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Subject: Amazon and DRM
Date Posted: 1/11/2012 4:02 PM ET
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Is there a way to tell if a book at Amazon has DRM before you buy?

Date Posted: 1/11/2012 4:07 PM ET
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From what I understand, if you see this in the book details then it's DRM free.

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Date Posted: 1/11/2012 4:31 PM ET
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Thanks Cindy!  I'll let her know.

Date Posted: 2/3/2012 9:01 AM ET
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The search for books option in Calibre also lists whether or not DRM is attached.


Date Posted: 2/6/2012 12:01 AM ET
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A DRM book means that if you bought it from Amazon, you can only read it on a Kindle or with Kindle software that is logged in to the amazone account from which you bought it. Same thing with Barnes and Noble. Buy it on a Nook and you can read it on you Droid, but you have to be looged in using your B&N account.


Which means you cannot use one of the wonderful e-readers that exist outside of Kindle and Nook. Apps that are many toimes better and easier to use. Like Aldiko or MoonReader (android)

Date Posted: 2/6/2012 8:51 AM ET
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I have a Sony and I can read B&N ebooks on it.  I use Calibre and have the plugins installed to strip the DRM from any ebook I buy so I can use it on whatever ereader I may have.

Date Posted: 2/6/2012 1:50 PM ET
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Or if you have a tablet, you can read books from both Amazon & B&N just by downloading their apps.