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Old 06-17-2019, 11:58 AM   #16
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I think it's the publisher who has to check the box that makes it appear as "Print Replica" when they upload the book, so it sounds as if they messed up in this case.

I play the piano myself, and so buy quite a lot of books of sheet music. That's one thing I'd always buy as a paper book!
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Old 06-17-2019, 12:18 PM   #17
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I think it's the publisher who has to check the box that makes it appear as "Print Replica" when they upload the book, so it sounds as if they messed up in this case.

I play the piano myself, and so buy quite a lot of books of sheet music. That's one thing I'd always buy as a paper book!
yep. I sort of get the attraction though, having stuff like the jazz fake books on an ipad instead of lugging around a full set of 20+ fat books - a heavy suitcase full...
I have some of those which have been indexed in pdf so on a PC the index volume will open the correct other volume at the correct page on one click, but I could never get that to work on tablets. I tried lots of mobile PDF readers but none could act on a link to load a different file AND open it on a specific page

last time i looked, the Jamey Aebersold jazz playalong series : 120+ books with CDs are not available in any mobile versions either

there are guitar tab apps e.g. songsterr, that will resize, reflow, and sync playback. I am not aware of any that work for traditional staved music but as the top end programs for that are priced in hundreds of pounds, its not something I can afford to get into anyway!

e.g. finale printmusic
Retail $600
Academic/Theological $350
windows only - no mobile versions

what amazon are doing is just pushing out "kindle versions" of music , with no real thought to useability. Fine if you are one of the few folks who can study and memorize an entire score in advance, but useless for play as you read
i guess there not enough demand for anyone to develop a full on music + audio delivery mechanism to a mobile device, complete auto scroll or with a foot operated bluetooth "page turner" gizmo

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Old 06-18-2019, 12:26 PM   #18
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That really bites. I can't study or read long on the computer, there's no way I could study a course like that. Then again I prefer books for studying non-fiction anyway - seem to absorb the information better and get to play with the highlighters.
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Old 07-13-2019, 01:24 PM   #19
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All of this is interesting, but I would like to return to discussing Pearson's textbooks on Amazon, and whether there is any way to remove the DRM from them. I found a book I need to buy that is over 50% off the price of a used textbook (!) in eTextbook format, but really don't want to use the Kindle app.

Are we sure this is really a Kindle book, and not the same eTextbook that can be purchased elsewhere ( https://www.ecampus.com/etextbooks , https://www.vitalsource.com/ , Pearson's own https://www.pearsonhighered.com/etextbooks/ , et al)? Is it possible Amazon just added the eTextbook reader routines to the Kindle app at 1.26 so they could grab part of the sale for pre-existing eTextbooks?

And the real question - anyone know of a really cheap eTextbook that can be purchased from Amazon and used for examination? If there's an inexpensive one out there, I'll take one for the team...
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Are we sure this is really a Kindle book, and not the same eTextbook that can be purchased elsewhere ( https://www.ecampus.com/etextbooks , https://www.vitalsource.com/ , Pearson's own https://www.pearsonhighered.com/etextbooks/ , et al)? Is it possible Amazon just added the eTextbook reader routines to the Kindle app at 1.26 so they could grab part of the sale for pre-existing eTextbooks?
The e-books Amazon sells are in proprietary Kindle formats. These particular books are only available on platforms that support Amazon's KFX format with secure DRM that cannot currently be cracked. They would have to be read within one of the supported Kindle apps.

(I verified that KFX is used for these books by looking at the free samples.)

I don't know what Pearson sells directly, but the other two sites you mentioned (ecampus and vitalsource) also use proprietary formats locked to their particular apps.

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