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I have all my books. Sort of.

Inspired by the question about Kobo and Calibre: I have a library of kindle books that were purchased through a shared Amazon account that are mine, but I don't believe I can get them on to my Kindle due to the DRM. How do I unlock my library? [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven on Dec 27, 2016 - 9 answers

Luddite seeks non-DRM printer

I am looking for a printer. The kids seem to have subtly destroyed my old Epson Stylus 740. I am now seeking another inkjet which: supports 3rd party cartridges, and will still print B&W if the color is empty. From the research I've done, this looks suspiciously like I'm looking for an old printer. [more inside]
posted by ivan ivanych samovar on Aug 19, 2016 - 14 answers

Is there any way to download Barnes and Noble ebooks directly now?

I just received a gift card to Barnes and Noble for my birthday. I've been avoiding buying ebooks there for some time now because I store all of my ebooks on Calibre, where I can edit them and manipulate them directly, but I would rather spend this money on ebooks rather than analog books if I can--if I can be assured that I can download, back up, and store my own copy on Calibre. Is there still a way to do this? [more inside]
posted by sciatrix on Sep 5, 2015 - 14 answers

A Slow Surrender: Questionable Feature Additions to Open-Source Tools

Following a spate of features added to Firefox in recent months which are arguably for the benefit of content-providers, rather than users, are there other otherwise friendly, open-source tools to which similar features have been added? Are there watchdog groups/resources which monitor this? [more inside]
posted by Ian.I.Am on Aug 11, 2015 - 5 answers

Kindle to pdf / jpg / etc

Whats the best way to get a Kindle children's picture book into a format that I can display in Google Slides or PowerPoint? [more inside]
posted by rossination on Jul 25, 2015 - 3 answers

How to Protect PDF Files for Online Distribution?

I have a client who wants to sell ecourses in pdf format, but doesn't want the pdfs to be able to be easily shared. The only solution I can find is a monthly DRM subscription but they think that's too expensive and that there must be another alternative... [more inside]
posted by kooop on Apr 22, 2014 - 5 answers

Help converting audible .aax files for use on jump drive in car

Recently, I am finding myself with a significant amount of drive time. I have many audio books I have downloaded from amazon which use the audible proprietary .aax file. They play in iTunes but I need to put them on a jump drive so that my MicroSoft sync system in my car will recognize them and allow me to listen. I could care less about the DRM, sharing or any of that business. I just want to be able to use the files outside of my Mac. They are too long to burn to a CD I have searched the web with no satisfaction. Any answers, oh wise mefi?
posted by ooklah on Jan 17, 2014 - 3 answers

Please explain like you are talking to a 3rd grader

I have a kindle and a kobo. I am trying to switch permanently from my kindle to my kobo which I will make my new ereader because it has many other options as well ( the tablet offerings). I have downloaded the epub mobi,az, etc. converter and epub master. I need to remove the kindle DRM to be able to move the kindle books to the kobo. Everything I read makes it seem so straightforward yet, there must be one thing I am missing. I have searched mefi for answers but am not finding anything that helps. Within my reading, it appears that using those programs you add the file and it converts it, super easy. Mine are not converting. [more inside]
posted by femmme on Dec 26, 2013 - 7 answers

E-reader app for ipad (ios 5.1.1) that can manage DRM?

So, a patron at my library wants to read our e-books on his old ipad. The ipad can only be uppgraded to ios 5.1.1 because it's from the first generation. The app we usually recommend (bluefire reader, I´m in Sweden so no overdrive-model here) requires ios 6.0. The app must be able to manage epub with DRM. Does anyone know if such an app exists?
posted by Tawny Owl on Nov 4, 2013 - 4 answers

Government of Mexico's Disaster Risk Management Strategy

I know this is a long shot, but does anyone have information on how the Government of Mexico was able to convince it's citizens that investing in disaster risk management (DRM) insurance/cat bond schemes was worthy of their tax money? [more inside]
posted by msk1985 on Mar 8, 2013 - 2 answers

iTunes Music Store on Android

Last year I bought a new Android device that replaces a long string of iPods. I just now noticed that a couple things in my music library are not playable on it because they were purchased from the iTunes Music Store! What to do? [more inside]
posted by mkb on Feb 17, 2013 - 10 answers

Ripping Gaiam DVD for iPad - Handbrake Not Helping

I am trying to rip a few of my favorite Gaiam yoga DVDs for my iPad. I used Handbrake, but the ripped file resulted in a distorted picture (though the sound was fine). I tried various Handbrake settings, but the result was the same. How can I make this work, and view my DVD on my own device (damn you, DRM!)?
posted by Atrahasis on Jan 28, 2013 - 8 answers

Installing Mountain Lion

I'm selling my mid-2010 iMac on eBay. In the ad, I want to say that I'll include a copy of Mountain Lion on a USB stick so the buyer can install the OS once they take possession of the computer. What I don't know is what will happen if the buyer doesn't yet own a copy of Mountain Lion and they try to install the copy I give them which was downloaded using my Apple ID. [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 on Jan 1, 2013 - 8 answers

Looking for social drm solutions providers for epubs?

