In what should surprise few, Apple will sell e-books in its iBook store wrapped in its FairPlay digital rights management (DRM, copy protection) technology, according to unnamed sources speaking to the L.A. Times
. Consumers may recall that Apple phased out DRM for music in the iTunes store last year, but still has DRM warpping around other content.
The majority of publishers are expected to use FairPlay for their e-books. The iBook store will sell e-books in the ePub open standard, but the ePub standard allows for proprietary DRM tools, such as FairPlay, to wrap the content.
FairPlay is used to restrict the number of devices that can access purchased content; it's usually set to 5 computers, iPods or iPhones, and the like. Of course, FairPlay has been cracked on iTunes music before; there's ever possibility that this would be cracked as well.
Naturally, we are not advocating for such "cracking."