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Old 11-21-2010, 12:42 PM   #13
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I am also new to the world of e-books, so forgive me if my point is misdirected. However:
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Originally Posted by mr ploppy View Post
If you were prepared to and knew how to circumvent the copy protection (which is illegal in several countries), you would be better off buying the ereader that suits you best and then converting everything you buy/acquire to the format that it wants. Things like DRM are only a problem for honest law abiding customers.
Suppose I buy an e-book from amazon, and suppose my ebook reader does not handle this format. If I were to strip the DRM from that bought book to read it on my device, though I understand this may be contrary to the letter of the law, why would it go contrary to the substance?

And upon reflection, why would this go counter the letter of the law? After all, you are allowed to install a purchased piece fo software on several computers (e.g. you laptop, your home desktop, your workplace desktop, say) provided you only use it on one machine at a time. So why can't this be allowed for ebooks?

To me, it does not make sense, and if you have rightfully purchased the book, you should have the right to read it wherever you like. Amazon, if I understand this correctly, only allows you to read it on either Kindle or some backlit device (be it a pc, or an ipad, or an iphone), but not on another reader. So, a point also made somewhat differently already, it seems to me their point is really one of pushing the budle kindle+ebooks, i.e. to lock you in to amazon.
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