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Old 12-17-2011, 03:34 AM   #1
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Amazon selling book without DRM? (Eisler's The Detachment)

Hello,

I bought Wednesday's Amazon.de Deal of the Day (Barry Eisler's The Detachment). As far as I can tell the AZW is not encrypted. - fbreader can open it (after renaming the file to prc). Recent Calibre's ebook-viewer (0.8.28) is also able to display the book.

Older versions of calibre (0.7.7) fail with:
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ERROR: Could not open ebook: malformed start tag, at line 35, column 89
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "/usr/lib/calibre/calibre/gui2/viewer/main.py", line 61, in run
Thread.run(self)
File "/usr/lib/python2.6/threading.py", line 484, in run
self.__target(*self.__args, **self.__kwargs)
File "/usr/lib/calibre/calibre/ebooks/oeb/iterator.py", line 192, in __enter__
{}, self.base)
File "/usr/lib/calibre/calibre/customize/conversion.py", line 211, in __call__
log, accelerators)
File "/usr/lib/calibre/calibre/ebooks/mobi/input.py", line 27, in convert
mr.extract_content('.', parse_cache)
File "/usr/lib/calibre/calibre/ebooks/mobi/reader.py", line 332, in extract_content
root = soupparser.fromstring(self.processed_html)
File "/usr/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/lxml/html/soupparser.py", line 23, in fromstring
return _parse(data, beautifulsoup, makeelement, **bsargs)
File "/usr/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/lxml/html/soupparser.py", line 66, in _parse
tree = beautifulsoup(source, **bsargs)
File "/usr/lib/pymodules/python2.6/BeautifulSoup.py", line 1499, in __init__
BeautifulStoneSoup.__init__(self, *args, **kwargs)
File "/usr/lib/pymodules/python2.6/BeautifulSoup.py", line 1230, in __init__
self._feed(isHTML=isHTML)
File "/usr/lib/pymodules/python2.6/BeautifulSoup.py", line 1263, in _feed
self.builder.feed(markup)
File "/usr/lib/python2.6/HTMLParser.py", line 108, in feed
self.goahead(0)
File "/usr/lib/python2.6/HTMLParser.py", line 148, in goahead
k = self.parse_starttag(i)
File "/usr/lib/python2.6/HTMLParser.py", line 229, in parse_starttag
endpos = self.check_for_whole_start_tag(i)
File "/usr/lib/python2.6/HTMLParser.py", line 304, in check_for_whole_start_tag
self.error("malformed start tag")
File "/usr/lib/python2.6/HTMLParser.py", line 115, in error
raise HTMLParseError(message, self.getpos())
HTMLParseError: malformed start tag, at line 35, column 89

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Did Amazon accidentally forget adding DRM? Or is it common to get books without?

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Old 12-17-2011, 03:50 AM   #2
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Amazon have always sold DRM-free books. It's entirely the option of the publisher whether or not a book has DRM.
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Old 12-17-2011, 02:43 PM   #3
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Barry Eisler is from the JA Konrath school of self publishing, were DRM restrictions are pointless and counter productive. So I would only be surprised if the book you bought was one of his older ones that he gave away control over.
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Old 12-17-2011, 05:58 PM   #4
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Thriller author Barry Eisler signs with Amazon’s Thomas & Mercer imprint (May 26, 2011)

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Amazon Publishing increased its list of best-selling authors, luring thriller writer Barry Eisler back from self-publishing with a six-figure deal to publish his latest John Rain novel under Amazon's Thomas & Mercer mystery imprint.
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Old 12-17-2011, 06:01 PM   #5
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In English, yet another author screws over readers who do not buy eBooks from Amazon.
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I just came across an interesting interview with Eisler in which he does say he's personally against DRM.

I agree with him on some points here, not all:

Best Selling Author Barry Eisler On Copyright, Piracy And Why SOPA/PIPA Are 'Extremely Disturbing'

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In English, yet another author screws over readers who do not buy eBooks from Amazon.
How dare he make a deal that benefits him and not everybody else.
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How dare he make a deal that benefits him and not everybody else.
He needs to be looking out for my desires, afterall...
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In English, yet another author screws over readers who do not buy eBooks from Amazon.
... And another thing I like Whopper hamburgers, but They only sell them at Burger King, thus screwing over those of us who don't shop at Burger King.
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I don't understand--it's got no DRM and should be easy to convert via Calibre.

Or is this an "I don't want any of my money going to Amazon even if this book *doesn't* have DRM" thing? Because if you want them to behave better, and discarding DRM counts as behaving better, wouldn't it make sense to reward good behavior?

I wonder if I would like this book...
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