Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Amazon adds DRM to ‘DRM-free’ Harry Potter eBooks - GeekWire

Read the fine print

“An original announcement about the pending digital publication of J.K. Rowling’s epic said Rowling’s Pottermore site, “will sell DRM-free eBooks of the series for the first time.”

Apparently, not exactly. Nate Hoffelder of The Digital Reader blog writes he brought a copy and tried load it directly into the Kindle app for Windows — and got an error message. After contacting Amazon.com, he said he was told, “All titles that are pushed wirelessly from Pottermore to Kindle, or to other retailer’s eBook services and readers, are DRM encrypted at Pottermore’s request.”

So Hoffelder concludes that while technically, a Potter title starts as DRM-free at Pottermore, DRM is added once it passes through an eBookseller such as Amazon. Magically transformed, if you will.”

Amazon adds DRM to ‘DRM-free’ Harry Potter eBooks - GeekWire

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