So THIS is that nasty DRM thing they talk about...
May 14, 2012 10:44 AM Subscribe
So, I have an ebook in the epub format. I want to read it on a device that is not the one I downloaded it to. Calibre informs me that this book is locked by DRM. I still want to read it on this device, and I don't want to buy the book twice - how do I make it so?
posted by badgermushroomSNAKE to Computers & Internet (11 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I bought an .epub book, with real money, legally and everything! Go me!
Now, a few weeks later, I've read it on my Nook Color, and I want access to it on another computer (not the one I bought the book from, and not one that I can easily hook my Nook up to to transfer the file). I was able to re-download the file from bn.com to this secondary computer, but Calibre informs me that the file is DRM-protected and I'm shit out of luck if I want to actually read it, because it's too indignant about the concept of DRM to handle such files.
I'm not willing to pay for this book twice. I usually stay away from DRMed media files, but when I bought this one I did it on an impulse and it didn't even occur to me to check whether it was DRMed.
Am I really out of luck? Is there truly no way for me - logged into my Barnes & Noble account, mind you - to tell B&N "no, really, this is me, the person who paid you for the book. Please let me read it here!"? If I manage to hook my Nook up to this computer, will I be able to copy that version of the file over and read it, or am I really just not going to be able to do one single thing with this .epub file other than read it on my Nook, and my Nook only?
Tl;dr question versions:
From this (secondary) compuyter: Is there a way for me to read this DRMed file, that I bought *%^*$ legally, on this machine? Right now, today?
From my primary computer or Nook Color: Is there a way to un-DRM the file from there, so I can then read it on the secondary computer?