Originally Posted by fjtorres
Apparently, that is how they validate *downloads*; against a valid, active credit card number. If the card expires you need to provide a new cc number before you can access new copies of the books.
Old copies will still open with the old number. *If* you still remember it.
So the issue isn't that the card has expired, it's that it hasn't been updated on the account.
Add to that the fact that he had to have deliberately removed the book from his device at some point (and likely for little reason, given how the memory is partitioned these days, they'll hold thousands of books easily), and didn't download an archival copy in the first place, and the headline starts to smell like hysterical BS.
Yeah, there's a price for B&N's "social encryption" scheme, and this is part of it. But given that a) if you remember to download it in the first place, you are not depending on B&N still being around to get copies in the future, and b) it makes it really trivial to strip DRM if need be, it seems a small price.