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Old 01-21-2010, 04:36 PM   #16
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I can't think of a way that a DRMed Mobipocket book could have unlimited simultaneous device usage. So yes, I think if it says that, the title must be DRM-free.
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Old 01-21-2010, 04:45 PM   #17
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Should be a handy feature. I take it enabling TTS is required, though.

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I can't think of a way that a DRMed Mobipocket book could have unlimited simultaneous device usage. So yes, I think if it says that, the title must be DRM-free.
I'd like to know why Amazon did this though, as your reasoning doesn't mean that they couldn't put a limit on a DRM-free Mobipocket book. No way I can think of they could enforce it, but I could see them doing it.

(Basically, if this is in response to author requests, then they're providing the lip service that they *are* publishing their books DRM-free. But if it's in response to market pressure driving them to offer DRM-free books, which I hope, then I'd think they'd want a more explicit indicator. But maybe this is some sort of trial to see whether or not making them DRM-free affects sales.)
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Old 01-21-2010, 06:33 PM   #19
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Amazon makes the money by selling the Kindle devices, not by selling eBooks right now. So they could advertise "buy five Kindles for the whole family but only one eBook - you all can read it at the same time!", and eBooks without DRM suddenly are an asset for them.

Since I also sell my eBooks in Germany without DRM it was nice to find this option on DTP when they opened the platform to international publishers last week!
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Actually the change allows authors using the Amazon Digital Text program to more easily opt-in to DRM, not the other way around. The Amazon Digital text program is DRM free by default. This simply gives authors a one-click tool to add DRM to their publications. No so good news at all...

See: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/01...m_drm_changes/
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