• Albert

    So now one would need to be connected online to read a book?? Good luck with that. I am sensing a comeback for print….

  • Karen Myers

    Always on, eh? No more ebooks at the beach? Oh, yeah, that’ll work.

  • Argos

    Adobe can do whatever it wants. I never buy books with DRM anyway. I never will.
    No company can keep the books I paid for under lock an and key… ever.
    I bought over 40 ebooks last year. None of them had DRM.

    Some book publishers are making the same mistake the music industry did years ago. This will alienate and antagonize many passionate readers who spend a lot of money on books, who do not like the horrible restrictiveness of DRM.
    The publishers will lose this battle. There is no doubt about it.

    ´Always Online DRM´

    What a joke. These idiots really do not get it.

  • Ralf

    Always on? Jeepers. Okay, let’s think logically here. We have a technology that allows a device to maintain a charge for weeks at a time, which means that going on holiday to the “country” lets us bring our “books” with us. That was one of the selling points when this was getting off the ground!
    Hail DRM free books! You know, this piracy thing is getting silly.

  • Argos

    “You know, this piracy thing is getting silly.”

    Yes exactly, because DRM never hurts those who pirate books, as pirated books by their very nature have no DRM at all and are truly user friendly. If anything ‘Always Online’ DRM will force legit book owners to search for pirated versions.
    DRM will always get circumvented. You only need one buyer of the paper version to make a scan of the book and any DRM is useless.
    I am a librarian and a book lover. I have a huge paper library and also a huge ebook library. I am proud of my collections. I love to collect and maintain them. Personally I consider an ebook with DRM to be contaminated, infested, filthy, polluted. I do not want anything to do with contaminated books. And I know that many book lovers feel the same. Most of us want to pay for the books we love, but not for those that are contaminated with DRM.

  • Argos

    In fact I know about only one situation in which I would be prepared to own books with DRM: that is if they were free! I very strongly feel I need to be compensated for my willingness to put up with the hassle and restrictions of DRM. I certainly will not pay for such a damaged and contaminated book. But free books do not need DRM in the first place. The conclusion is simple…

  • No, just for pirated books and books sold by indys that don’t use DRM.

  • Ros

    This is the STUPIDEST waste of money ever. I have no idea why publishers are so determined to make it harder and harder for people to buy ebooks. Unless they want to turn everyone to piracy? Seriously. Sell the books at a fair price, abandon geographical restrictions, and MAKE IT EASY for legitimate buyers. It’s not rocket science.

  • Albert

    I see. So they are going to find all the pirated books and stick DRM on them.

  • Elizabeth Drake

    This is ludicrous. I review books and when I get an EARC I use Calibre for two reasons: 1) so that the book doesn’t expire before I get a chance to review it (or go back to my notes if I read it a while ago) and 2) so that I can put it on multiple devices. Any chance we can avoid this by not updating Digital Editions?

  • Ralf

    Wait until forced to update. In the meantime if the plan down the road is that a connection is needed to open a book then spread the news far and wide that this is a non-starter. Period. Full stop. lol, I love doing that. 🙂

  • praxit

    I hear ya mate. With practices like this, its what makes piracy stronger.

  • Erikka Brickey

    To all those offended by DRM: With few big name exceptions, authors spend a vast amount of time and talent with the slim hope of having a book that sells enough to make the venture worthwhile. Add small royalties and high distribution costs, and it’s far from ludicrous that they don’t want their work passed around for free. Do you want to do your best work and be told it’s ludicrous to expect to be paid?

  • Here’s the thing, I can have ideas say similar to popular products such as say minecraft or flappybird. But if someone manages to implement these first, guess what the billions are theirs and my product will be viewed as a clone for being late to market. I could’ve worked hard, even harder, doesn’t matter the market won’t reward me. On the other hand if I had some money to spare I could’ve hired a programmer and artist and gotten similar products out to market first with little to no work on my part yet gotten all the wealth and credit. That’s the way the cookie crumbles.

    If copyrights were a decade or two at most perhaps we could see some defense for this. But right now copyright is virtually indefinite and this can’t be tolerated. Further these people are suffocating libraries with unacceptable DRM.

    In the games industry you do a game like minecraft or flappybird or angry bird and a million other clones emerge. Basically minimum protection for the idea, as it should be.

    In fact I think the government should pay artists a living wage simply for producing art, no need to depend on success or failure. But if they succeed they become wealthy, if they fail they still have bread on the table.

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