November 16, 2013

Why Digital Rights Management is Bad

I thought I was going to have to return Game of Thrones (today's BookBub deal) to B&N, because do you think I could get that little stinker open? Nooooo! Argh!

Reader for PC kept going in circles wanting me to enter my Adobe ID and password again and again, while Adobe Digital Editions kept insisting the book was registered to another user account. And my Sony Reader (which reads e-books very well, thank you very much) kept insisting the book was "restricted."

I found one piece of help in the Adobe forums (here's the thread: http://forums.adobe.com/message/1232216). I did what the instructions said, including the technical things like deleting certain folders from my registry (shh, if my husband reads that I went into the registry, he'll poop his pants). And then I reinstalled Adobe Digital Editions without registering it to my computer (that's important, apparently). 

Then I imported the book to Adobe Digital Editions. Looked good so far--no little warning symbol, anyway.

Here's the part that really hurts my brain: it wanted a username or some such thing and an unlock code. Never heard of an unlock code. Back to Google. 

In another thread on the Adobe forums, I learned that the unlock code is the number from my credit card on file with B&N. Would've been nice if they'd just said that! Actually, it would've been nice not to have to enter my credit card number to open a book I've bought and paid for. Grrr.

Now, do you think that most readers would go through all that just to read a book? Do you think they'd ever buy a book from that publisher again?

This, people, is one of the many reasons I hate-hate-hate DRM.

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