TeleRead made its mark, among other things, as an early booster of e-book standards at the consumer level. Our OpenReader initative jogged the main e-book industry trade group into giving the world ePub.
But the battle isn’t over. Warring proprietary DRM schemes gummed up the works, and just earlier this month, reports surfaced of Nook GlowLight Plus owners not being able even to read ePub library books or those from other stores. Let’s hope B&N can successfully fix its botched handling of Adobe Digital Editions DRM if it hasn’t already.
Worse, Amazon is stubbornly sticking to its own proprietary formats and may be getting even worse.
As for the issue of proprietary DRM, we have our beloved Digital Millennium Copyright Act here in the U.S. (sarcasm alert), so, alas, you can’t share tips on circumvention of this toxic technology.
Related: Cracking e-book DRM still forbidden as Librarian of Congress announces DMCA exemption decisions, by Chris Meadows.
Copy of note just sent to B&N’s PR people about the Adobe Digital Editions DRM issue: “What’s the latest? Is the glitch fixed? If not, what’s the ETA? Until the glitch is fixed, will B&N ads and promo warn prospective B&N buyers of the delay? Might there be FTC issues if you don’t, or, for now, are you simply not claiming an ability to read library books or those from other stores? Why does your spec sheet not even mention the ability to read ePub?”
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