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

Adam Thompson athompso at athompso.net
Thu Jun 29 06:25:58 CDT 2017

Both Amazon and Kobo (Rakuten) sell DRM-free e-media.  It largely depends on the publisher.  Both online stores specify whether or not the item you're buying has DRM or not.


On June 29, 2017 1:00:57 AM CDT, Trevor Cordes <trevor at tecnopolis.ca> wrote:
>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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