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Old 04-28-2010, 01:14 PM   #1
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Question Epub with DRM ebooks for the Ipad

I'm thinking buying an Ipad. I already own a Sony Pocket Edition and have bought many epub format books for it. Can I transfer these ebooks to the Ipad? I have read that non-DRM epub books can be transferred but have not found any info on ebooks bought from Sony or Kobo.

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Old 04-28-2010, 01:18 PM   #2
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You'll have to strip off the DRM to read Sony books on the iPad. There is no Sony reader app like there is for the Kindle and soon Barnes and Noble.

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Old 04-28-2010, 06:23 PM   #3
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You'll have to strip off the DRM to read Sony books on the iPad. There is no Sony reader app like there is for the Kindle and soon Barnes and Noble.

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Fortunately, this is easy to do on a PC or a Mac.

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Old 04-28-2010, 06:24 PM   #4
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You can technically read them in txtr. The app hasn't been updated yet for the iPad though, so you have to either have the app be roughly iPhone sized, or double it and have the text blurry and illegible.

So no, not really. Not yet anyway.
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Old 04-29-2010, 09:25 AM   #5
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Thanks for the info. I don't think i'm tech savvy enough to strip the DRM so it looks like an Ipad is out, at least until Sony releases an App.
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Makes sense to wait

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Old 04-29-2010, 10:03 AM   #7
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Kobo books can simply be redownloaded in ePub or PDF format. I try and buy all my content from Kobo because they work very hard at supporting multiple platforms.

Sony has made no mention of an app for the iDevice platform and I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for one. I did purchase a few titles through them when I first got my 600 but stopped when I found the alternatives. If you're really interested in an iPad (and in my opinion it beat my 600 without much contest) then you might want to look into stripping your purchased titles of their DRM and moving them over. Even if you don't go to an iPad, you'll be able to take them to any other device that supports the ePub format. The process isn't all that difficult, doesn't take long and only needs to be done once. There are plenty of guides if you search google.
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We're is considering adding support for loading DRM'd ePubs to our iPad app. Not 100% decided yet and we're still working out the details. Once I know more, I'll sure we'll let everyone know.

We are trying to gauge interest in this feature, so please leave a message here or PM me if you think that would be an important feature for you.
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I would like to see Kobo allow me to import my own ePubs. I'm a far bigger fan of your store than Apple's and could ditch iBooks for good.

I'm appending to my list..

1. Fonts, more choices than the four available. The iPad has a lot more fonts installed, why limit me?
2. The ability to change the colors, the background from white, the text from black. If not free-form (and allow me to save some presets) then give us some options, a light grey, or a parchment color, something other than bright-white.
3. Copy snippets of of text. Along with this, if I tap on a URL, give me the option to copy it, or open it in Safari.

Highlighting text, annotations, built-in-dictionary. All nice extras, but farther down the list than these four.

Please keep your landscape mode and don't add two-page, or make it an option, it's pretty, but silly, at least to me.

I like the bookmarks, cute options, maybe allow me to set the style when I set the bookmark (a sort of highlighting pages..).

I do like Kobo and am a big fan of your store. Please keep up the good work! And I would be willing to pay a few bucks for a "pro" version of your app that would add extra features.

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Old 05-01-2010, 04:31 PM   #10
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@JCKobo That would be a wonderful feature to add! I would definitely use the Kobo reader instead of readMe if I could add my own books to my e-library. Kobo would be one of the first apps in that space for the iPad.
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Old 05-01-2010, 04:53 PM   #11
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We're is considering adding support for loading DRM'd ePubs to our iPad app. Not 100% decided yet and we're still working out the details. Once I know more, I'll sure we'll let everyone know.

We are trying to gauge interest in this feature, so please leave a message here or PM me if you think that would be an important feature for you.
imo, being able to load non-kobo books (epub) is imperative - drm'd or not.

I downloaded the kobo app for my iphone, but deleted it as soon as I realized it was only good for reading books bought on kobo - way too limited.
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Old 05-01-2010, 07:41 PM   #12
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We're is considering adding support for loading DRM'd ePubs to our iPad app. Not 100% decided yet and we're still working out the details. Once I know more, I'll sure we'll let everyone know.

We are trying to gauge interest in this feature, so please leave a message here or PM me if you think that would be an important feature for you.
Yes, please add that. I just downloaded kobo but won't use it much without that feature. I agree that could persuade me to buy more books through Kobo. I hope this includes library books, too!
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Old 05-02-2010, 09:56 AM   #13
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We're is considering adding support for loading DRM'd ePubs to our iPad app. Not 100% decided yet and we're still working out the details. Once I know more, I'll sure we'll let everyone know.

We are trying to gauge interest in this feature, so please leave a message here or PM me if you think that would be an important feature for you.
YES - please put myself and my wife down for 2 "yes" votes. Support for DRM'd PDFs would be nice also - that is what the libraries we belong to primarily offer.

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We're is considering adding support for loading DRM'd ePubs to our iPad app. Not 100% decided yet and we're still working out the details. Once I know more, I'll sure we'll let everyone know.
We are trying to gauge interest in this feature, so please leave a message here or PM me if you think that would be an important feature for you.
Absolutely interested. I've bought tons of books from Sony, and don't have the technical know-how to make them readable on anything else. ( 2 full days trying I only buy KOBO & others that are transferable, now that I get understand. But, I would love to be transfer the Sony books to another device, as iPad.
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Old 05-03-2010, 08:10 AM   #15
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We're is considering adding support for loading DRM'd ePubs to our iPad app. Not 100% decided yet and we're still working out the details. Once I know more, I'll sure we'll let everyone know.

We are trying to gauge interest in this feature, so please leave a message here or PM me if you think that would be an important feature for you.
I would love this feature. I already buy more books from Kobo than Sony, and would not switch to ibooks because i couldn't read them on my Pocket Edition.
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