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iPad iBook store to use DRM

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 17 Feb 2010 18:49 User comments (12)

iPad iBook store to use DRM Apple's iBook store will sell e-books protected with DRM, says the LA Times, with sources saying it will likely be FairPlay copy protection.
E-book market share leader Amazon has been criticized for using DRM for e-books they sell for the Kindle device, and it appears that Apple will employ the same tactics.

FairPlay will restrict the amount of devices that are authorized to read the e-book, with the number likely being between 3-5.

The iPad iBook store will sell the books in the open ePub standard. Five publishers have already signed deals to sell via the iBook store and have accepted FairPlay; Penguin, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Hachette.

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12 user comments

117.2.2010 19:30

They'll Never Learn....

217.2.2010 22:24

Is this news? It is apple and it is eBooks...if it had been DRM free, hell would have frozen over and the skies would be filled with flying pigs.

317.2.2010 22:32

Its Apple... DRM is their game.

Also, since Apple is doing it, it must be good!

418.2.2010 2:45

Originally posted by Amak:
Also, since Apple is doing it, it must be good!
LOL

518.2.2010 4:09
aragoran
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618.2.2010 6:25
av_verbal
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as per usual they are blocking the paying customer from using their legitimate purchases as they please but the pirates will get a superior copy without any DRM that is free.

i wonder what choice people will make.

718.2.2010 6:55
scum101
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I know my choice.. buy it in standard paper and covers format.. no battery.. no "status symbol" item to get mugged on the tube for.. and I can read it anywhere anytime for free.. I can share it or sell it when I'm done.. or even put it on a shelf and forget about it for 30 years.. and it will still be usable in a format I can access with it's data (apart from possible small rodent/bug action) intact.


818.2.2010 9:15
av_verbal
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Originally posted by scum101:
I know my choice.. buy it in standard paper and covers format.. no battery.. no "status symbol" item to get mugged on the tube for.. and I can read it anywhere anytime for free.. I can share it or sell it when I'm done.. or even put it on a shelf and forget about it for 30 years.. and it will still be usable in a format I can access with it's data (apart from possible small rodent/bug action) intact.
hit the nail right on the head. i really wish people saw the restrictions in digital content & boycotted it instead of funding the removal of our rights.

919.2.2010 14:49

Originally posted by scum101:
I know my choice.. buy it in standard paper and covers format.. no battery.. no "status symbol" item to get mugged on the tube for.. and I can read it anywhere anytime for free.. I can share it or sell it when I'm done.. or even put it on a shelf and forget about it for 30 years.. and it will still be usable in a format I can access with it's data (apart from possible small rodent/bug action) intact.
What you said is true... but w/o eBook devices, such as the Kindle, you have to carry all the books all the time (not that you do this a lot, but it's cool to have your library with you all the time, especially your how-to books, like manuals).

With the paper books, you can't jump from books to books with ease (this i find myself do a lot, especially comparing/referring series #1, #2 etc.)

The notes you take on the paper books can't be shared easily... With the Kindle, you can e-mail your notes :) And they can be retrieved even if your Kindle is lost or stolen (notes on Kindle books, not personal notes stored locally).

With paper books, if they're destroyed (ripped, burned, ruined, etc.), then that's it, you can't get another copy free from the store you purchased from. Kindle books can be retrieved anytime, free.

As for sharing books, come on, which is easier, e-mail your friend the book or mail it to him/her? The only reason eBooks are not popular because people don't read much, they rather download music and lengthy movies...

Oh yeah, paper books are a pain for strap hangers. Ever read a hardcover on a crowded train? Good luck... With the Kindle, i can turn the page back/forth with one hand. And no, no bookmarks :) Oh yeah, have dictionary with me all the time too (looking up words couldn't be any easier).
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1022.4.2010 19:34
FreeBooksCovers
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1122.4.2010 19:56
Paula_X
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How many books do you really need on the move? .. I keep mine at home occasionally taking one with me when I have to travel a long way. I live 20 minutes walk and 8 minutes train from work.. the free paper keeps me amused for that length of time.

At work any info I need .. well.. there is the internet on the shop computer.. and it's a second hand goods shop.. must have 15k books piled up in the back room... all kinds of stuff from 1765 onwards.

People are getting stupid.. what is thew point of having 2000 e-books on a "reader"? .. none as far as I can see because you can only read one at a time, and IF you are intelligent enough to actually read the bloody thing properly and absorb the information contained you will start at the front and work to the back. A sequential data transfer between the printed page and your brain, selectively filtered to keep the essence and ditch the dross.. for instance..

"I have found a love for classic Russian literature"

"Chekov" ?

"No.. it's true" ;)

And there is the "Bohemian Cool" factor about the now retro art of reading a real book.. People can SEE what you are reading.. try Aleksey Remizov - The Sacrifice on the tube for instance.. and notice the stunned looks from the psuedo intellectuals with their ipods.. Priceless. (and it's boring old dross btw.. only for the really brave or like me the terminally gothic)

So don't be too quick to embrace this "new" technology.. REAL books changed the world.. without the printed page we would have NO technology at all.. and the DRM peddlars want to take our information and knowledge freedom away from us, because again those with power see knowledge and the freedom to read anything we want without censorship and control as dangerous to their power and wealth.. kind of like the middle ages. Books are valuable to society and the human race.. we must not let them take our access to knowledge at this fundamental level away... Have you ever read The Time Machine? I'm giving you all the wakeup call.. act now and refuse this insubstantial format before it's too late. read this.. then start thinking.. http://www.csa.com/discoveryguides/cyber/overview.php

1223.4.2010 9:39

^
That's just your opinion... I choose an e-reader instead of actual books because it's so damn hard to flip the pages without loosing my grip on the train. And if it's a hardcover, it's PITA :(

Yes, you don't need to carry that many books with you at all time. However, i find it very useful because i tend to jump from books to books. Try to carry the Complete Sherlock Holmes with you all the time and another book or two... It's just not practical with real books. There's no way in hell i want to read the Complete Sherlock Holmes in one shot. There are lots of individual cases in that volume, so what I do is, finish one case and take a break. With the real book, hmmm, it's a PITA.

Then there are books i like to carry with me at all time, like Alice's Adventure in Wonderland. It's uncommon nonsense, but i feel like the lessons of reading real books are lessen. I certainly love the e-readers more than I hate them.

Of course, ultimately, i would like an e-reader that supports multiple languages, especially languages of the East (Chinese, Japanese, Korean etc.)

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