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Tor/Forge Books Announced Plans to go DRM-Free 2 Years Ago Today

April 24th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · DRM → No Comments

Tor-Logo[1]It’s been two years since the SF publisher Tor announced plans to remove DRM from their ebooks.

In July 2012 Tor announced that they had followed through on their plans (but later had to backtrack after I reported that they had jumped the gun). A few weeks later, Tor UK followed suit.
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Dstrux Launches a Self-Destructing File-Sharing Service

April 11th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · DRM → 1 Comment

Adobe and dstrux[1]other companies have long offered expiration dates on certain types of files (library ebooks, for one), and now a new file-sharing service is launching which promises to offer a similar ability for any type of shared file.

Dstrux was created for the person that needs to maintain control over the sensitive documents they share online. According to its founders, Dstrux gives creators the ability to control ownership and track what is shared online after hitting send.
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FBReader is Adding Support for DRM-ed eBooks – But Not For the Reasons You Think

April 10th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · DRM, FBreader, Marlin, software news → 2 Comments

FBReader has fbreaderlong been a DRM holdout among reading apps, but that’s about to change.

FBReader put out a press release on Wednesday with the news that their Android app will soon support DRM (the other apps will gain DRM support later). They have partnered with Intertrust to integrate ExpressPlay DRM into FBReader for Android. ExpressPlay is based on the Marlin DRM standard, and it is wholly incompatible with Adobe’s Epub DRM.
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Top Shelf Comics Releases a Handful of Comics DRM-Free

February 20th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · digital comics, DRM, ebookstore news → No Comments

Did top-shelf-productions1[1]you catch the news yesterday on Boing Boing? There was an early report (which was later corrected) that the indie comics publisher Top Shelf Productions had gone DRM-free in their online store, but that is sadly not the case – not quite, anyway.

Following in the footsteps of publishers like Tor-Forge Books, Image Comics, and Baen Books, Top Shelf Productions is taking steps to go DRM free. Today they are testing the waters by releasing a few comics without DRM.
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Adobe: We Didn’t Mean to Use DRM to Break Your eBook Readers

February 4th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Adobe, DRM → 32 Comments

Good Adobe Digital Editionsnews! Adobe announced late this afternoon that they won’t be breaking a lot of ebook readers in July.

According to the Datalogics blog, Adobe has decided to revise the adoption timeline for their new DRM, and they will no longer be requiring all ebook retailers, app developers, and device makers to upgrade their DRM support by July 2014:
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Adobe to Require New Epub DRM in July, Expects to Abandon Existing Users

February 3rd, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Adobe, DRM → 84 Comments

Update: Adobe has backed down.

When adobe-logoAdobe announced their new DRM a couple weeks ago some said that we would soon see compatibility issues with older devices and apps as Adobe forced everyone to upgrade.

At that time I didn’t think Adobe would make the mistake of cutting off so many existing readers, but now it seems that I could not have been more wrong on the issue.
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Can’t Read Your eBooks? Adobe’s New DRM Update Could be the Cause

January 27th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Adobe, DRM, Epub, software news → 10 Comments

Whenadobe-logo Adobe debuted their new Epub DRM last week some predicted that the new DRM would soon cause compatibility problems, and it looks like that prediction came true sooner than I would have liked.

There are several reports on Twitter this morning that a bug in the latest version of Adobe DE is wreaking havoc, with several users reporting that they have ebooks which could be downloaded to Adobe DE but not transferred over to an ebook reader (like the Nook, Aura, or PRS-T3):
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Adobe Releases New Epub DRM

January 22nd, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Adobe, DRM → 23 Comments

Rumors Adobe Digital Editionshave been circulating since at least October 2013 that Adobe was planning to release a new version of their DRM for Epub ebooks, and it looks like the rumors have come true. Adobe has released a new version of Adobe Digital Editions yesterday, and guess what?

The features page says that along with improved CSS support and better support for vertical languages (Japanese, for example), Adobe DE 3.0 also includes a new DRM which is described as now being “hardened and made more secure”.
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New Chrome Plugin Backs Up Your Digital Comics, Also Strips the DRM

January 17th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · comiXology, digital comics, DRM, ebookstore news → 5 Comments

Do you like ComiXology-Comics-Appdigital comics, but hate the way that comiXology’s proprietary DRM locks you in (and puts you at risk of their servers going down)?

Then I have some good news for you. I have just read about a Chrome plugin which will download comics from comiXology. It’s called, appropriately enough, Comixology backup, and according to the readme file it can convert the digital comics to a CBZ file (a ZIP file full of page images, basically).
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A Leaked Contract Reveals that Amazon Insists on DRM

October 11th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · Amazon, DRM → 12 Comments

Update: This post is now 10 hours old and in that time I have been told by at least 20 different people on 5 different websites that I am wrong in how I interpreted this contract. You might want to take this with a grain of salt.

Jamazon frowneff Bezos likes to say that Amazon is agnostic on the topic of DRM, but if the boilerplate contract I have sitting in front of me is any indication then I think he might not be telling the whole truth.
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