BBG reader Kym paid legitimately for her e-books, but now the e-books don’t work because the DRM behind them is dead.
I refuse to buy another darn ebook until I have unfettered access to the thing and as an engineer I’m DYING to have a good solution so I can read digitally and carry my library with me, but until DRM is GONE or there is a good way around it, forget it. I don’t trust anything if it has DRM, at some point I’m going to be locked out of it and the hassle involved in getting it unlocked is too much. I’ve tried all sorts of tech support trying to get these existing ebooks to open and when microsoft’s reader updated a few years ago, it is a lost cause, I cannot get them open. It is beyond aggravating.
I’ve never used any e-book DRM and don’t know jack about it. What’s the insider advice on defeating dead systems?
The part that aggravates me is how content providers screw over those who actually give them money. Such behavior is an advertisment for piracy as the only way to be sure you’re getting a durable, quality product. Take, for example, Wal-Mart: rather than give the DRM keys to their customers now that it’s killing the entire system anyway, it instead issues self-serving advice like “burn your tracks to CD and then re-rip them.” This is expensive, time-consuming and likely to result in recompressing compressed data, which seriously reduces audio quality.
Kym, maybe tell us a bit more about your ebooks, in case someone out there has a direct fix for your particular cut of cloth.