Microsoft is shutting down its ebook store, and deleting all its customers' libraries:
The only reason they can do this is DRM, which means you never really own anything you've paid for.
Physical books are the most obvious alternative, but there are also DRM-free ebook shops. @libreture has a good selection here:
You can find more book-related alternatives here:
(via @yogthos )
@tootbrute @Sosthene @switchingsocial @libreture @yogthos There is an old Danish verdict regarding DeCSS for decrypting DVDs. That minister was not exactly a beacon of culture, but that decision meant that there was at least a legal opportunity to watch DVDs on a Linux system.
That decision has been referenced occasionally when users argue for the right to consume a legally acquired product in a problematic format.
@sandrockcstm @switchingsocial @libreture @yogthos it might be illegal almost everywhere, but in practice it seems very unlikely that you get into trouble for stripping down drm on some books for personal usage. Maybe in the US I don't know, but at least I think it's fairly safe in most European countries
I would certainly suggest being careful when discussing removing DRM from e-books you have bought.
'Circumventing protection technology' is considered illegal in many jurisdictions, regardless of the moral arguments or that you may already "own" the book.
Many e-bookshops only see themselves as licensing you the e-book and doing anything else with it would be grounds for legal action. I assume it would be about choosing a good target.
Epub can be DRM-free too, it works pretty well in ereaders.
@switchingsocial TIL, thanks 👍
@waxwing @jon @libreture @sandrockcstm @switchingsocial @yogthos Indeed, pdf are terrible on this kind of device. I also noticed that while epub are great for books that you read through from beginning to end (novel and this kind of stuff), it really sucks when you need to skim a book back and forth (like most educational/technical books). Paper will still be around for some time
Whether it's legal or not is neither here nor there.
I'm old enough to remember when copyright disputes were solely a civil matter. It should have stayed that way were it not for some people being greedy and others not understanding the nature of what they were legislating.
@61 @Sosthene @switchingsocial @libreture @yogthos It's both here and there in that we're recommending solutions to people, and the legality of a solution durectly determines the kind of risk a person assumes in using that solution.
For context, I think copyright laws are a scam and that copyright should revert to public domain after 10 years.
I also believe the solutions we give shouldn't endanger people if possible.
To me, it feels like approving the use of DRM when buying encumbered books. You're then voting with your wallet, which is one of the strongest signals you can give. I do that too by *not* buying encumbered books.
It doesn't matter that you later strip it.
Recently I bought a physical magazine from a publisher because I told them I would rather they ship me the physical magazine (at extra cost to me) rather than get the eMagazine they sell on a DRM site.
I also occasionally (and politely) tell authors to consider releasing their ebooks without DRM.
I think it's more important to know the author first, via conversations or social media posts. Then once the author knows you are not a 'troll' you can bring up the topic of DRM.
Here's a history of my DRM related comments on Twitter. Some have responses, some don't. Some are conversational, some are, now I see them again, awkward.
Awesome! Thank you so much for the help!
I didn't think of establishing any kind of rapport on social media first. I'll try that. Your approach is way better than the rando emails I was considering sending.
Lately, there's been a few authors I adore that used sell books on Smashwords, but now they sell their newer work exclusively on Amazon. It's been a bummer.
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