Its May the 4th. Star Wars day and more importantly its the International Day Against DRM.
Buying eBooks currently is a farce. Here’s my experience.
I love the Big Issue that’s sold in the UK, its fantastic in the service it provides, the magazine it produces and the cracks in the society that it fills.
The direct offering is through Amazon. For the first time in ages they have a reasonably priced eBook (unlike all the other eBooks which are priced the same as their paperback equivalent) However its their ‘Kindle’ edition – so you’ve gotta install their Kindle reader.
But I don’t want to install the Kindle reader. These two things mean that I’ll currently never buy an eBook through Amazon:
- Massively over priced eBooks at the same price as paperbacks
- Kindle only crap
You’re next option is Barnes and Noble copy - they convert into dollars whack a good margin on top ($8.99 does not equate to £3.25 – it doesn’t cost you anything to produce a copy) and is only available on their stupid Nook readers.
So I search for the publisher Lulu and find their version of the book that they sell directly. They seem quite cool, help independent writers get published. So I buy it through them. Interestingly they do have a large price difference between the eBook (£3.50) and the paperback (£14.50) – Amazon take note.
So I buy it, and download it.
The only version you can buy is ‘ePub for Adobe Digital Editions Format’. Now I know and understand epub formats, they the standard format for eReaders everywhere. Well ‘ePub for Adobe Digital Editions Format’ sure as shit ‘aint the same as ePub. It has feck all to ePub as far as I can tell. Its DRM infected. That you can read on a sum total of 83 devices. Probably about 0.1% of all eReaders.
Adobe claim it can be read on the Aldiko eBook reader. My Aldiko eBook reader on my Android phone will import .epub files but not DRM .acsm.
So the only place to read my book is on my PC and I have to bow to the Adobe “install our crap” wishes.
DRM sucks, its defective by design.
Update: it turns out the Aldiko eBook reader on the Google Play market will open Adobe DRM books, just not my crappy pre-installed version. You only have to be a programmer for 10 years to figure that out.
Many thanks to Stonejenson for replying – you can get DRM free versions of his book at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/167456