iBooks To Have FairPlay DRM: Report

iBooks To Have FairPlay DRM: Report

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."
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lol or you can just print the screen with the text and share :D

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lol that must get really expensive, imagine someone printing out a whole book. 

I'm really not surprised Apple implemented DRM onto their e-books considering most of the music that can be purchased from itunes are also locked by DRM.

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Someone, please send DVD Jon an iPad for "testing".

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lol, well you can't blame clueless corporate executives for trying.

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This really makes no sense though, so you'd never guess it was coming out of Apple. How is DRM not acceptable in music, but is in books? That makes no sense I am an avid reader and a lover of all music as well as the artists who bring it to us. However; would a person who writes music be more valid than a musician or something? Of course it is an iPad so not unexpected being as it's a gimped device anyways, why not throw some added restrictions on it right.

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Rofll it would also seem to me if Fairplay is already cracked on Itunes that it would work directly for this platform as well or would do so with minor editing.

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Silly iPad... I am completely uninterested in this. :-) I'll wait for something better.

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DRM on a new device/service/media = me waiting for a non-DRM competitor to offer the same service (or the original to drop DRM).

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I have been blissfully reading on my iPod Touch for the past month, and to paraphrase The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: "DRM? What DRM? We don't got no DRM. We don't need no steenkin' DRM!"

This is because every single one of the books I'm interested in is either unavailable digitally, or exists in the public domain. The Stanza ereader (the best, in my opinion, though lacking a feature or two I'd like) downloads directly from Project Gutenberg and other etext sites; it can, if you insist, pay for a more current book but why bother?

FairPlay is not the most draconian management tools out there. After purchase, you're allowed five different computers/mobile devices to install your music or literature onto. My sympathy to those of you who absolutely must read the latest Danielle Steele book-like product on six electronic gadgets at the same time.

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it would seem that a normal book, which does not have any battery life and does not have any limitations on how many people read it seems to have the edge....lol

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