Looking for Social DRM solutions/prorgram providers for epubs. [more inside]
posted by elpapacito on Sep 24, 2012 - 12 answers

So THIS is that nasty DRM thing they talk about...

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? [more inside]
posted by badgermushroomSNAKE on May 14, 2012 - 11 answers

Transparent DRM

I'd like to make certain documents at work (mostly PDFs) only openable to logged-in domain members based on group membership. Watermarking with account credentials would be a plus. [more inside]
posted by benzenedream on Apr 17, 2012 - 8 answers

How do libraries acquire and manage ebooks?

How do public libraries select, purchase and manage ebooks? [more inside]
posted by burnfirewalls on Jan 16, 2012 - 5 answers

How to track letters we send out?

So I've been tasked to find some sort of 'document repository & tracking system' for use in the non-profit I work for. I could really use your help. [more inside]
posted by mordecai on Dec 14, 2011 - 10 answers

eBook reading via computer help.

Help with viewing eBook on computer. (details inside) [more inside]
posted by melizabeth on Nov 3, 2011 - 9 answers

Will Software Defender screw up my computer?

Anyone know anything about a DRM package called "Software Defender"? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 16, 2011 - 6 answers

What computer games work without any internet connection?

My friend is currently out serving somewhere in the middle east for the next six months and would like some new computer games to play. The problem is that he has absolutely no internet connection so anything that needs to go online (eg. multiplayer or - more annoyingly - DRM) won't work. What good games can you recommend I buy and post to him? [more inside]
posted by mr_silver on May 19, 2011 - 24 answers

How to convert Audible files to mp3 using open source or free software?

How to convert Audible files to mp3 using open source or free software? [more inside]
posted by richb on Mar 13, 2011 - 7 answers

How to sell EPUB books for programmers

Selling EPUB e-books, adding on to a custom shopping cart app: handle like any downloadable file? DRM? If DRM is a bad idea, good layperson-accessible article explaining clearly why not? If DRM is a good idea, how is it implemented? [more inside]
posted by amtho on Feb 22, 2011 - 14 answers

Just how light is Silverlight

Does enabling protected content in Silverlight install anything nasty? [more inside]
posted by still_wears_a_hat on Jan 30, 2011 - 2 answers

Does a monitor have to have an HDMI input in order to display commercial Blu-Ray films?

Are HDMI cables a requirement for watching commercial Blu-Ray movies? If I put a Blu-Ray drive in my computer, will I be able to watch Blu-Ray movies on a monitor that is hooked up via some non-HDMI cable? (DVI, VGA, whatever) [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Jan 27, 2011 - 13 answers

I am she as she is me as you are me and we are all together

Is it possible to merge two iTunes accounts into one? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Oct 6, 2010 - 12 answers

Does re-ripping a lossy track the same way lower the quality?

I have a number of DRM-ed iTunes songs that are not available to upgrade to iTunes Plus. If I burn the songs to CDs and re-rip them in AAC format (i.e., the original codec) at the same bitrate as the originals, will I lose sound quality? If so, is there a better way to strip off the DRM? [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek on Sep 27, 2010 - 13 answers

iTunes wants to delete all my apps!

I just plugged my work-provided iPad in to my office computer, and it's saying if I don't authorize this computer all the apps (that I paid for) will be deleted; but then it says 5 computers are already authorized so I can't! Please help. [more inside]
posted by misskaz on Sep 21, 2010 - 4 answers

iphone and itunes don't like each other. help!

iphone and itunes don't like each other. help! [more inside]
posted by krautland on Jun 6, 2010 - 5 answers

DVD to iPad?

DVD ripping newbie wants to know: how easy and legal is it to rip DVDs so they can be watched on an iPad? [more inside]
posted by hhc5 on May 31, 2010 - 20 answers

Is it possible to track where a PDF file goes once in the wild?

