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OpenInkpot: free software for e-book readers

OpenInkpot: free software for e-book readers

Posted Oct 4, 2009 13:25 UTC (Sun) by dlang (subscriber, #313)
In reply to: OpenInkpot: free software for e-book readers by mjr
Parent article: OpenInkpot: free software for e-book readers

don't mix the amazon bookstore with the kindle device capabilities.

the amazon bookstore uses DRM, but the kindle devices themselves works _very_ well with non DRM content.

the vast majority of the books that I use on my kindle are such non DRM content

you can even use the wispernet to get the non DRM content onto the kindle.

you can e-mail it to the kindle (at $0.15/MB) or download it via the built-in browser (for many data types with the default browser, for other types with user supplied modifications for the browser)

if you don't like the DRM that the amazon bookstore uses, buy your digital books elsewhere, but don't let that stop you from using the kindle devices

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OpenInkpot: free software for e-book readers

Posted Oct 4, 2009 13:40 UTC (Sun) by mjr (guest, #6979) [Link]

Yes well, some of us prefer to buy from vendors that are less control freaky than others.

OpenInkpot: free software for e-book readers

Posted Oct 4, 2009 13:57 UTC (Sun) by dlang (subscriber, #313) [Link]

don't get me wrong, I am not saying that you have to buy from amazon. All I am saying is that DRM is not a reason to avoid the kindle (unless you believe that it is wrong to purchase any device that supports DRM, even if you never use it)

I don't see amazon as being control freaks about the kindle. yes, they have done things wrong in the past (the entire 1984 fiasco), but I believe that they have learned their lesson about this sort of thing.

that's the only think that I see as being 'control freaky' about the kindle. they do not have drastic barriers to loading user software on the devices (they don't go out of their way to support it, but the update process is straightforward and the amazon updates are smart enough to not risk bricking devices if the owners have applied non-standard updates to them)

the only other thing I could see them being accused of being controlling about is the use of the Internet connection, but since that costs them money for the airtime, and their only real limit is that you must use http/https through their proxy servers, it doesn't seem unreasonable to me.

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