Much has been written on the ephemeral nature of e-books and e-bookstores, and we’re losing yet another one at the end of the month.
I just received an email that Rainbow eBooks is closing their web store on September 30. They will remain open so customers can download their purchases through the end of the year.
This is another reminder that while e-books are convenient, readers need to manage their purchases. Backing them up is an excellent idea, especially when purchasing from smaller, niche stores like Rainbow. Do I think Amazon is going out of business and that you’ll lose all your books? No, but I recommend backing up all purchases, even those from Amazon, especially of books you know you’re going to want to read again.
There are several excellent online tutorials on how to remove DRM so you’ll never have to worry about losing access to your purchases, even if you change devices. Naturally, we only recommend removing DRM for your own use, not for sharing/uploading to pirate sites.