How easy or possible is it to track when/where a PDF file is transmitted or opened once it goes out into the wild? [more inside]
posted by MuffinMan on May 7, 2010 - 12 answers

Is my iPad protecting me from the non-commercial use of my own content?

Can I use an iPad for something I haven't purchased? Specifically, do the ebook apps only work on content I've bought or obtained through either Amazon or the iBookstore? [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan on May 5, 2010 - 10 answers

How do pirates pirate?

When a software pirate cracks a program, what exactly does s/he do? [more inside]
posted by Lifeson on Apr 23, 2010 - 19 answers

I Want My Free (As In Speech) Ebooks!

Where can I find a good selection of DRM-free Science Fiction and Fantasy ebooks in ePub format? [more inside]
posted by ChrisR on Feb 5, 2010 - 6 answers

DRM solution for small business?

How can a small business use DRM to protect its IP? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Sep 17, 2009 - 15 answers


I have a bunch of HDTV shows recorded on a HD DVR. How can I make a video compilation without knowing anything about video editing? Complication: Linux household. [more inside]
posted by halogen on Sep 11, 2009 - 5 answers

iPhone app syncing woes

I just sold out and got an iPhone 3gs. After some amount of pain and a few virtual images and iTunes installs, I finally got all of my contacts synced over, and I have discovered that I can't sync from multiple PVs like I used to. Not a problem- except for apps. [more inside]
posted by MysticMCJ on Jul 14, 2009 - 6 answers

Best way to manage decryption/decompression of iPhone app bundle resources?

How to best encrypt and compress a folder of html-files in the iPhone app bundle, and unpack on first start? (DRM) [more inside]
posted by avocade on Mar 4, 2009 - 14 answers

Legalities of Selling Legally Downloaded Music?

Assuming I am true and honest to my word and delete the music from my hard drive once I sell it, how can I legally make money selling old music that I have legally downloaded and no longer want? [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 on Jan 12, 2009 - 10 answers

Please help me get my new MacBook Pro projecting through the projector

What do I need to look for in an HDMI switch that will enable my Mini-DisplayPort video signal to reach my projector? [more inside]
posted by bryanjbusch on Jan 1, 2009 - 4 answers


What is the future of HDCP -- are DVDs likely to adopt it, and is it going to mess me up? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool on Nov 24, 2008 - 9 answers

Found an iTouch!

What can I do with a thrown away iTouch? [more inside]
posted by Justinian on Oct 17, 2008 - 12 answers

DRM free me baby!

How can I be sure I buy DRM free? [more inside]
posted by doorsfan on Jun 3, 2008 - 19 answers

Do I need to deauthorize old or unused iPod devices on iTunes?

iPod / iTunes help (Windows)... After Mrs. KokuRyu dumped her iPod nano in the toilet, I bought her a new one. I had an iPod nano myself, but I lost it. Prior to that, I had an iPod shuffle, which I still own and would like to continue to use. ***Before I hook up the new iPod for Mrs. KokuRyu, do I have to deauthorize the old iPods? Is there anything I should do?*** As well, we have music libraries bought on iTunes spread across three computers, and the music is all encoded using Apple's AAC.
posted by KokuRyu on May 10, 2008 - 6 answers

Need a player to listen to audiobooks

Looking for the best portable players for DRM audiobooks and other large MP3 files [more inside]
posted by reenum on Apr 22, 2008 - 9 answers

I think it boiled down to having a cooler name for the technology.

Now that the HD format war is apparently over, should I renew my search for a 60GB PS3, get a standalone player or wait a while longer? [more inside]
posted by geckoinpdx on Feb 20, 2008 - 11 answers

Played Playa

You guys gave me some brilliant music suggestions in a previous question. So here's the next part of the problem. I need to manage my music. There are issues and I'm feeling very stupid. [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Feb 2, 2008 - 12 answers

Does emusic use watermarking ?

Does emusic.com watermark mp3s and if so, what is in the watermark and can you provide technical details on this watermarking ?
posted by pixx on Dec 19, 2007 - 18 answers

What is the best (or any) Mac software to put protected WMAs on my iPod?

What is the best (or any) Mac software to put protected WMA audiobooks, from my local library via NetLibrary, on my iPod? [more inside]
posted by x41-pbj on Dec 11, 2007 - 4 answers

Part 2 in a 2 part series of questions regarding DRM and public speaking...

Part 2 in a 2 part series of questions regarding DRM and public speaking... [more inside]
posted by zacharyseibert on Nov 8, 2007 - 8 answers

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