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Old 03-06-2009, 04:38 AM   #1
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Packt Pub does it right: kills DRM restrictions

I just received this welcoming e-mail from the guys from Packt Publishing:

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I hope you don't mind this unscheduled e-mail; however the following news concerns all PacktPub.com account holders.

In December, we decided to enable the copy and paste feature on our eBooks. Following this announcement, we received a number of suggestions from customers who would like to see the password protection removed from our eBooks as well. With the increasing popularity of reading eBooks on portable devices, the password protection was proving to be an obstacle that prevented users from doing so.

Therefore, we have taken this feedback on board and decided to remove all password protection from our eBooks with immediate effect. If you own a Packt eBook, you can download it again from your account at www.PacktPub.com; this new copy will have no password protection. We would like to thank all customers who took the time to provide us with this feedback and we hope you are pleased with this outcome.

You're probably already aware of the fact that our eBooks are available as immediate downloads and are now more portable than ever. You may have our VirtualDub eBook, which we released as a free download last year. If you haven't yet experienced a Packt eBook then you'll be pleased to hear that you have another opportunity as we can exclusively reveal a second free eBook is being released today. Cameron Cooper's Building Websites with Plone was initially published in 2004 and was regarded as the definitive book on the Zope based Content Management System.

To download your free eBook, visit the book's page at www.PacktPub.com/plone/book and click on the 'Download eBook' button. You will then need to login to your account, where the Building Websites with Plone eBook will be available to download in the 'Free eBook' section. This eBook is available to anyone with a PacktPub.com account, so you're welcome to pass on the news to friends or colleagues.

If the Plone or VirtualDub eBooks aren't to your liking, then you might want to try another one of our eBooks. For the duration of March, we are offering a 30% discount off all eBooks or if you purchase two at the same time, you'll get 40% off both. Just visit www.PacktPub.com for more details.

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Old 03-06-2009, 09:11 AM   #2
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excellent news ! it's great to see more and more publishers listening to their readers, and getting it right. i just hope the more generalist publishers will also follow this road soon. congratulations to Packt for being so forward-thinking.
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Old 03-06-2009, 09:30 AM   #3
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hopefully the dominoes will now start to fall ....
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Old 03-06-2009, 12:07 PM   #4
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Packt has some cool IT books. Alex, what book(s) did you buy there?
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Old 03-06-2009, 12:12 PM   #5
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Packt has some cool IT books. Alex, what book(s) did you buy there?
That would be Lighttpd (978-1-847192-10-3) and OpenVPN (978-1-904811-85-5). Both excellent books!
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Old 03-06-2009, 12:25 PM   #6
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I wasn't even aware of this publisher, and I'm seeing some books that are very attractive (and pertinent to my current projects at work). Now that they've been convinced to take off the DRM, wonder if they can be convinced to release the books in any format other than PDF. Of course, I probably should buy a book and see how successful I might be in shifting the format from PDF to MobiPocket or ePub.
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Old 03-06-2009, 12:39 PM   #7
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Elsi, there appears to be no DRM; however, the PDF content is branded to your name (on every page, see attachment). Not that it would personally bother me.
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Old 03-06-2009, 03:02 PM   #8
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No DRM!

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Old 03-06-2009, 03:03 PM   #9
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BTW: Manning and Pragmatic ebooks are DRM free PDF also. They too have the "Owner Branding" in them.

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Well, that's good news!

I just acquired my first digital reader, a Sony PRS-700 which I don't have in had yet as it's being shipped to me. However, I do have an iPod touch and with the recent Kindle for iPod, I bought a book from Amazon Kindle Store and now want to find a way to strip the dang file of the DRM. I want to transport the file to my PRS-700 to read it when it comes.

DRM makes transferring files between one's own devices rather cumbersome. I own two laptops, an iPod touch, and soon a PRS-700. DRM is creating some havoc in allowing me to read the protected documents across these four devices. What a pain!
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