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It's Easier to Break the Law

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Aret Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Don't worry mods, i'll keep it innocent and not describe in too much detail the ways in which i'm a dirty, nasty law breaker. :flirty:

Thing is, I love reading, and in the last year, i've decided I love e-reading. And I have this fancy, expensive tablet (not the art kind, but the Asus Transformer) on which I adore reading books.

DRM prevents this.

Although I bought the fucking books with real money from Kobo, Kobo's OWN APP will not open the books on my tablet. I can't find any way around this. I've tried every fucking thing I can think of, and I can't access MY OWN BOOKS.

DRM never used to be a thing I thought about at all, but now it's literally ruining my ability to enjoy books. And I mean, i'm sitting here with real money that I would be willing to offer companies. It's not like I want to be doing illegal things. I feel like i'm backed into a corner here. Book stores are hard to get to, and ebooks are more transportable and convenient, so i'm not quite willing to give them up, but they're making this hard on me.

So I did what I had to do and in less than a minute I was able to access MY books on whatever I wanted. I find it aggravating that I had to pay extra money to use MY STUFF though. The free programs suck too much.

And for all their worries about pirating? Guess what, I tried that first, and failed. People don't fucking pirate books. The internet generation might as well be illiterate for all the actual literature on torrent sites and the like.
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GrimCW Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
isn't DRM fun? and then locking us down to one device line or another on top of it..

TBH its why i do enjoy my IPad, while not much better on the DRM its built in book reader is nice enough to stick with (and its free with the device)
and a quick jailbreak makes it easy enough to import other digital books to the Ibook reader for other ones that i had..

sucks having everything stuck in itunes though.. fucking can't stand itunes...
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:iconaret:
Aret Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I feel the same about my iPod. I adore it, but itunes is a load of bullshit. :<

I might have got an iPad but i'm now firmly an Asus fan, and their tablet is just amazing. Plus it comes with a detachable keyboard and is several hundred dollars cheaper.
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GrimCW Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Heh, tbh i love Asus's PC hardware. Always been a huge fan and have had an Asus running my systems for nearly 10 years now.
haven't tried their tablet yet.. Didn't exist when i got my Ipad...
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TheMaidenInBlack Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
:paranoid: curiously enough, I can find ebooks fine via torrents. Not as many as I'd like to, but a whole good bunch of them. I got my mother a Paperwhite for Christmas, and downloaded a bunch of ebooks in Italian (I'm surprised there even WERE torrents for those, it's like Italy is a third world country or something).

Also, Calibre is a good application I've been using, and it's free.
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SynapticBoomstick Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well that's damn brilliant :roll:, yet another reason for me to stick to paperbacks.
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Cleverzed Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeeaaahh I have noticed how fucking difficult it is to find ebooks on torrent sites. Demonoid had quite a few, but the last time I checked demonoid didn't exist anymore.
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i-stamp Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
I don't get these people who are all like 'Feel of pages, smell of book!' I pick up books because I like reading, not the feel or smell of paper. I want as many books as I can digest with my eyes, and I don't want to break the bank or my back getting them. So e-reader was not a hard decision.

Any way, if you can get the book files on your hard drive, using a file converter breaks the drm. Means it won't work with cloud storage though.
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:iconaret:
Aret Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I do like the feel of a real book, and there is some pleasure in turning pages, but ultimately I agree with you, what I enjoy most is the books. I care about the stories, not how they're presented.
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GoGo-T-W Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013   Traditional Artist
Most of the books I've been getting lately are pop-up books and children's picture books, so they're pretty useless as electronic. :lol:
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81984 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
:iconangelishi: go spam her fucking page!
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:iconaret:
Aret Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
No. Fuck you.
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81984 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
No. Fuck you!
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Pokey-Bunny Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I still like paper books best. :saddummy:
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:iconaret:
Aret Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah. But they aren't quite as convenient and are more expensive.
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Pokey-Bunny Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, but I can smell them.
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Felissauria Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ew. I use the Kindle app and never have issues. :o Have you tried calling the Kobo peoples?
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:iconaret:
Aret Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Kobo is less than useless. It took them over a year and a half to resolve my account issues with them, for example. :/
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Felissauria Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow :C Dem cunts
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SilverFangOtaku Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
I prefer having books in my hand than on a tablet. I want to complete my Warriors library with the real things, not some dinky doodads.
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Shantella Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm kinda on the fence about whether or not I want an e-reader. I had the same problem with the kindle app on my phone a year or so ago. But thankfully, it was a free e-book I downloaded so I didn't loose any money.

