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Initial post: May 24, 2010 1:31:53 PM PDT
J. M. Isom says:
I see no reason why I should not read a legally purchased ebook on my Kindle so how does one convert a nook (w/DRM) to Kindle readable format?

Posted on May 24, 2010 1:32:32 PM PDT
You don't. That's what DRM prevents.

In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2010 1:41:29 PM PDT
J. M. Isom says:
That's what it tries to prevent, If I legally own a book then I may read wherever and however I can. Unless I'm too lazy or scared to do so.

Posted on May 24, 2010 1:43:13 PM PDT
You do not own a Kindle book (or a nook book, etc.) You own a license to read that file on a specific device (or devices).

Posted on May 24, 2010 1:43:48 PM PDT
YepIt'sBecky says:
There are ways, just do a google search.

Posted on May 24, 2010 1:44:09 PM PDT
KindleKrazy says:
If you do a search in the discussions, you'll find a lot of info and discussion on DRM and conversion. Where there is a will, there is a way...

Posted on May 24, 2010 2:27:49 PM PDT
Marilee says:
I know people do it... they strip purchased books of DRM and are able to send it to their Kindles. I don't know how... though I'm getting a little ticked off that some books are available as eBooks for other readers, just not for Kindles ... and so I might just try it out.

Posted on May 24, 2010 2:42:53 PM PDT
YepIt'sBecky says:
The information is out there, just do a google search "Strip DRM from BnN .pdb or epub format" depending on the formated book you have. I'd post a link but I'm sure Amazon would remove it.

In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2010 2:46:00 PM PDT
Knipfty says:
JM, US Copyright law allows you to make archival copies of your electronic files. However, you are prohibited from stripping any DRM from those files. In addition to this, the agreement you signed upon buying your nook and/or Kindle give you a license to a small group of devices. Go out those devices, and you are in violation of your agreement.

That said, I know of some people who strip the DRM from their books and move them to other devices. It's not unlike those folks who strip their content from DVDs and put their content on hand held devices. I also know that there is a bit of an underground industry of people who build book scanners to convert their DTBs to ebooks.

In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2010 5:48:51 PM PDT
TuxGirl says:
Doing this is illegal in the United States (and a variety of other countries). I believe that providing the instructions and tools is also illegal under the DMCA, but IANAL. I know for a fact that providing information on these forums is against forum policy.

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2010 11:32:50 AM PDT
J. M. Isom says:
If you have any luck please let me know

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2010 11:34:48 AM PDT
J. M. Isom says:
Thank you, if I find anything I will post.

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2010 11:40:17 AM PDT
J. M. Isom says:
Thanks for your reply. I personally believe that the Digital copyright act is not constitutional and was passed by venal legislators at the behest of greedy business men in pursuit of the almighty dollar to the detriment of consumers. How's that for a run on sentence.

Posted on May 25, 2010 11:48:44 AM PDT
Cathy R. says:
One other note - if you did happen to end up... somehow... with an ePub that didn't have any DRM on it, you'd also have to then convert it from ePub to Mobi (.mobi or .prc) for the kindle to read it. Calibre can do that.

Posted on May 25, 2010 7:36:54 PM PDT
Or as C. Ryan says, any other format that you may have that is not "protected" by DRM can be converted to be read on the Kindle using calibre. That is legal by the way. If you find all the above onerous, I suggest you just avoid buying any DRM'd books. There are millions out there that are not protected. Just make sure you buy them and not steal them otherwise we won't have any "honest" books to buy. Baen, SteveJordanBooks, Feedbooks, and many others have books in many formats that will work on the Kindle or any other device.

Posted on May 25, 2010 8:08:32 PM PDT
BareThoughts says:
I actually see no issues with it... one can not play a Wii game on a PS3, one can not play a PC computor game on Wii... so why should ebooks be any different?

Posted on May 25, 2010 8:49:30 PM PDT
Victoria says:
I tend to lean towards the idea this shouldn't be any different from music, rather than games. One cannot play certain games on certain consoles because the CONTENT may be different, due to different characteristics programmed into those devices--the Wii, of course, is known for physical motion interaction, the Xbox for stunning graphics, etc. A song plays the same no matter whether you play it on a record player, cassette player, CD player, or mp3 player. The content doesn't change, only the format does.

Same for ebooks. The content remains the same, only the "security" (which is a total joke) changes. You're still dealing with a text file that presumably contains the same words regardless of whether you buy it from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Sony, or Apple--and whether you buy it as an ebook, hardcover, or paperback! Personal opinion only, of course--and I am not a lawyer, so don't take it as a legal opinion. :)

For those looking, you'll not find much in the way of specific instructions on how to remove DRM as even posting such instructions isn't legal in many countries including the US. But help is out there if you look hard enough. It's not difficult to do once you understand how.

Meanwhile, if this is a hot topic for you either pro or con, consider keeping in touch with your local Congress-critter on this issue. There's plenty of people out there, including those with legal experience in this area, who feel that this is a problem that deserves siginifcant further consideration.
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