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i wear a tricorn hat to sail the seas of bullshit [Dec. 29th, 2016|11:36 am]
Hemlock B. Bootsalotta
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So because my co-workers are lovely, they got me going-away presents. One of them was a pie, which was delicious and they helped me eat it.

The other part of the present was a gift card for Indigo, which is a Canadian book store. "Aha!" says I, "I can finally buy some of the books that are on my wish list." And because we are trying to reduce the number of Things, I went online and created an account on the Indigo website and bought the electronic version of some of the books I wanted.

Now the Indigo e-reader is called a Kobo. When I buy the books the Indigo website ports me over to Kobo to create an account there. This concerns me a little as I don't have a Kobo, I have a Kindle. Not to worry, says the website, you can convert the files using a free Adobe app. So I download the Adobe app. Then I try to convert them so they can be read on my Kindle. Adobe app says nope, those files have DRM. I do a search on the Adobe website, which says, well if you register your Adobe app you can share the files across devices. Fine, I didn't particularly want to have to create yet another account with a third company, but whatever. I register the Adobe app. I download the books again. Adobe app says that's nice, now you have two copies of the files but they still have DRM so I can't put them on your Kindle.

Axel downloads a DRM-breaker. DRM breaker says it could convert the files if it were the previous version of the Adobe app but not this new version.

We collectively say fuckit and torrent the fucking books.

Keep in mind that these are books that I legally purchased, and would like to be able to read on an existing e-reader that I already own, and after hours of nonsense we still couldn't get them into my Kindle. It took all of three minutes to just download an illegal copy, convert it, and bam I'm good to go.

And this is why people pirate shit.

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[User Picture]From: channonyarrow
2016-12-29 04:52 pm (UTC)
A few years ago, I wanted some AC/DC songs. Apparently, their genius cannot be appreciated unless you listen to the full album, so they won't allow single tracks to be sold in the iTunes Store. Unfortunately for AC/DC, their single songs are available on torrents all over the place, so I got what I wanted and I guess they got what they wanted too!
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[User Picture]From: okoshun
2016-12-29 05:50 pm (UTC)
Are you moving to a new company or a new job?
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[User Picture]From: the_siobhan
2016-12-29 05:55 pm (UTC)
I'm actually going back to my old job - my temporary job rotation is coming to end next week.
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[User Picture]From: sabotabby
2016-12-29 05:53 pm (UTC)
DRM summarizes everything wrong with crapitalism.
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[User Picture]From: ashbet
2016-12-29 06:16 pm (UTC)
Argh, I *hate* that!! I'm willing to Buy A Thing to support authors/artists/bookstores, but I am *not* willing to have my devices restricted, or to be unable to share my purchase with Kira when she's sitting right next to me.

Our current solution is to buy books and then crack them, but in the inevitable back-and-forth, my cracker will be overruled by new DRM, and the whole thing starts over. Grrr!!

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[User Picture]From: jeliza
2016-12-29 07:52 pm (UTC)
That sucks. I actually quite like kobo, and buy from there whenever possible (because they give my local indie a cut) but I just read by the app on my phone.

DRM is stupid.
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[User Picture]From: resonant
2016-12-30 12:01 am (UTC)
I am an enthusiastic Kobo supporter (bought multiple readers for myself and family members), despite their increasingly-bad hardware and gradually decaying website. But often I have to resort to other means to get books which I have paid Kobo for, because their support staff does not know how to fix their DRM issues.
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From: nek0_nobasu
2016-12-29 08:32 pm (UTC)
This is why we have eight boxes of old VHS, cassettes, vinyl, and CDs taking up space in the basement. You know, in case anyone asks if we actually bought these things.
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[User Picture]From: icedrake
2016-12-29 09:11 pm (UTC)
Imagine how thrilled you would have been if the books weren't popular enough to be around in torrent form...
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[User Picture]From: the_siobhan
2016-12-29 11:20 pm (UTC)
We have Calibre. It will do the file conversion but it couldn't get around the DRM.
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[User Picture]From: siobhan63
2016-12-30 12:23 am (UTC)
Hmmmm... that's too bad. Well, my back-up solution is to look for a torrent online and download it. You've bought it -- so it's just getting a second copy, right?
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[User Picture]From: the_axel
2016-12-30 07:26 am (UTC)
That's what we did.
It was far easier than buying the books, let alone attempting to get the copy we had paid for onto one of our computers.
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