DRM-Free Ebook Publishers

Below are a few examples of current ebook publishers that meet the criteria of the Readers' Bill of Rights for Digital Books:

O'Reilly Ebooks
You get lifetime access to ebooks you purchase through Whenever possible we provide them to you in five DRM-free file formats — PDF, ePub, Kindle-compatible .mobi, DAISY, and Android .apk — that you can use on the devices of your choice. Our ebooks are enhanced with color images, even when the print version is black and white. They are fully searchable, and you can cut-and-paste and print them. We also alert you when we've updated your ebooks with corrections and additions.

“Libraries buy direct from us and they own the content,” he said. “Once users download content, they can give it out, share, whatever. They own it.” Scotti explained that once libraries have paid for the content, the e-books are available without charge to everyone at these institutions, so there’s no need to repost or redistribute it online. Once the e-book is downloaded from the library, no return is necessary. “Some of our competitors are afraid to do this,” Scotti said, “but we say, free the content.’”

Please leave a comment if you know of additional publishers/vendors that do not threaten readers' rights!

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O'Reilly are looking better and better

I must say, I think O'Reilly have got this the right way. If I had money to spend on books, then I'd definitely be buying O'Reilly.

One of the guys at work had an eBook and it wasn't DRMed, but it was watermarked. To me then that is the perfect compromise - creating copies is so easy that you can't stop it, so discourage it by associating each purchase to an individual. The only minor hitch is that it might reduce resale (because it'd still be your version) but I'm sure there are ways to handle that.

On top of that then I find you get persistent access *and* they tell you about updates. Why can't more publishers move with the times like O'Reilly seem to?

In my opinion, a watermark

In my opinion, a watermark would violate the buyer's right to privacy. When I buy a paper book, it's not marked with who I am and where I was when I bought it.

I understand the desire to prevent online file sharing, but users who are willing to do that are probably also willing to remove watermarks, so I think this would mainly just expose the private data of non-copyright-infringing users.

If O'Reilly are using watermarks, they may in fact not be compatible with our bill of rights.

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