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Topic # 89653 6-Sep-2011 20:21 Send private message

Hi all

Are there any legal eBookstores that sell their books without DRM so that I can read my purchase however I choose?

I have an iPad and would like to buy a particular book. I can buy it from either the Whitcoulls Kobo store, the Kindle Store or the Apple iBookstore (UK), but as far as I understand it this then locks the book into only being readable in the respective app it was bought under. I want to buy my book - legally - and then import it into the Whitcoulls app, the Kindle app OR the iBooks app or any other reader I might purchase in the future. Is there a solution?

Thanks

Steve 

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  Reply # 517747 6-Sep-2011 20:46 Send private message

Nope. (Although I _think_ the kobo store does epubs? But they may/may not be DRMed)


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  Reply # 517754 6-Sep-2011 20:55 Send private message

calibre for all your ebook needs, the current version has links to ebook sites that provide access to both drm books and non drm books

sites I like that provide no DRM (their is more, but I use these 2 the most)

- O'Reilly Books - for those tech books we all love so darely
- Baen Books - for the sci-fi / fantasy fix one needs - Baen have both a nice subscription format and free library for your book needs


and if you use Calibre for your ebook management (which is a must) then you can get an addon pack for it that can assit with DRM management of ebooks you purchase. 

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  Reply # 517767 6-Sep-2011 21:16 Send private message

+1 for Calibre software.




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  Reply # 527037 29-Sep-2011 06:42 Send private message

There are in fact lots of publishers who don't use DRM and sites where you can download books without DRM. You can even find DRM-free books at Amazon, although they are usually self-published by authors who (wisely) don't want DRM. DRM is a terrible idea, actually, from everyone's point of view and I expect it to die out in due course.

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