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Old 10-17-2009, 03:52 AM   #1
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Region and removing DRM

In a couple of weeks I'll be ordering a Sony PRS-600. I live in the Netherlands but I mostly read English books. The webstore Sony is working with, Bol.com, has a reasonable selection (111000+) of English books. But I saw that Waterstones.co.uk has a lot more ebooks I like and at times is cheaper than Bol, but they have the UK region restriction.

Because Bol has a limit on how many times you can move your ePUB files to and from your reader I was planning on stripping the DRM to circumvent this. My question is if I can also use it also to get rid of the region restrictions on the Waterstones ebooks.

Thanks for the help!
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Old 10-17-2009, 04:13 AM   #2
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Regional restrictions apply at the "bookstore" level and prevent you from buying a book if you live in certain countries. They are entirely unconnected with DRM.
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Old 10-17-2009, 05:47 AM   #3
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Ah, the helpdesk at Waterstones answered differently. It wouldn't surprise me though because it took 4 emails before they understood I was asking what their region of operation is. As soon as I got my reader I'll try to buy an ebook with them and see how it goes.

Stupid thing is that Waterstones also has a .nl website (same as the .co.uk one) and you can click on the ebook section without getting a warning that you can't buy their ebooks.

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Old 10-18-2009, 04:59 AM   #4
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The whole of this region thing is stupid. Quite a lot of places, like the BBC get their idea of your location from your IP address, as I get my internet connection through the Astra satellite the immediate conclusion is that I live in Luxemburg and I get blocked from d/l at the BBC site, the same would probably happen with Waterstone uk site and the answer is to pay for an IP spoof address service, it then appears to their software that you live in the uk as you have a uk IP address. Though they could go by you credit card address.
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Old 10-19-2009, 05:43 AM   #5
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After a little experiment I don't think they go by IP address. I ran through the ordering process up to the paying section and everything went okay. If they actually use regional restrictions (it isn't mentioned in their ebook faqs, unlike websites that do have restrictions) it's probably connected to either the physical address or the credit card address.

As I said, I'll test it when I have my reader. If I get blocked I'm going to be very annoying to them because I will be using their .nl website to order it, it's only logical that since they use a Dutch url you can buy anything they offer in that store.

I agree that the regional thing is stupid, even more so within Europe.
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