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  •  Another huge plus for Baen Books, multiple (8+ / 0-)

    formats available for download all DRM free....

    Copy them, give them to friends whatever....Baen and their authors understands that the best advertising for a book is a friend saying, "Hey, ck this out it rocks" and handing them their copy..... new reader hooked and they buy their own copy as well as others in the authors library.....

    Hell often buying one book from Baen will get you a disk with a dozen more and the request to pass it on.....

    Gotta be a sci-fi / fantasy buff though....

    Vaya con Dios Don Alejo
    I want to die a slave to principles. Not to men.
    Emiliano Zapata

    by buddabelly on Wed May 08, 2013 at 01:26:15 PM PDT

    •  Yes, but DRM isn't the issue (1+ / 0-)
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      the license is the issue. In this case, I can't recall if Baen explicitly says that you get perpetual unrestricted use.

      Want a progressive global warming novel, not a right wing rant? Go to www.edwardgtalbot.com and check out New World Orders

      by eparrot on Wed May 08, 2013 at 01:42:02 PM PDT

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      •  yes you do, that's why they're DRM free so there's (3+ / 0-)

        no way to actually restrict what you do with them.

        Plus the Baen free library is a great source forfree sci-fi....it's under reconstruction so many books aren't in it yet,  but the archived copies on the internet archive have the entire old library still available....

        Vaya con Dios Don Alejo
        I want to die a slave to principles. Not to men.
        Emiliano Zapata

        by buddabelly on Wed May 08, 2013 at 02:35:31 PM PDT

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        •  Just took a look at it (4+ / 0-)

          The free ebooks are clearly no strings attached.  The paid ebooks do not say that, they merely say:

          "All of Baen's Ebooks available on its Baen Ebookstore are DRM-free and available worldwide. Once you purchase one of our Ebooks, you can download it as many times as you would like, in as many of the seven formats we provide, for as many Ereaders as you'd like."

          They also say that Baen may lose the rights to host books you've already purchased, so please download copies.

          I'd have to see something more explicit before assuming that I legally had perpetual rights to them and could give copies to whomever I wanted.  That said, it is certainly the least restrictive ebook site I've seen, including Smashwords.

          As a side note, I would guess at least 25% of the top 1000 books on Kindle at any given time are DRM free. Doesn't mean it's legal to keep using them if Amazon tells you you can't but if you copy the files to your computer there's not much they can do about it.

          Want a progressive global warming novel, not a right wing rant? Go to www.edwardgtalbot.com and check out New World Orders

          by eparrot on Wed May 08, 2013 at 05:52:09 PM PDT

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