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Old 09-17-2008, 11:57 AM   #1
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I bought a book. My choice was to buy it from Sony, or BooksOnBoard. I chose BooksOnBoard because I can remove the DRM and have a version of the book that is device independent. I consider that my right as a consumer.

The mobiddrm tools do not work with this book. It says there is no key, maybe the PID is incorrect.

When I open the book in Mobipocket Reader, I'm prompted to login to BooksOnBoard to activate the book.

Any suggestions? I'm going to be really upset if I cannot, after all, read this book on my Sony Reader.
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I bought a book. My choice was to buy it from Sony, or BooksOnBoard. I chose BooksOnBoard because I can remove the DRM and have a version of the book that is device independent. I consider that my right as a consumer.

The mobiddrm tools do not work with this book. It says there is no key, maybe the PID is incorrect.

When I open the book in Mobipocket Reader, I'm prompted to login to BooksOnBoard to activate the book.

Any suggestions? I'm going to be really upset if I cannot, after all, read this book on my Sony Reader.
Did you enter a PID in the BoB site? I assume that if BoB has no place to enter the PID using MP to download it will cause it to be encoded with the correct PID.

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Old 09-17-2008, 12:03 PM   #3
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I believe I did, yes. I can read the book fine in Mobipocket Reader on my PC, and that is the PID I enter on the command line for ddrm01 and ddrm02, with the same result.

A previous book from BooksOnBoard gave me no problems (The Professor and the Madman). This new book, though, won't de-DRM.
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I believe I did, yes. I can read the book fine in Mobipocket Reader on my PC, and that is the PID I enter on the command line for ddrm01 and ddrm02, with the same result.
Do you have version 4?

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Of what? I have version 6.2 of Mobipocket Reader, and the title is a Mobipocket "PX" format book.

For the mobitools, I have mobiddrm01.exe and mobiddrm02.exe.
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Of what? I have version 6.2 of Mobipocket Reader, and the title is a Mobipocket "PX" format book.

For the mobitools, I have mobiddrm01.exe and mobiddrm02.exe.
Of mobidedrm.

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Apparently I do not. :tapping fingers:
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Apparently I do not. :tapping fingers:
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Old 09-17-2008, 12:28 PM   #9
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Thanks, but same result:

Error: no key found. maybe the PID is incorrect
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Did you download this book through MobiDesktop, or did you use a browser? I ask because I have had this problem every time I did the former, but never when I did the latter.
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Here's the problem and the solution: human error, of course. When you download a Mobipocket PX book, you don't have to register the PID on the site. When you open the book in Mobipocket Reader for the first time, it prompts you to login to the site from which you purchased the book, to activate it. This creates a DRM'd copy of the book.

It's rather important to de-DRM THIS file, not the original file you downloaded.

Umm, duh.
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Old 09-17-2008, 12:39 PM   #12
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yay for drm ! isn't it fun ?

at least you figured it out. now you can read your book.
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Here's the problem and the solution: human error, of course. When you download a Mobipocket PX book, you don't have to register the PID on the site. When you open the book in Mobipocket Reader for the first time, it prompts you to login to the site from which you purchased the book, to activate it. This creates a DRM'd copy of the book.

It's rather important to de-DRM THIS file, not the original file you downloaded.

Umm, duh.
Interesting. I've bought PX books before and a little birdie told me that the DRM can be stripped from them as usual -- without logging on, etc.

Did you previously (i.e., before buying the book) register your device PID's for both OD and PX at BooksOnBoard (you have to do it for each separately)?

But glad you got it working.
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I registered for OD, but not for PX. So apparently the prc file is in a weird, DRM'd but un-keyed state until you logon, which sends the PID to BoB and then encrypts the book. I guess, it's all speculation. But when I tried to deDRM the original download, I get the results I posted about here. Thinking it through and finding and using the file from the Mobipocket "My eBooks" folder, I get the results I want.

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I registered for OD, but not for PX.
That explains it, then. Interesting "experiment" you conducted; good info to know.
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