I’m not a computer programmer or anything like that. I mean, I’m pretty okay with my html and css and don’t get scared by sql queries, but actually writing programs or plugins or the like is beyond me. So I was very happy to find this blog post with the tools and explanation of how to use them for stripping the DRM off purchased ebooks.
I’ve been using an ereader for over half a year now and I like it, but I’ve only been able to fill it from places like ManyBooks (which is an awesome site for free ebooks in a multiplicity of formats) because I want to be able to move my ebooks around from ereader to ereader after I spend money on them. But Amazon and Barnes & Noble and Chapters and Sony all want you to be locked in to keep on buying their ereaders, so they make their books unusable on the other companies’ devices. Which is bullshit.
Until I read that post above, I knew it would be possible to strip the DRM off and free up the things I bought, but didn’t know how. The best part of those tools is that they’re plugins for the opensource ebook manager I was already using, Calibre. So now I can buy books for my Sony reader at Amazon and they’ll work. I’ll be able to buy current fiction instead of reading Shelley, Verne and Lovecraft. In fact, I already have.
Sadly enough this means an iPad (or iPad2) is now not as out of the question a device for me as it used to be. I’ll be strong and resist. It’s not like I have the money to throw at such a device anyway.