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  •  This isn't about DRM. (0+ / 0-)

    It's about Barnes & Noble (until recently) and Amazon (still) locking out each other's apps on their own branded devices.  Nook just changed that three weeks ago for the Nook HD and the Nook HD+.

    However, if you have an iPad, an Android tablet, a Windows computer, an Apple computer, or basically anything other than an Amazon Kindle or a non-HD Nook, you can download both the Nook app and the Kindle app (and the Google Books app, and the 3M CloudLibrary reader app, and...) and read whatever you want.

    If you own a Nook HD or a Nook HD+, update your software now.  It opens up the Google Play store, and with that, you can download the Kindle app on your Nook and read anything you want, too.  I read the entire Suzanne Collins "Hunger Games" trilogy using the Kindle app on my Nook HD+.

    Regarding DRM, with books, you're simply not going to win.  It's just far, far too easy to transfer a book's file.  The publishing houses will NEVER allow it.  Period.  They're dubious about ebooks anyway, and they most certainly can put the kay-bosh on the industry if they want in ways the music industry couldn't (because, face it, no one's going to buy books and scan them in, page-by-frakkin-page, the way people were ripping CDs).  The licensing agreements involved in publishing and distributing ebooks are complicated--ask your local librarian.  He or she can explain why.

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