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Apple's iPad Ebooks Won't Use Adobe DRM

An Adobe executive told Computerworld Thursday that Apple will not use Adobe Systems Inc.'s e-book DRM technology on the iPad. Instead, according to an unnamed source, Apple will offer its own FairPlay DRM technology to publishers instead. Currently Apple uses FairPlay to protect movies and TV shows offered on iTunes, however the company discontinued its use with music last year.

Nick Bogaty, senior business development manager at Adobe, told Computerworld that iPad consumers will be locked into Apple's ecosystem by incorporating FairPlay. This means that e-books purchased through the iBookstore will be locked to the iPad, leaving them nontransferable to other devices. Given Apple's track record with the iPhone and iPod models, this move shouldn't be surprising.

"With iBooks, there's no freedom of choice," Bogaty said. He also added that Adobe's DRM isn't quite so restrictive, allowing consumers to use any e-reader they want, and to purchase e-books from any online retailer that uses Content Server. That's obviously not the case with FairPlay.

Ebooks designed with Flash videos may still sell via Apple's iBooks app. Instead of the imbedded video, readers will see a static screenshot in its place. The text, however, will remain unaffected. It's also possible that Apple will reject e-books built around Flash objects, identifying them as less secure and requiring publishers to generate Apple-friendly versions.

  • agnickolov
    Looks like there's nothing fair about FairPlay...
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  • abhinav_mall
    DRM is just a pain in ass for user who buy legitimate material. Thank-god paperback doesn't come with a DRM !!!
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  • xtc28
    ^Beat me to it! But I agree there is nothing fair about that! Sounds like a market control move to me. I will not be purchasing one of these . I'm building my own tablet........ That can run what ever I want! 17" of pure awesomeness. performance wise .... I believe it should kick the crap out of apples feminine hygiene pad considering its a laptop i5 board and proc. Just wait for my thread!!!
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  • the associate
    I love that we could be 50 to 100 years in advance in technology were it not for moves like this...
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  • m-manla
    Raise your hand if you were surprised by this.
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  • the associate
    ^you got me there...
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  • http://www.200linx.es/ The new iPad Home page!
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  • Regulas
    Until they come out with a unerversal approach (like .jpg or.mp3) no digital books for me or readers. My laptop does just fine.
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  • What a greedy move by apple. I am against all forms of DRM, but I expect big business to use it any chance they can. But refusing to use what is now the universal "standard" for e-books is really greedy.
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  • JohnnyLucky
    Definitely no surprises here.
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