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Old 03-19-2010, 02:15 PM   #1
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Is this normal?

Okay, I'll try not to get myself in trouble here, but suffice it to say that I set out to read a book made for the Kindle on my Sony Reader.

I downloaded Kindle for PC and chose some book for $0.99 on which to perform my experiments. These were unsuccessful. Just to see what would happen, I added the book as-is to Calibre and converted it to epub format and loaded it onto my Reader. Wonder of wonders, it's completely readable.

I thought books from Amazon were all DRMed. I'm now assuming they all aren't, but surely some/most must be. Is there a way to tell? I was really surprised that the Amazon book worked on my Reader with no problems.

Sorry if this is an idiotic post, or I'm missing something here that is common knowledge.
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Old 03-19-2010, 02:19 PM   #2
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No, many low-cost books from Amazon are DRM-free. Unfortunately, though, there's no way of knowing, at the time of purchase, whether or not a particular book has DRM.
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If only we could do that with ALL Kindle books, the world would be a much happier place!
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Old 03-19-2010, 02:24 PM   #4
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If you were able to convert it with Calibre then it was not DRM'd. Most are. However, that can be circumvented. Google "unswindle.py"
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Old 03-19-2010, 02:30 PM   #5
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Thanks everyone. Too bad there's no way to tell if the book's protected or not.
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Old 03-21-2010, 02:17 AM   #6
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I cannot wait until they get rid of this whole DRM thing.
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