Originally Posted by Catlady
Oh, is there some sort of test one should take before being allowed to own and use an e-reader? Does one need to know detailed information about the different file types, the different forms of DRM, how to use ADE and Overdrive, where one is allowed to shop and with what forms of payment, what the TOS of each bookstore is?
Technically you are supposed to read the TOS on everything, you are held accountable to them.
You're going to bump into the limits of any store's DRM at some point. I agree that B&N's is the least objectionable - since it's not device-specific, nor does it rely on contacting remote servers, if you keep your info somewhere (name/CC) you should be able to get into the book forever.
This is why I promptly strip any DRM'd books I buy (this is very rare - I prefer not to vote for DRM by purchasing it). And back up my Calibre database to a few different places once in a while.