Although in the past I’ve had plenty of concerns about ebooks sold by Amazon and others, I’m now hooked on them and will likely not be buying paper versions anymore.
From day 1, reading materials on my iPad has been a great experience, and I’m increasingly avoiding paper and using it for quick access to all kinds of files, work-related or not.
But up until a few weeks ago I’d only bought one commercial title from an online book store (mostly out of curiosity), despite downloading dozens of sample chapters.
So what changed?
Someone created a dirt simple way* to remove the DRM from Kindle and other ebook formats.
It’s not that I was holding out so I can post copies on the torrents or start selling them out of the back of my virtual car.
I simply want to be able to easily give a book to a friend when I’m finished with it, or loan it to a family member.
The same ability, the same rights, I’ve always had when it comes to items that I purchase for my non-digital library, including video and audio.
I’m not asking for much, am I?
* The link goes to a Mac-only solution. A slightly less dirt simple method for Windows users is here. And no one seems to have created a way to remove DRM from files sold in Apple’s iBook store so they will still be getting none of my business.