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Old Today, 03:18 PM   #46
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Libraries are generally very good about keeping your borrowing private, I would trust a library much more than I'd trust a retailer.

But all that goes out the window with eBooks. It is not just the library you are dealing with. You will be dealing with either Amazon or Adobe too, since these third parties are the ones who add DRM to the library eBooks you borrow via Overdrive. Don't think that Amazon and Adobe are just giving away their service of adding DRM to the libraries for free, out of the goodness in their hearts. They are getting something for it. I doubt that is payment from the libraries (but I don't know that for a fact), but I'm willing to guess that what they get in return is information. As much as they can manage to get ... about the borrower. You! This is valuable for them, since they can consolidate and repackage it, then SELL it.

You will never be able to have a zero footprint if you buy/borrow eBooks, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't try to limit the footprint that you do leave.
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We'll call me naive, but how does opening an acsm file to access a library book on pc reveal any thing to Adobe, except that I borrowed a book?
And if I borrow the same book without a pc, using kobo to overdrive directly, then Adobe are totally out of the loop.
And Amazon are out of the loop in both cases.
I don't believe that ade is able to run some covert background analysis plus phone nome routine that goes unnoticed by malwarebytes etc..
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We'll call me naive, but how does opening an acsm file to access a library book on pc reveal any thing to Adobe, except that I borrowed a book?

I don't believe that ade is able to run some covert background analysis plus phone nome routine that goes unnoticed by malwarebytes etc..
Why not? A compressed list of all your books on ADE would be pretty small if Adobe decides to piggyback that info on to the data sent to Adobe when you open the acsm.
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We'll call me naive, but how does opening an acsm file to access a library book on pc reveal any thing to Adobe, except that I borrowed a book?
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I don't believe that ade is able to run some covert background analysis plus phone nome routine that goes unnoticed by malwarebytes etc..
Sorry to burst your bubble but you might want to check into the history of what ADE was reporting. A quick Google/Duck Duck Go/whatever search should bring up a decent amount of information. See What We Can Learn From The Adobe E-Reader Mess for example. There remain quite a few questions about later editions of ADE but since the major change made by Adobe was to encrypt the transmission, it's not as easy to just what information is being sent though the timing of the transmissions suggests that Adobe is no longer harvesting as much information.
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And talking about privacy and ADE: you don't need an account with Adobe to be able to retrieve a DRM epub from an ascm file. You can auth the computer without an adobe id.

This way an UUID is generated for that computer and you'll loose the hability to read the same ebook on other devices, and, you'll loose the hability to read the book again if you remove the software, even if you install it again later on.

I wouldn't recommend this to anybody, unless they're buying a book that want to deDRM and they don't want an adobe id at all. In that case it works pretty well.
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