The other day I wrote:
The other major problem I’ve experienced is around Digital Rights Management. I recently bought a trilogy of Adobe format ebooks. I had to download Adobe Reader 7 and do some kind of authorisation process. Now I can’t open the books at all, in spite of all attempts at authorisation. The Adobe web page seems to be telling me I have to go back to the “other computer” and do some process. Since I’ve now reformatted the Powerbook that’s impossible. Sometime soon I’ll follow up on that.
Today I finally checked to see if I could download the eBooks again, and indeed I can. I reauthorised Adobe Reader for about the millionth time (just in case), downloaded the eBooks again and they’ve opened happily.
If you’re interested, the books are a sc-fi trilogy called Tenebrea by Roxann Dawson, who played B’Elanna Torres on Star Trek: Voyager. I’d started out by trying to buy dead tree versions at a price I could afford, with little success, luckily. That’s when I discovered the eBook format, which provided it actually works, saves trees, shelf space and that whole problem of what to do with the book once you’ve read it.