Remove DRM from Your eBooks

If you want to remove the DRM from your ebooks, [Apprentice Alf has made it easy with an AppleScript application][aa] that, once you configure it with your device’s information, is simply a matter of dragging your ebook’s file onto it. As Alf makes it clear, the tool is meant for legitimate uses: wanting to read your Kindle books on your iPad using iBooks instead of the Kindle app, or, for me, being able to copy and paste material I want to quote without having to go the long way around in the Kindle setup.

[aa]: http://apprenticealf.wordpress.com/2010/11/18/dedrm-applescript-for-mac-os-x-10-5-10-6/

Nook iOS App Updated

The [Nook app for iOS][] has been updated to include assistive technologies of *zoom* and *voiceover*. (H Who knew they had an app? Given Amazon’s DRM and their tendency to nuke your content and ask questions later, Barnes and Noble has an opportunity here to be the “other guy.” Amazon played that role well for years. B&N needs to catch up. Voiceover is a step in the right direction.

**Update**: Oooo, you can lend books to friends. I think B&N just did something there.

**Added note**: Sorry, Amazon, your insistence that voiceover cuts into audiobooks would mean a little bit more if you hadn’t already acquired Audible. Some of the package deals being offered are getting more interesting, but I don’t think consumers are going to make the leap until the packages for a book include the codex, the ebook, and the audio version approach something like the $25 price point. Maybe $29. The codex, the physical book, may be optional in the near future, but until Amazon makes its DRM and licensing more consumer-friendly, I just can’t risk going all in with digital versions of books.

[Nook app for iOS]: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/u/nook-mobile-apps/379003593