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iRex iLiad e-Reader: Linux's Answer to the Kindle?

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| David Chisnall jumped on the E Ink bandwagon with a Linux-based iRex iLiad.
| After spending a while using the device, he has some interesting perspectives
| to share.
| A few weeks ago, I bought a new toy. A lot of my work involves reading—mainly
| research papers—and I justified the purchase to myself by saying it was to
| make this task easier. The new toy was an iRex iLiad, one of a new category
| of device that emerged when E Ink hit the commercial market.


Devices are dominated by Linux. DRM is the enemy though. Also in the news:

Volante POS Systems Announces Wireless, Linux POS Solution

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| Volante POS Systems has announced a wireless POS solution for Linux, allowing
| for a flexible and cost effective solution for the hospitality industry.



Adobe Digital Editions: a Fraud!

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| I am not decided yet whose fraud is bigger: Adobe's one, or that of the
| e-book publishers who infamously market the digital content for Adobe Digital
| Editions as content for Adobe Reader? *
| [...]
| You should therefore avoid e-books from HarperCollins, and be cautious: when
| the DRM'ed contents "fine-grained rights", it's unlikely to be a PDF (even if
| marketed as "Adobe Reader"), but something worse. *



Mobipocket books on Kindle

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| We've known for some time already that Amazon's AZW files are actually Mobi
| files, but Amazon didn't share Kindle's Mobi PID which would allow one to buy
| encrypted Mobi books for Kindle. *
| Well, I've discovered the algorithm used to generate the PID and was able to
| use it on Fictionwise, but there was another catch. AZW files have a flag set
| in the DRM info which is not present in books bought from other vendors.
| After fixing that, I could read the book on Kindle. *


Don't let DRM get between you and a good book

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| Amazon Kindle (Swindle), Sony Reader (Sh-reader), and others are all
| competing to control how, what, and when we can read with their competing
| Digital Restrictions Management technologies. Let's let them know that we
| won't buy their ebook readers until they get rid of the DRM! *


The Kindle Swindle

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| It seems that Amazon only cares to oppose DRM when they can profit from it,
| such as when they advertise their MP3's as "Play Anywhere, DRM-Free
| Downloads." The same is not true for Kindle ebooks. Perhaps if they were
| honest they would advertise their ebooks as "Play Only Here, DRM-Laden Kindle
| Ebooks." * *

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