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#1 Rick Spilman

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 04:25 PM

There has been an steady increase in the call to remove DRM (Digital Rights Management) from ebooks because it does nothing to stop ebook piracy but does inconvenience legal users. I will be interesting to see if Tor is an outlier or the beginning of a larger trend.

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#2 Tom Preece

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 06:41 PM

Ah, the first step in the return to traditional publishing. Let the ebook writers beware. Your content just became sharable across space and time. Actually it has been for some time if you look for the DRM stripping devices.

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 07:10 PM

Ah, the first step in the return to traditional publishing. Let the ebook writers beware. Your content just became sharable across space and time. Actually it has been for some time if you look for the DRM stripping devices.


That is the point. The only people who are inconvenienced by DRM are the folks who buy the books.

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 07:38 PM

In case some have missed this here is the death of DRM.

http://www.wired.com...oks-and-others/

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 11:59 AM

People have always shared books, recordings, etc., always will.

Personally, I think that the more people I can get to read one of my stories, the better my odds of increasing my readership. (Or running it off. :wink: )

If I pick up a reader who likes my drivel enough, the better the odds they will buy my next title. Heck, if they like my schlock enough, they may even get their friends in on the act. ( I can dream, can't I?)

My problem at the moment isn't who may be sharing my stories, but how the Hell do I get them to do just that?! :blink: :wink: :laugh:

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 02:49 PM

You've got a good point Peter. If we were popular enough to be ripped off we'd probably be pretty well known.

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 06:54 PM

Yup, I found something like that a while back. I somehow kept a copy of the first ebook I'd purchase (mobi pocket edition) and once I had the plug-in that let me read it using Calibre, I was able to convert it to epub.

DRM has always been a bit of a pain. It's a great idea for library use, but for the paying reader, it is a pain. I'd love to see it die.

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 08:43 AM

Amen to that!

I'd be dancing in the street to discover a million readers knew and liked my stories enough to share them with friends. How many buyers would be jumping to be the first to get their hands next one out of a number like that?

OH HELLS YEA!

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