Reminded that the Microsoft ebook store closes next week. The DRM'd books will stop working.

I cannot believe that sentence.

"The books will stop working."

I keep saying it and it sounds worse each time.

@sybren When this happened with Sony, they did a deal to transfer them over to Kobo. It was really seamless and worked great. I didn't lose any books and I remain a Kobo customer to this day. The world can be better! (And ePubs are hella crackable.)

The thing is, IMO once you buy something it should be yours, regardless of whether the original manufacturer decides to disappear gracefully or abruptly.

@sybren Wow. That's sad. Another eyample why #DRM is a bad idea. And the reason why I only buy #unprotected Music, Movies etc. (e.g. on #bandcamp, or on #CD / #DVD / #Blu-Ray in store).

Unfortunately, I don't know something that works for ebooks, though...

@unfa @sybren imagine being a writer and this happening to your work.
How pissed would you be?
Clearly DRM isn't there to protect authors.

@rgh @sybren I think it's there only to serve publisher's interest. And screw over everyone else.

Imagine they have in future the power to simply "discontinue" your life
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