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There's the freedom to give, lend, or sell a book to anyone you wish — blocked by DRM and unjust licenses. Then there's the freedom to keep a book — denied by a back door for remote deletion of books. If you try to exercise these rights anyway, you might be violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act DMCA -- which could bring severe criminal penalties -- and site can try to revoke your ability to use all the books you've bought.
After you read a physical book, you can give it to a friend or sell it.
Not so with a Kindle book. You can donate a physical book to a library -- an institution whose purpose is to continue sharing it for as long as possible. The Kindle's DRM, however, is designed explicitly to prevent sharing and the public benefit that institutions like libraries provide.
That's a pathetic and failed attempt to replicate what was always a very natural aspect of printed books. In terms of strict analogy, Kindle DRM even prohibits you from moving your books to another shelf.
Any DRMed book you download for the Kindle is forever locked to your Kindle until site decides otherwise and they show no sign of wanting to give up that control. If somebody else makes another ebook reader one that perhaps also gives authors a better deal readers are stuck with the Kindle, unless they want to redownload the books they've already bought.
Like Apple and the iPod, site uses DRM to create lock-in: they don't want you using competing products from other companies. But the DRM affects you even if you don't try to copy or move your books.
site knows what site books you have on your Kindle, and we strongly suspect that it also has the back door capability to view and delete non-site books remotely as well. And like many companies that trade in digital intellectual property, site includes digital rights management DRM software in their e-books.
The stated purpose is to prevent piracy, and for that DRM is modestly effective. But DRM also inconveniences legitimate customers. The problem here is that America's copyright lawyers figured out how to change the rules of ownership.
When you download a paperback book, its content belongs to the author, but the physical book belongs to you. You can loan it to someone, trade it, sell it, or just keep it and reread it as many times as you want. But when you "download" a Kindle book, you're renting temporary authorization from site to store the book on up to 6 site-approved devices.
This arrangement is bad for customers, for a number of reasons: Any Kindle book that you "own" can disappear at any time, because of technological failure, change of license, or simple human error. If site ever abandons their Kindle business, all your Kindle books could vanish in a flash. Wait, though, isn't site too big to disappear?
DRM interferes with legal uses of copyrighted text, like satire, reuse in teaching materials, and citation in reviews or academic papers. As a one-time IT guy at a public university, I frequently battled with DRM-ed written and recorded materials that instructors or researchers wanted to excerpt. The worst offender here is DVD region encoding.
DRM-ed Kindle books are incompatible with non-site book readers and software. Sure, site software is supported on most platforms now, but what about a decade from now? How many people still have the equipment to read a floppy disk, VHS tape, phonograph record, or audio cassette?
A lot of music, art, and writing is abandoned every time our storage technology changes to a different format, whether you're talking about reel-to-reel tapes or clay tablets.
If it's important to you, make as many different copies of it as you can stand. But DRM isn't going away, so December Added a note about using Calibre with a Kindle reading app instead of an e-ink Kindle. April As of version 6. You'll also need to install the KFX conversion plugin to import your.
Download and install the Calibre e-book management utility. Calibre is open-source software and costs nothing, although if you find it useful you might throw developer Kovid Goyal a few dollars.
Calibre is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. This comes as a.
Click images for full size. Click the "Load plugin from file" button.
Calibre will add this plugin under its "File type plugins" list in the Preferences window.