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Old 07-07-2013, 10:32 AM   #1
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Books from which UK/US stores can be read by standard Adobe Digital Editions client?

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If I understand correctly, Adobe Digital Editions is a standard software that can read DRM EPUBs from many stores, correct?

So, precisely, which UK and US stores support reading their DRMed books from Adobe's client directly?

The reason I am asking is because it seems that getting the EPUB file out of Adobe's client (for my purposes - Alf) seems to be pretty standard and painless and I can chose UK and US e-book stores based on their compatibility with Adobe Digital Editions.

Yes, I know: only if price is not a cent cheaper on Amazon. But if not cheaper, I would just buy the EPUB.
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Old 07-07-2013, 11:03 AM   #2
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As far as I know, ADE reads all epub books, because epub is Adobe's invention, and ADE is the other 'half' of the package, if you like.

I buy epub books from Kobo usually (used to be Booksonboard until they went kaput). I have been known to use Waterstones, but they're usually more expensive.
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Old 07-07-2013, 11:08 AM   #3
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As far as I know, ADE reads all epub books, because epub is Adobe's invention, and ADE is the other 'half' of the package, if you like.

ePub certainly is not "Adobe's invention". It's owned by the International Digital Publishing Forum.

ADE won't read all ePub books. It reads a subset of the ePub 2 standard, with perhaps the odd ePub 3 feature thrown in, but, to name but a couple of things it won't do, it has no support for either right-to-left or vertical writing systems (RTL is an ePub 2 feature, vertical an ePub 3 feature).

And that's not even mentioning incompatible DRM systems, such as Apple's ePub DRM mechanism.
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So, precisely, which UK and US stores support reading their DRMed books from Adobe's client directly?
Everywhere except Amazon, Apple, and Barnes & Noble as far as I know. (And B&N is arguably even more friendly with Alf - you don't need a client, you can just download the file from their website.)
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Everywhere except Amazon, Apple, and Barnes & Noble as far as I know. (And B&N is arguably even more friendly with Alf - you don't need a client, you can just download the file from their website.)
DRM'd B&N books can be read from ADE directly, although as you say you don't use it for downloading them.
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Old 07-17-2013, 03:46 AM   #6
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Now as we finished the off-topic part, could you address my original question?

Many thanks.

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Old 07-17-2013, 06:42 AM   #7
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Now as we finished the off-topic part, could you address my original question?
My recollection is that the sellers of epubs were all mentioned in your previous thread.

(Gosh this last post of yours does come across a tad rude ...)
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M(Gosh this last post of yours does come across a tad rude ...)
Particularly as discussion of the version and DRM issues with epubs is actually on topic for the question of the type of books that can be read by ADE, and ATimson addressed the rest of the question with 'Everywhere except Amazon, Apple, and Barnes & Noble'.

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Old 07-18-2013, 05:03 AM   #9
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My recollection is that the sellers of epubs were all mentioned in your previous thread.

(Gosh this last post of yours does come across a tad rude ...)
Sorry about that. I didn't mean it, really.
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