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Old 05-30-2012, 01:27 PM   #1
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Where can I get DRM e-library software?

Hi,

I'm looking for a way to lend technical ebooks in my office. I looked into Calibre but it does not handle DRM books and checking them in/out. Is there some piece of software I can buy that will control the lending of ebooks in a way that does not violate DRM?

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Old 05-30-2012, 01:30 PM   #2
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Buy an e-reader. Load the books onto it. Pass the e-reader around. Or of people are reading them on machines, allow those people access to the machines. There isn't a way outside of the libraries (Overdrive, 3M) and the 1-time "lend to a friend" done by nook and kindle with selected books that I know to manage lending with DRM.

Also, if they are purchased on Amazon/B&N, you could have all the e-readers registered to the same account with the book. You can have up to 6 devices usually linked to the same account. Similar with Adobe ADE; probably Sony and Kobo too but I'm not as sure about that.
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Getting an e-reading is definitely not a bad idea but I was hoping for something that we didn't have to pass around. It would be nice if employees could read books on their own devices. Any ideas for ebook hosting software? I think public libraries use this so I'm wondering if we can too.
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Old 05-30-2012, 01:52 PM   #4
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Public libraries have elaborate software on their servers. Non-trivial to implement, and different for Kindles and other devices. DRM requires licensing agreements, too, with either Amazon or Adobe. If the books already have DRM, there is no getting around that - it is going to be linked to one device or account (depending on the DRM scheme used).
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Old 05-30-2012, 01:54 PM   #5
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Any ideas for ebook hosting software? I think public libraries use this so I'm wondering if we can too.
Libraries do use such services; but they have to pay subscription fees, in addition to buying the books. Try contacting 3M Cloud Library or OverDrive and see if they can offer something for you at a reasonable price.
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Old 05-30-2012, 01:57 PM   #6
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Getting an e-reading is definitely not a bad idea but I was hoping for something that we didn't have to pass around. It would be nice if employees could read books on their own devices.
Which format are these books in? Where did you buy them? Do your employees have company issued smartphones, tablets? or do they have access to ereaders, tablets, smartphones?
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Old 05-30-2012, 02:58 PM   #7
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The server software OverDrive uses for libraries is Adobe Content Server 4. It's quite expensive, about $6,000 to license plus about $2,000 a year fee plus a per DRM transaction fee, but I suppose could be an option for you. However you'd have to get the individual publishers to sell you the books so you could put them on your content server.


Kind of like what Douglas County Colorado did instead of contracting with OverDrive...
http://www.libraries.wright.edu/nosh...book-solution/
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Old 05-30-2012, 03:11 PM   #8
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Actually, I can think of a fairly simple way to do this. Buy the books, and then strip the DRM from them. (google Apprentice Alf) This makes them device/user independent. Now, put the files into virtually any source control system and let people check them out, and check back in when they're done. This does require that the people treat it properly, since once the DRM is removed, there's no real way to enforce good behaviour. But honestly, if you can't trust your employees for this, especially if the policy is clear, then you have far bigger problems.
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I am all for stripping DRM for personal use, but to share books in a business setting? I'd think long and hard before doing that.
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I think my company uses Safari books online rather than try to do internal lending.

And yes, I would totally avoid stripping DRM in a business setting. The company could be liable.
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I think my company uses Safari books online rather than try to do internal lending.

And yes, I would totally avoid stripping DRM in a business setting. The company could be liable.
That does seem like a good solution. Stripping DRM has legal risks, and other solutions are just too complex to be worthwhile.
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Old 05-30-2012, 04:05 PM   #12
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hmm, interesting responses. Thanks everyone.
I don't think DRM stripping is going to be an option.
My company probably can afford 3M Cloud Library or Overdrive, but even with that software, I think the books you can put in is limited. But it might be an option for the future. It is a pretty big investment early.
Which leaves Safari books online. I was pleasantly surprised by the number of technical books here. If we can legally share an account, or if there is some sort of bulk corporate pricing, I think this could be a good solution. Thanks for the suggestion.
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