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  •  It's going to be interesting to watch this… (3+ / 0-)
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    progress. My biggest complaint is that the DRM makes it next to impossible to pass a book around one's extended family and friends. At the same time, it seems that it's even easier to remove the barrier on an ebook than it was on a piece of music (not to mention convert it to different formats for other readers). And then, as small as the file actually is, it can be emailed to your device.
       A sign of the times when I know few people who weren't pirating music (I never bothered) and so few to whom it even occurs to break the rules with ebooks.

    •  not so easy to convert (0+ / 0-)

      Yes, it's possible to "free"  book from DRM, but I've tried and it's a pain. On a PC anyway you need several bits of funky software, and the output (a pdf file) can have annoying formatting issues.

      However, I think that many popular ebooks are available for download on Pirate Bay, which bypasses the hassle, and underscores the subversive nature of TPB, which I approve of.

      I think there are so few ebook "pirates" partly because of the hassle of making copies, the ease of use on multiple devices (especially kindle, which works on nearly everything), and the more "law abiding" nature of ereading demographics.

      History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce - Karl Marx

      by quill on Fri May 31, 2013 at 07:03:16 AM PDT

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