vs my 240Mhz Tensilica Xtensa (although my software should run on other systems as well). I haven't finished the code yet so I can't be 100% certain but worst case I need a WROVER with an extra 4MB of PSRAM.

Well this presents me an opportunity according to some people I work with who do sales.

I could potentially approach a larger company that makes e-readers with this stuff because my software will run on as little as $30 retail worth of hardware (small e-paper screen included) and the battery can be smaller/last longer meaning the device can be significantly shrunk.

But if I'm to do that, I don't want to release my e-pub reader to the public and thus lose some of my negotiating leverage.

I've been thinking about releasing the component pieces. Indeed I already have by way of GFX and my Zip library - I'm working on a markup reader right now that I may release.

But the paranoid part of me is worried doing that may also decrease my leverage because someone else will put the pieces together into an e-pub reader.

What would you do?
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