Was Kindle's DRM Hacked?

from the reverse-hacking dept

Engadget is reporting that someone has "hacked" the Kindle. But that's a little misleading: it doesn't mean someone has figured out how to crack the copy-protection on Kindle-formatted e-books. Rather, someone has figured out how to convert protected books in MobiPocket format (which Amazon owns) to the closely-related Kindle format. That means that if you've purchased protected Mobipocket books, you now have the option to play them on your Kindle. That's good news, but it's not exactly a major crack in the Kindle's DRM scheme. It's more reminiscent of Real's Harmony software, which allowed Real's DRMed music to be played on iPods. Still, it's only a matter of time before someone figures out how to crack Kindle's DRM wide open. My guess is that so far no one has bothered because there aren't enough Kindles around for anyone to care.

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Thought Cancer says:

The Kindle Would Be More Useful If

The Kindle would become infinitely more useful if Amazon provided software to convert other file formats to Kindle (kind of like how Sony’s “mp3” players would take your tracks and convert them to the fairly useless ATRAC format).

For example, I have a respectable collection of books in PDF, CHM, and TXT format that I would LOVE to take with me in a Kindle. But there’s no real easy way to convert books in other formats to Kindle, and even less so if I wanted to batch convert thousands of books (as I do).

If only the Kindle were able to handle other book formats, it’s sales would skyrocket. I’m not the only person with a large digital book collection, and I’m not about to rebuy my library.

Phuoc Le says:

Re: Re: Re: The Kindle Would Be More Useful If

Actually, do your research before you speak.

It is free if you don’t want to have it delivered wirelessly.

Just email it to yourname@free.kindle.com instead and the conversion will be EMAILED back to you. Then you load it on your Kindle via USB.

The 10 cents fee is only if you wanted the converted document delivered wirelessly. There is a charge from Sprint for that after all so they need to recoup it.

Mike (user link) says:

Re: The Kindle Would Be More Useful If

Very recently I came across one website which provide ebook conversion service along with kindle ebook conversion at very affordable rates, mostly for the PDF ebook which consists of tables and images which are quite tough to convert them to ebook format such as mobipocket, kindle or MS reader, but I have found that the above ebook conversion company converts these type of ebooks in more profession and efficient way at very reasonable rate.

David Mould (user link) says:

The future should be Mobipocket

Despite Kindle’s good points it’s current weaknesses don’t make up for it’s strengths. Too US centric today. iRex’s iLiad supports the Mobipocket format and with their recent deal with Dymocks in Australia the device can use the onboard WiFi connection to download the eBook content there in the store.
That model is certainly more flexible than relying on EV-DO services.

DeveloperZero says:

Kindle conversion

There are, in fact, two ways to convert files. When you register your kindle, you are given to e-mail addresses; the first one converts the file, then sends it back to you, the second one converts the file, and sends it to your kindle. The former is free, and the latter costs 10cents each.

The kindle is compatible with about half a dozen file formats (including .txt and .pdf), but they have to be sent to one of the above mentioned addresses and converted first. However, it is NOT compatible with any form of DRM file except the proprietary kindle format (which is just Mobipocket with an extra digit added to the encryption key).

Note: All the above information is secondhand knowledge gained from reading the Mobilread.com Forums, the best place to go to find anything related to eBooks.

Jack (user link) says:

Now the generation begins for ebook, a very easy way to drag out the information you want any time, the way you want, and feed it in our brain. Ebook reading is one of them, we can convert any files format to kindle with a high resolution quality…so our thanks to http://www.itglobalsolution.com and http://www.kindleconversion.com for their research on ebook.

Not Kindle says:

Amazon.com going after webpage owners

I just heard that amazon.com’s legal team is going after any website that offers to convert books, etc. over to the kindle format. That is a one really good marketing plan on their part. Limit the number of companies that can convert books to Kindle format and thereby limit the number of kindles that will be sold.

I wonder what Harvard Business Graduate/Genius thought of that one?

BTW: I wonder how all the people named “Kindle” (and there are many) feel about their name being used like that?

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