[RndTbl] Fwd: O'Reilly online shop no longer selling individual books and videos

Trevor Cordes trevor at tecnopolis.ca
Thu Jun 29 01:00:57 CDT 2017

On 2017-06-28 Tim Lavoie wrote:
> One question now though, can you still buy DRM-free eBooks? What you
> bought directly from them was unsoiled, but I think everything
> through Amazon or Kobo was DRM-infested.

I'll never buy digital from Amazon so I'm not sure, but I think that Az
is DRM-only and can only be read with Kindle or an Az app or a specific
Az web page (though I could be wrong).  I'm sure some MUUGer has bought
Az digital books and can enlighten us further.

(BTW, Kobo is tied to Indigo/Chapter's competing device/format,
completely incompatible with Az's Kindle.)

Further to my other post, here's some more info on the ORM change:

Official explanation: (disappointed this isn't Tim writing this)

Pages and pages of angry user comments:

Oh ya, and it seems that the biggest loss here is that never again can
one get a PDF format ORM title.  It's toast, kaput.  I tried all the
formats I could use to read my digitally-bought ORM titles and finally
settled on using PDF exclusively as it's the only format I could
stomach.  The others just stunk when it came to layout/formatting and
images/figures.  And their page numbers never made any sense.  With the
PDF I knew I was looking at exactly what the printed book looked like.
Only on my phone would I touch any other format (epub usually), because
of limited screen space.

Final note, I guess MUUG *really* won't be getting any book or ebook
donations from ORM ever again (not that we have for 2+ years now).  And
no more "user group discount".  And I'm pretty sure this also does away
with any future O'Reilly (and possibly sub-brands like No Starch!?)
Humble Bundle like the two MUUG has bought already.

Hey, it could be worse, they could have announced they were
discontinuing print books completely!!!  (Knock on wood...)

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