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Old 04-11-2009, 04:13 PM   #1
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Lightbulb "drmfree" tag introduced at Amazon

TeleRead reports on a campaign to spread the "drmfree" tag in Amazon.com's Kindle store.

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Both Steve (Windwalker) and I (David Rothman) urge other writers to tag their DRMless e-books the same way, in the wake of his TeleRead post calling for this. Then they’ll show up when people type drmfree into Amazon’s tag search engine. Tagging is easy, and you can do it in a flash.
The point is simple: Let consumers see what is DRM-encumbered, and what is DRM-free in the Kindle strore, and vote with their wallets. Their hope is that eventually, Amazon will get the message and dump DRM from the Kindle store altogether, or at least wherever possible.

They also advocate independent sellers using the tag. I've already added it to my website's keywords, since all of my novels are sold DRM-free. I encourage any othr authors of DRM-free material (and sites like MobileRead) to do the same where applicable.
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Old 04-11-2009, 06:08 PM   #2
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See Add a Tag to DRM-Free Kindle ebooks for a thread on the earlier teleread article, which suggested drm-free. I think drmfree is ok, we just all need to use the same tag.

I have a python script, kindledrm.py, which can identify DRM-free AZW ebooks, see Kindle Books From Amazon Without DRM. This really needs to be a self contained GUI program to get widest use.
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Old 04-11-2009, 06:30 PM   #3
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See Add a Tag to DRM-Free Kindle ebooks for a thread on the earlier teleread article, which suggested drm-free. I think drmfree is ok, we just all need to use the same tag.
True, picking one or the other would be a good idea. I've already used "drmfree" based on today's TR article, but my tags can be changed with a find-and-replace run... or, for that matter, I can add "drm-free" using the same tool. I'm good either way, and until a consensus is reached, may go ahead and add the variation.
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Old 04-11-2009, 07:04 PM   #4
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Again, tags can't be removed. So there's no way to fix a book if it's tagged incorrectly, or if DRM is added to a later version. This is not a solution on which consumers can rely.
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Old 04-11-2009, 10:27 PM   #5
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If DRM is added to a later version, tag it with "drm-added" and possibly the date.
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Again, tags can't be removed. So there's no way to fix a book if it's tagged incorrectly, or if DRM is added to a later version. This is not a solution on which consumers can rely.
That is a bit of a problem! But I will certainly be using DRM tag as a way to browse books. I only buy something DRMed if it is a 'must have' kind of book.
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Old 04-12-2009, 09:58 AM   #7
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Again, tags can't be removed. So there's no way to fix a book if it's tagged incorrectly, or if DRM is added to a later version. This is not a solution on which consumers can rely.
Eventually... hopefully... it can become a label attached at the pricing or sale point, so consumers will see the tag (or lack thereof) when they are about to buy, as in:

Cost: $2.50
drmfree


I have added that to my sale pages, even though it is a bit redundant in my case, just so customers can see it.

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Old 04-12-2009, 10:42 AM   #8
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It might be an experiment to offer the same book with and without DRM and see if there is any difference in sales.
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Old 04-12-2009, 11:58 AM   #9
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Old 04-13-2009, 09:34 AM   #10
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Hi all! Nashville, TN checking in here! I JUST received a Kindle 2 from my beloved husband for our 27th Anniversary, and I could not be more excited. But I am a COMPLETE novice, not only with the Kindle, but also with most things "technology". Would someone be kind enough to explain to me what "DRM" is, and why I would try to locate E-books without it? I also want to tell you all how much I appreciate the threads on where to locate free books, as well as where you can borrow them from libraries. One of my original reasons for wanting a Kindle is that I love reading and writing, and I wanted to be able to support the authors through book sales. I INTEND TO PURCHASE MANY VOLUMES through both Amazon and other outlets, but if I can also add to my library through these free or loan services, I can afford more titles.

Thank you for all your help and good wishes and info,
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Old 04-13-2009, 09:53 AM   #11
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Hi Lori, and welcome to mobileread !

DRM means "digital rights management" or "digital restriction management" depending on who you ask. it is basically a sort of "lock" on digital media (mp3s, ebooks, etc.) which will limit the ways in which you can access the media. for instance, drm can be used to "lock" an ebook to a specific device, which means if you get a new device, you won't be able to read the books you already have. for a more complete article, please take a look at our wiki : DRM. although editors claim that drm is used to prevent illicit copying of files, most people dislike drm because it ends up restricting "fair use" more than anything else, locking customers out of access to media they have legitimately purchased (a kindle owner cannot read their kindle books on a sony device, for example, unless they remove the drm). i hope that makes it a little more clear to you ; don't hesitate to ask if you still have questions. and take a look around the forums as well for many other discussions about drm and other aspects of ebooks. happy reading !
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Old 04-13-2009, 11:01 AM   #12
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This appears to be an education process for the public. Apple was roundly criticized for its DRM approach to music. Amazon, not so much. True, the audience is relatively small now, but it can only grow. The issue should be addressed now.
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Old 04-13-2009, 09:10 PM   #13
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hey guys.

i understand the drm fight - and i am against drm in general. i am wondering though - what do drm-free ebooks on amazon give us? Does it just mean i can put it on more than one kindle? or can I put it on a sony reader? I am probably going to buy a prs-505, but i am not experienced with the issues and formats yet.

bottom line: can i buy a drm-free ebook from amazon and put it on my sony prs-505? that would be awesome. (with or without conversions?)
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bottom line: can i buy a drm-free ebook from amazon and put it on my sony prs-505? that would be awesome. (with or without conversions?)
You'll still need a Kindle to purchase Kindle books. The file will be in a MobiPocket format, so to read it on the Sony you will need to do a conversion to one of the formats Sony reads (LRF, BBeB, ePub, TXT, RTF, PDF, MS Word).
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But without DRM you can do the conversion. And you can use them directly in other devices that support mobipocket, like the Cybook, or in desktop apps.
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