Originally Posted by sianon
not true, mobipocket files can be read on a wide variety of devices.
But Mobipocket with DRm cannot be read on every device.
Also, lets say there's an eBook you want and the only copy uoi can find is at the Sony eBook store, the DRM is going to prevent you from buying it and trying to convert it to some other format that your Gen3 can read. The DRM is going to prevent this. And it will prevent this big time.
The good news is that we have programs to strip the DRM from most formats now. eReader, Mobipocket, & MS Reader have all been broken. So yes, you can purchase any one of those formats and easily (will most of the time it would be easy) convert to a different format.
As an example, a lot of people who used to purchase mS Reader format for reading on the computer but have since purchased some other device such as a 505, Kindle, Gen3, etc and can not read MS Reader format on their new portable device can now remove the DRM and easily convert to some other format be it LRF, PRC, PDB, etc.
But if you are not technically savvy enough or don't know you can of how to remove the DRM and then convert, DRM is going to someday bite your ass on content that you want to reread after you've moved on from that format that you used to use.
DRM may be transparent to start with, but someday it will jump up and say I'm here!
and you'll be well and truly screwed,.