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Old 01-29-2011, 07:32 PM   #1
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Okay,

I have done a search in several thread and forums and can't seem to find the answer, so hopefully, somone can help me.

Does Google Ebook store sells DRM free books? I have heard both, that they do and that they don't.

I know they have books for the Sony (I have the 900), but I can't figure out if they have or do not have DRM.
They have some that I want but . . .
I am just now buying ebooks and I am going to do my best to buy at stores that do not support DRM.
I know that there are a lot of free books and I have downloaded a LOT, but some I have to buy.

So, does Google sell only DRM'd or both, those with and those without, and how do I tell the difference?
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Old 01-29-2011, 11:58 PM   #2
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I have not purchased from Google yet but I suspect that anything still in copyright will have DRM attached to it. Any public domain books will probably not have DRM.
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Old 01-30-2011, 12:15 AM   #3
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Google has a huge number of out of copyright (e.g. published in the US before 1923) ebooks that are free. These are all DRM-free.

If they are selling ebooks from major publishers, they will have Adobe DRM - just as they would from the Sony Store.

They do sell other ebooks without DRM. From DRM options for Google eBooks downloads
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You can choose if you would prefer not to apply Digital Rights Management (DRM) software to the digital file download of your book.
Note that this is for authors and/or publishers.

My guess is that their “oreilly books” are DRM-free, but if so I can't tell this from the book description. O'Reilly computer books are DRM-free when bought from O'Reilly and have DRM when bought from the Kindle Store. So it would not be a definitive test.
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Old 01-30-2011, 12:33 AM   #4
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