Friends, where do you buy DRM-less ebooks? My horizons on that front haven’t expanded much since 2014.

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oh I DO know about for audiobooks and am seriously considering getting a 3-month subscriptioon or something.

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@platypus For values of "buy": #LibGen

There are publishers who avoid DRM. O'Reilly notably OTTOMH.

@dredmorbius well that's part of it, I actually want to own the un-DRMed goddamned file on my computer and wherever I choose to back it up

@platypus LibGen delivers on that point.

There is also the Internet Archive, Google Books (for ~pre 1924 materials), and Project Gutenberg.

I've been known to scan full books, though I still need to get the post-scan processing workflow down (there's a very good guide at Wikimedia, also a guide for Linux I've used).

The problem with going to specific publishers is ... I don't read by publisher, I read by topic, author, and specific references I'm interested in. Much older material.

@platypus @dredmorbius tbh the easiest way to do that is to donate the full cost of the book directly to the writer (so that none of it gets siphoned by digital storefronts and various other corporations - the percentage the actual writer gets is usually very low so you'll be doing them a big favor) and then pirate the drm-free ebook file. Everybody wins.

@platypus Depends on the books.

Tech books: Manning, No Starch Press, Pragmatic Programmers (formerly O'Reilly, though they have DRM-free on their stores)

RPGs: One Bookshelf and

Audiobooks: Google Play has all of their books downloadable DRM-free.

Google Play will show you the DRM status of a book but they hide it. Kobo also (I believe) shows status.

Tor ebooks are generally DRM-Free on most platforms, so I've gotten selective about looking at the publisher first.

@platypus Baen is also DRM-free but you have to really want their content. (ahem).

Surprisingly, Humble Bundle
has been great for DRM-free content, but it requires patience and luck.

@platypus I'm curious if there are others that I have missed, as I'm always looking for DRM-free content for similar reasons.

@platypus (Oh, and @mwlucas releases all of his self-published books DRM-free. It helps that he also writes books that I find enjoyable to read).

@craigmaloney @platypus I just checked on kobobooks, and yeah. On the book page under "e-book details" it lists the format, including which DRM or if it's DRM-free. It's far down, below the reviews, but not hidden behind a link or so.

@platypus Depending on your level of moral obligation to the DMCA you could buy defective e-books and fix them.

@akorphan haha. True. It's true. It's just... /gestures it's WORK. Y'know?? I would rather pay $9.99 for a drm-free that I can use right away (or maybe run throguh Calibre quick) vs. $4.99 and have to... get cracking

@platypus I've never had a problem fixing a broken ebook with Calibre and the right plugins, almost as fast as just opening it in Calibre.

@platypus @akorphan you want DeDRM tools, from here:
I've found it works well on Kobo, it should also work on other stores that use Adobe DRM, possibly also Kindle.

@platypus @byronalley

Not directly useful and more of an observation, but most of mine come directly or indirectly from the publisher Tor as its parent company (Macmillan) was convinced to go DRM free across the board and across every platform they sell on. So far probably the largest publisher to decide DRM wasn’t worth it, which is neat.

What is this word, 'buy'? We understand libraries lend.

Some #books older than 50 years with lapsed #copyright like #GeorgeOrwell can be #downloaded for #free from some places :)

@dsfgs Even librarians buy books--print, electronic, and audio. And when they do so, if they're like me, they like to buy copies which they actually own vs. ones which are licensed through Amazon or other big countries.

I don't know if you think you're being cute, but you're not being cute or helpful. Moreover, if you were familiar with how electronic lending systems work, you'd know the many reasons a person might want her own copy of an electronic book even if she's got world-class access.

I found out a few months ago that is also selling e-books now. Not sure how many of them are actually #DRMFree, as it seems it's a user-defined tag ( and it currently doesn't list the (AFAIK DRM-Free) books by one of the Fediverse's self-published authors, @vicorva, as such (though I have informed her of the option, so they might pop up there later; in the mean time see

@platypus Also check out the Humble Bundle deals -- they do a lot of DRM-free stuff, including many ebooks.

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