With Whitcoulls under administration does anyone know what happens with books purchased through their Kobo / Whitcoulls store?
They're already not allowing purchases of ebooks with gift cards on their website (in store apparently they're demanding customers spend twice the value of their voucher / gift card).
With their proprietary Kobo software checking books on and off your device(s) what happens when that site goes under? Do I lose my bookshelf? The site at kobo.com seems completely unrelated and doesn't recognise my Whitcoulls account or books I have purchased.
If you haven't noticed already, the books it sticks on your devices are buried in an sqllite file and probably encrypted or at least entangled in DRM constraints. Can they revoke the license they've issued for me to read books I have legitimately purchased? Will this license be revoked as soon as the store closes? Is this akin to breaking into my house and removing real books I've purchased from their store?
Going digital is looking shakey...