BN Read-In-Store licensing and armchair lawyering...
With advanced apologies if this is somehow Taboo, but I cannot understand how B&N can offer "Read In Store" in a legally compliant manner.
Does anyone know what the agreements they have with publishers on the back-end are? I note from the splotchy selection of some series that Read-in-Store availability is based on publisher.
Does Read-in-Store result in payment to the publisher?
Are publishers really that unaware that all Nook's have shipped with unlocked Boot-loaders?
A "completely hypothetical" method, would be to take an unmodified Nook device, download a number of read in store titles, and then power the device off before leaving the wireless network. If the device is then booted with a "piracy facilitation device" (aka, the widely available SD card images for Nook rooting), it is trivial to copy off the Read-in-Store files.