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Do You Know Why DRM-free E-books Are The Best?

So, do you know what e-books with DRM are? drm-free e-books

DRM stands for “digital rights management” and has been touted as a method of protecting the rights of authors

Wikipedia says DRM is “a class of controversial access control technologies that are used by hardware manufacturers, publishers, copyrightholders, and individuals with the intent to limit the use of digital content and devices after sale.”

They also say, “DRM is any technology that inhibits uses of digital content that are not desired or intended by the content provider.”

So, is the “content provider” the author or the retailer?

Should Amazon, for instance, insert DRM into the books they sell even if the author-as-content-provider doesn’t want it?

By the way, if you “buy” a book with DRM from Amazon, you’re really “renting” it, since they can revoke your ability to read the book; and, there’s no way you could send it to a friend to read………

Amongst all the good things Amazon is doing for the Book World, this stand out as their Blackest Mark.

Two previous posts here that deal with this issue are:

Distributors of Books Are Oppressing Authors?

Digital Content & Creators’ Rights [with a Very Good video]

Today I want to feature a piece of software and its WebSite that support DRM-free e-books—Calibre.

Here’s some of the “About” from their site:

“Calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books. It has a cornucopia of features divided into the following main categories:

  • Library Management – calibre manages your e-book collection for you. It is designed around the concept of the logical book, i.e., a single entry in your library that may correspond to actual e-book files in several formats.
  • E-book conversion – calibre can convert from a huge number of formats to a huge number of formats. It supports all the major e-book formats.
  • Syncing to e-book reader devices – calibre has a modular device driver design that makes adding support for different e-reader devices easy.
  • Downloading news from the web and converting it into e-book form – calibre can automatically fetch news from websites or RSS feeds, format the news into an ebook and upload to a connected device.
  • Comprehensive e-book viewer – calibre has a built-in ebook viewer that can display all the major ebook formats.
  • Content server for online access to your book collection – calibre has a built-in web server that allows you to access your ebook collection using a simple browser from any computer anywhere in the world.”

Calibre also has a service called Open Books, of which they say:

” Calibre introduces Open Books, a site for easy browsing of DRM-free e-books (e-books without DRM) that are not in the public domain. Calibre has a cornucopia of features…but to make the most of these features with your e-books you need to ensure your e-books do not carry DRM.

“Open Books is a compilation of non-DRM e-books from various sources linked to enable readers to browse and download them.

“Open Books invites you to submit links to DRM free e-books that you would like added to the database.”

Also, you can watch Calibre in action :-)

So, what do you think about DRM?

And/or, what do you think about Calibre??
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