I have enough books to keep me happy now. I just started reading the Sherlock Holmes books that my parents bought 30+ years ago. They were kept in good condition and I believe I have all the stories. :la: The only problem I have with them is when I start reading it I have a hard time putting it down! :3
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CrimeRoyale Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional
You use a Kobo.

There's the problem.
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:iconaret:
Aret Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I don't anymore. I use the Kobo app. That said, I only use it because none of the other ones work either, and i've had my account with them for ages.
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CrimeRoyale Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional
You should get a Nook! Nyah!
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Kinrift Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
DRM is a bitch.
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MisterTurtle Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Books all the way baby.

I fucking LOVE that new-book smell, especially paperbacks. I love even better the old-book smell, all that dust and whatnot creates an atmosphere of ancient knowledge that e-readers simply cannot recreate. Besides, the left-to-right left-page-right-page is easier than left to right endless column.
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redmarlin Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
I.. I just can't get an e-reader. Not just because I don't read, but because there's something alluring about having a nice-looking book on your shelf. The feel of the page, the thickness of the book, it's not just something you read, it's something that has aesthetic value. Plus, you buy it once, you can read it wherever the hell you want.
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:iconaret:
Aret Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I agree, which is why I still read my physical books, and buy some too. But ebooks are less hard on the tree population, and for someone who speed reads like me, far more convenient. If I finish a book on the bus or something, i'm hooped until I get home. If I finish a book on my tablet, i've got nearly my entire collection to pick from.
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Tenshizuru Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
My Kindle is supposed to be able to read pdfs but even if I manage to get it on the device, it won't fucking open. Why do they make things so hard? :crying:
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ClayGauged Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
Huh, I've never had an issue with pdfs on my Kindle. I use a program called Calibre for ebook storage on my computer, and to upload and remove books from my Kindle. I've found it simplifies the process a lot, and it's free.
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Tenshizuru Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
It puts it on my Kindle but it still says unable to open :shakefist: I think I have to contact Amazon support or something.
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Tenshizuru Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
I'll definitely try that. :fingerscrossed:
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ArtisticAxis Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Torrents.
Torrents everywhere.
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:iconaret:
Aret Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Not for everything.
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dorkface4 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Use something to get rid of the DRM then convert using Calibre. Or use Adobe Digital Editions, it should be able to read Kobo books if they're in epub format.
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:iconaret:
Aret Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I did, that's the point. My tablet can read any kind of book in any format with the right app, but will not read DRM protected books that I downloaded first to my computer.
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monkeydoodles Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Don't feel bad. You paid for those books. Kobo's backend has some problems that still need to be ironed out.
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Aret Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I don't feel bad, just frustrated. Moreover, the quality of the books is so crap they are near unreadable in places. The ones I torrented are better than the ones I paid for. :/
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Juliabohemian Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
I still go to the library...
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:iconaret:
Aret Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
The library is not easy access, here.
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:iconjuliabohemian:
Juliabohemian Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
That's a shame. I am spoiled, as I have several at my disposal.
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kawaii-cookies Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Student General Artist
FINALLY :dummy: someone else that goes to the library :lol:
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Juliabohemian Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
It seems like mostly kids are there, doing their homework, whenever I go.

I also bought a like new hardback copy of Order of The Phoenix for $2 from their book bin.
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:iconredmarlin:
redmarlin Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Damn son, I remember when that book first came out...
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:iconjuliabohemian:
Juliabohemian Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
I think I was 30 when that book came out...
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:iconredmarlin:
redmarlin Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
I think I was in elementary school :O
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:iconjuliabohemian:
Juliabohemian Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
Yeah
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kawaii-cookies Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Student General Artist
see, that's why i love libraries. books are cheap. nice and quiet. no chavs in sight. :lol:
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Juliabohemian Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Chav -is that like a hoodlum?
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kawaii-cookies Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Student General Artist
eyup :lol:
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