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Old 08-22-2007, 06:22 AM   #1
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Mobipocket DRM server meltdown

As many are scratching their heads about what's going on over at Mobipocket, one thing's for sure: Their engineers ought to sleep a lot less soundly these days. Since Wednesday, August 15, Mobipocket has reportly experienced a major technical problem with their DRM server - causing it to be turned offline. Third-party e-book retailers like Fictionwise selling protected e-books in Mobipocket format have temporarily switched to an alternative DRM provider, OverDrive's Content Reserve.

Check out our current discussion for the latest status.

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Old 08-22-2007, 10:07 AM   #2
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I'm not sure you are right about Fictionwise and an alternative provider. Ever since Mobipocket went down I have been unable to download any of my DRM books from Fictionwise. I just get a notice that Mobipocket is down. Just checked again about a minute ago (10:05 am EDT) and it's still not working.

Tangible proof of how DRM can make ebooks a poor experience!
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Paul, apparently not all books could be moved to the other DRM provider. Check:

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...9056#post89056

and

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...9843#post89843
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Old 08-22-2007, 11:10 PM   #4
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Do you think MobiPocket will be setting up a second DRM server so if whatever happened happens again, they can just switch over right away?
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Old 08-23-2007, 12:04 AM   #5
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Do you think MobiPocket will be setting up a second DRM server so if whatever happened happens again, they can just switch over right away?
Only if they want to stay in business.
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Old 08-23-2007, 12:07 AM   #6
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With MobiPocket down, this makes (while MobiPocket is still down) BBeB (LRX) the #1 DRM based ebook format for eink devices.

GO SONY!
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Do I smell a conspiracy here?
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Ha!

Who do you suppose might be conspiring with whom? I might believe outright (assuming someone could get to the machines) sabotage, maybe, but conspiracy would be a bit too complicated for me to buy.
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DRM is a hot topic, too much so for that poor server. Poof!
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