Amazon Quietly Lets Publishers Remove DRM (Update: Or Quietly Adds DRM?)

from the that-seems-like-big-news dept

While everyone was focused on the new Kindle app store or the new royalty rates, perhaps a more interesting new thing slipped quietly by: without telling anyone, Amazon is now giving publishers the option to remove DRM from ebooks. It's odd that Amazon wouldn't publicly announce this, but I'm sure it has its own reasons. I doubt many publishers will actually go DRM-free for now, but at least a few can, and I would imagine that will make some Kindle users a lot more comfortable about buying those ebooks. Update: Hmm. In the comments someone points out that another take on this is that it's actually allowing some publishers who didn't use DRM before to use it. That would explain why it wasn't mentioned...


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    OSCAR MIKE, Jan 22nd, 2010 @ 4:07pm

    Thank God

    Not that I'm going to buy a Kindle anyway, but it's a good sign.

     

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    Dkp, Jan 22nd, 2010 @ 4:17pm

    they should be making a very big deal about this

     

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    faceless (profile), Jan 22nd, 2010 @ 4:21pm

    from what i read about this on CNET, they're giving small (and self) publishers the option to *add* DRM as previously, anyone who used their Digital Text Platform (DTP) didn't have any DRM on their ebooks at all. All of the "Big" Publishers use a totally different publishing platform that has a different (better?) DRM available for them to use.

     

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    Steve (profile), Jan 22nd, 2010 @ 5:05pm

    step 1 complete

    Step 1 to me buying an eBook reader is complete. Step 2 will be publishers releasing a good quantity of books I am interested in without DRM. It has to be enough books to justify the cost. I really like the idea of an eBook reader, but previous experiences with pre DRM free iTunes and Audible have scared me away from any service that can lock my purchases to a specific device.

     

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    bob, Jan 22nd, 2010 @ 7:00pm

    whats it equal

    Kindle + DRM = P. O. S.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 24th, 2010 @ 11:27am

    bob you are completely wrong. Steve makes a reasonable point - for him, an ebook reader should have particular requirements that are reasonable.

    But Kindle with DRM is not a POS. It works very well and you are not tied to a specific unit with your purchases. You can have multiple Kindle's on an account and share items between them. More importantly, it is clear what you are getting into when you buy it and when you buy the books. Kindle books are sold as Kindle books - not as "ereader books" - so the customer is well aware they are buying for the device.

    While I appreciate the concept of a business model that does not use DRM, it is ridiculous to use that as a reason to mark a product a POS, especially when it is very clear to the buyer what he is buying.

    /a

     

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    Marcel de Jong (profile), Jan 25th, 2010 @ 4:05am

    Re:

    I can't read Kindle Books on my Bebook ereader. At least not if I also want to use epub ebooks

     

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    Marcel de Jong (profile), Jan 25th, 2010 @ 4:08am

    Re: Re:

    And with that, I mean: anything with DRM makes it a P.O.S.
    Because it limits you and creates a monopoly, which you don't want in a free market.

     

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    falexak (profile), Jan 25th, 2010 @ 9:49pm

    It is good for publisher but not so well for sharing, anyway, thanks Kindle.

     

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    kevin (profile), Apr 14th, 2011 @ 12:12am

    You've wrote a very well-written entry.
    If it's ok with you, I would like to ask permission to use your article as it fits to my problem. I will be glad to negotiate to pay you or hire you for this. pelletizing press

     

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    lrobbo (profile), Jun 12th, 2012 @ 11:27am

    Cheers Amazon.

     

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