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Old 10-27-2012, 08:02 AM   #1471
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Hello Addicts, I was wondering something which you no doubt must have the answer to. About DRM books which is what you guys buy. Can one make tweaks at the css file ? I mean does the DRM prevent you from accessing the css file or modifying it ?
I'm asking cause I read a preview of an e-book I might consider purchasing and I don't like the formatting there but I fear that if I purchase it that the DRM thing won't let me change anything in the css file. So is that the case ? And I'm talking about directly accessing the css file, not about modifying with Caliber which I don't use.
The CSS is encrypted too, usually. To change it you'd need to remove the DRM. However, once that's done you can just unzip, change the CSS file and rezip.

At least, you can for ePubs. For Kindle you'd need to use MobiUnpack and then Kindlegen to regenerate it.

To remove the DRM, of course, google "Apprentice Alf".
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Old 10-27-2012, 08:31 AM   #1472
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So, if there are a few books that I kind of want by an author I kind of like, and they're on sale...

I've resisted so far, but the sale runs for a while, yet.

I bought the first three Jack Crossman books by Garry D Kilworth in a previous Kindle sale, but have read none of them, and it seems there are three more in the new autumn sale. I have a couple of books by Kilworth from back when was an SF writer. These are historicals, but I imagine I'll lke them when I get to them, and I might be annoyed not to have the others.
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Old 10-27-2012, 08:38 AM   #1473
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So I was right to worry about the css file being unreachable on DRM books. Thanks for the info, I'll check the Google keyword you provided.

To tell the whole story this book has spaces not at all to my liking, like paragraphs, every few lines so it goes kind of like this:

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Makes me wonder why they morsel the book like that. It is not such in print books, well not every few lines anyways.

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The CSS is encrypted too, usually. To change it you'd need to remove the DRM. However, once that's done you can just unzip, change the CSS file and rezip.

At least, you can for ePubs. For Kindle you'd need to use MobiUnpack and then Kindlegen to regenerate it.

To remove the DRM, of course, google "Apprentice Alf".
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Old 10-28-2012, 04:21 AM   #1474
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I was doing so well (relatively speaking - resisted anything but various Kindle Daily Deals which actually looked like something I wanted / were something I'd wanted before) and then the BooksOnBoard's 32% off + double rewards sale hit and... well, I seem to have bought 24 books there over a couple of days. :-S

On the other hand, I now have over $35 in rewards dollars on BoB so I can probably get some of the books I've been wanting but considered too expensive for those soon...
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Old 10-28-2012, 08:55 PM   #1475
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Argh! I've bought 5 books by Kerry Greenwood (two heavily discounted or free) in the last few days. The TV series got me, and now she's on my list of favourite authors. Fortunately the prices are at least reasonable but still, it's doing nothing good for my habit.
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Old 10-29-2012, 09:59 AM   #1476
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12 days since I bought a book.
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Old 10-29-2012, 10:17 AM   #1477
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12 days since I bought a book.
I have been free from the compulsion since the last free book was posted on this forum. I am starting to experience "The shakes" symptom of withdraw!

Alas, I am sure before my system can shake off the addition, some nefarious soul will again post a link in the Deals, Freebies, and Resources (No Self-Promotion) Section of this forum and off the wagon I go .....again!




I have not the strength nor willpower to resist!

Doom!


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Old 10-29-2012, 10:37 AM   #1478
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I have been free from the compulsion since the last free book was posted on this forum.
I don't count free books. I get them, but I don't add them to my TBR list.
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Old 10-29-2012, 10:53 AM   #1479
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I don't count free books. I get them, but I don't add them to my TBR list.
Ah!

I failed to mention that I do my best to avoid the book section of amazon and other like sites. But when presented with a link to a "Free" book. My compulsion drives me to look at the new offerings and then "Doom" strikes and I can not get away from buying a book(s) that catch my interest. So it usually works out that the ratio of free/buy is usually 1/1 but more than likely 1 / 2 or more.

So I can blame the free section for my spending more of my hard earned wampum converted to shekels converted to green backs on books!

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Old 10-29-2012, 02:12 PM   #1480
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12 days since I bought a book.
Damn. Just found out the first 2 books of the Strain Trilogy are $1.99 on Amazon US. Streak might be ending.
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Old 11-03-2012, 07:32 PM   #1481
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I'm a hopeless case. Fictionwise's latest 55% off sale means I've just bought the latest Analog and Asimov's Magazines and Darrel Bain's latest book (new release).

TBR now 346 with a target of 300 by the end of the year. Somehow I don't think I'l make it...
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Old 11-03-2012, 07:51 PM   #1482
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See, you need to stay out of those coupon threads.
Maybe the cold, dark winter days will up your amount of reading and lower that growing TBR list.

I think I will do OK (other than the huge amount of freebies) I have just discovered our library has added a small collection of ebooks.
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Old 11-03-2012, 07:53 PM   #1483
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Overall, I've been better at buying than I was last year. But still get caught up in it sometimes. Sigh. The good news is, my TBR is down to ~85. The bad news is, that's by not putting later volumes of series that I haven't gotten to yet in there. For example, the re-read of Harry Potter series? Only book #1 is in there. Only 4 of the Georgette Heyer's are in there, with at least a dozen or so waiting to be put in there when I have these read. So the number is artificially low compared to how some folks count. OTOH, if it's a new series, there is NO point putting later books in there until I've read the first, since I may well abandon the series entirely. (Especially true for books gotten from Baen bundles, where I don't really know about the series until I've sampled it, but I sometimes have extras in it that I didn't really buy, they came with one or the other bundle. )
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Old 11-03-2012, 08:51 PM   #1484
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I haven't been reading much lately. Was involved in my own love story that ended rather abruptly so maybe I'll go back to love stories in books. They seem safer for me
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Old 11-03-2012, 11:42 PM   #1485
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I haven't been reading much lately. Was involved in my own love story that ended rather abruptly so maybe I'll go back to love stories in books. They seem safer for me
Strongly recommend Georgette Heyer.
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