View Full Version : Well, I knew it would catch up to me...

04-20-2011, 04:32 PM
My first ereader came to me while I was working for RCA, and they introduced a b/w and a color reader in 1999-2000. Then I started reading on my Compaq Ipaq, moved to a Palm, then Palm phones and now I've got a rooted Nook.

All this means that I've bought a zillion books, in a myriad of formats, and the only ones that I can't seem to convert are my old Microsoft Reader .lit files. I need my PassPort login info from ten years ago for the conversion tool to work, and heck...I can't even remember where I parked my car twenty minutes ago. :help: I rarely used my Passport account, and it's completely escaped me. I remember that it had something to do with Eddie Izzard..... Yet the .lit files with the security DRM5 get transferred from computer to computer, unopened, taunting me.

It's so obvious that Microsoft has given up on Reader. The site pages are outdated (and don't even mention the existence of Windows 7). I doubt I'll ever get any help from their site.

Is there any help here for .lit DRM-stripping without the account info for the key?

04-20-2011, 04:35 PM
I think ConvertLit works without the key. (Have not checked; I remember one nightmarish attempt to get set up to deal with DRM'd lit files before deciding that if they require me to use Internet Explorer, I don't need to buy from them.)

04-22-2011, 10:08 AM
Thanks for the reply! Unfortunately, the version of ConvertLit that I found requires a credit card number....and I'm even less likely to remember that that my Passport ID.

Admittedly, I downloaded the latest edition with a GUI. I am no good with command line programs.

04-25-2011, 05:28 PM
anyone have any ideas?

04-25-2011, 07:44 PM
If a DRM stripping program asks for a credit card number, it is probably for eReader or B&N ePub (which both use a credit card number as password). A search for convertlit GUI usually locates a good link in the first few options.

It is a general rule for DRM circumvention that it only works on your own ebooks and only if you can open them with the official reader app. So at a minimum you need your passport credentials. If you can remember your login name (email address), you can probably get the password. If not, as a last resort, try calling microsoft to see if they can help. I don't know if convertlit works with Windows 7, so you might have to find a Windows XP computer to get the needed password keys.

04-29-2011, 09:31 AM
Thanks! I appreciate the reply. I've just about resigned myself to re-buying those books for my library. That email was two cities and ten years I think I'll try calling the evil empire for suggestions. I'm not sure they're supporting the format any more...the website is certainly dead in the water as far as updates.

But again, thank you.

05-12-2011, 09:29 AM
AFAIK, convertLit is the only drm stripping tool available for lit files and it doesn't ask for a cc# as those weren't attached to the purchase. You need to have copy of Microsoft Reader installed and properly activated using the Passport ID you used for your original purchase.

I'm in the same exact boat. I posted a similar question a few months ago and didn't get the first response.

AFAIK there are no known tools that will allow someone to strip the drm from a lit file without having access to the purchaser's Passport ID. Without that you are good and truly screwed and I can almost guarantee that Microsoft will do nothing for you without some sort of proof of purchase.

I'm sorry for your bad luck.

- Byron